(Closed) MENU HELP!!!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would you go with menu #1 or menu #2?
    Menu #1--heavy hors d'oeuvres : (26 votes)
    57 %
    Menu #2--traditional plated : (20 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would save the extra money and go with option #2. They both sound great though. 

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee

    Just note that with hors d’oeuvres only, people will like eat more 1) because that’s the only food available 2) if you’re sitting and drinking and talking – you’re gonna be munching on the available food.  so if you’re only serving hors d’oeuvres, it will probably have to be more of it than for a typical cocktail hour.

    also because of the time of the ceremoney and reception, people will probably eat a big breakfast and then be at your event for 5 hours so that is enough time to get hungry for a meal again

    Post # 6
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    How many guests will you have? When it says “for 40” does that mean 40 pieces or 2 or 3 pieces each per person?

    I think the hors d’ouevres sounds lovely if there is really enough food for everyone.

    I have never been served cold or rubbery food at a plated dinner at a wedding (but I have at a buffet).

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee

    We’re doing heavy hors d’oeuvres because we like the variety that they offer.  I agree with not liking to be forced to sit at a certain table for hours too.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee

    and with a buffet, you’re carrying plates of food, walking around in heels with a dress.  i’m clumsy (or balance-challenged lol) and I dislike buffets.  and when they run out of something, you have to wait for a refill or do without.

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    this may not be the best piece of advice, but both sound amazing.

    i’ve been to weddings where it is only cocktail appetizers though, and it can get annoying trying to stand; hold a drink; and a plate or napkin and eat.  standing for 5 hours can also get draining after a while on your feet.  i suggest if you do that, make sure you have tables.  there were chairs along the sides of the reception, and people were fighting for the chairs to get a break (as there wasn’t enough) and by the end of the night i couldn’t dance and could barely walk after 4 hours in heels.  everyone ended up being herded around the perimeter by the end of the night where all the chairs were.

    that’s IMO though, it’s your decision ultimately!

    Post # 11
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    @KelannaDC:  Just for reference, we had 5 hors d’ouevres with 3 pieces per person (so 15 total per person) and a full crudite of vegetables, cheese, crackers, and fruit at cocktail hour, before a full plated dinner. It all go eaten. 

    The pasta and carving station will help, but this doesn’t sound like enough food, especially with how light the crudite/cheese/fruit spread is.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee

    @KelannaDC:  i’m sorry! i wasn’t trying to nitpick lol.  it’s just things i know i wouldn’t have thought of if someone hadn’t mentioned them.  

     

    the hors d’oeuvres sound delicious btw.  and you and your wife know your guests best so whatever you envision for that day will be lovely.  the people that love you will show up to support you and eat and have a good time

    Post # 13
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    And I agree with PPs that no matter what you choose, you need a wide variety of tables and a seat somewhere for every single person to be able to sit down at the same time.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee

    @Ms-Lace:  yes, supremely uncomfortable standing in heels while holding a clutch, a napking, food, and a drink.  it is quite the juggling act.  maybe tables or the high bar-type tables (i’m not sure what your venue offers) and chairs, definitely chairs

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

    #1 sounds delicious, and like plenty of food for 40-some people. They’ll be eating like it’s lunch, not dinner. That said, it’s a ton more money, and really, I don’t think any guest thinks that hard about the food at a wedding–they’re just happy to eat and drink and party on someone else’s dime. So I think you could do #2 and no one would bat an eye.

    Also I am with the PPs who said make sure you have seating for everyone. People need a place to plant jackets, purses, cameras, etc. I hate trying to juggle everything without spilling or looking like a fool or asking Fiance to hold my junk every time I need to pee or go get another drink or whatever.

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