(Closed) My revised menu – enough food?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 48
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@Ellegee:  I agree. This is the main thing I would be concerned about. The guests don’t know how many they are supposed to take, so they could very easily take more than the OP planned. If the first half of the guests take more than they were supposed to, it’s very likely the food could run out before the second half gets any or they may have fewer apps than planned. 

 

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@mtnhoney:  Like maraschino said, it’s awesome that you are taking the hive’s advice and working to correct the problem. Will you let your guests know how many apps they are supposed to have or portion the apps for them in anyway? That’s the only thing I see that could still present a real problem. The fact that you’re having apps during dinner time isn’t ideal, but running out of apps all together before everyone has been served would really be awful. I hope everything goes well!

Post # 50
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@mtnhoney:  Is there anyway you could pre-portion them? I think people would be less likely to take two plates of apps than just keep getting one more from a large tray. 

Post # 51
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If you’re spending $4,000 for 90 people, you should talk with your caterer about getting more. I’m not sure what that includes, but passed apps are often more (because they require more work to make and more staff).

You are spending say, almost $40 per person before taxes. Instead of apps, I would do stations or a buffet—you can have filling vegetarian stations or a buffet. I went to a vegetarian buffet wedding and they had 1 plate of roasted vegetables, 1 plate of vegetarian lasagne, and salad. I think for $4,000, not including rentals and service charge, you should be able to get a regular crudites and bread and cheese platter plus at least 2 to 3 big stations.

I know Vancouver is expensive, but I got married in the third most expensive region in the U.S. for weddings (greater NY city area) and food was about $35/person (not counting the rentals of dishes, cups, etc. and the staff and service charges). 

Post # 52
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Didn’t read all the responses so not sure if you addressed what I am about to say.

It’s a wedding and I do believe if people rsvp that they’ll go, they make concesions to make it at 6:30 (so they’e not rushing to get to your wedding). So I would not worry about that.

I do think that what you have offered is fine as long as it’s made clear on the invitaitons that it’s a cocktail reception and maybe even have a sample menu on your website.  Honestly, you have to make the best with what you have and I am sure people will understand.  If you can though, maybe have a few more stationary items for people to pick at and 1 or 2 more dessert item.  Good luck. 

Post # 53
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Sugar bee

Is it possible to cancel the DJ and have an Ipod reception?  That will free up a lot more money, then just removing a few cupcakes.

Even 6 pieces a person is a stretch.  I do like the above suggestion of portioning these out, as I myself have taken more then one from the passed tray if it looked especially good.  I do worry that this too may happen to you.

I would contact the caterer and see what else they are willing to provide in the same price point.  Could they add in a station or two and eliminate some of the passed apps.  Or could they do a large pasta dish and garlic bread?  Cheap and cheerful.

Post # 54
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Honey bee

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@olive25:  That is a good idea. Stations instead of passed apps means less servers. Perhaps this can mean more quantity of food. Also agree you don’t need 150 cupcakes. Maybe 100, so everyone gets one with a few spares. Not everyone will take a cupcake anyway. 

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