Post # 1
Hello! We are inviting 76 people to the rehearsal dinner and we have planned on having a buffet style dinner. My question is how much should we order of each item? The items we have chosen are grilled chicken tenderloins ($1 per tender), Mini BBQ sandwiches ($2 per sandwich), salad bar ($3 per person eating it), Vegitable medley($2 per person) and assorted fruit platter. (one platter feeds 10 people and cost $20)
Post # 2
Bsross12: I would say 4 Or 5 . And holly cow that’s alot of people for a rehearsal dinner
Post # 3
I would double the amount of your party (75×2) and order from there. If the serving size for the BBQ sammies is 2 per person I would order 4 per person. (75×4) remember with buffets, people eat with their eyes first.
Post # 4
Bsross12: Jesus. Why so many at the rehearsal dinner? It’s usually saved for those in the bridal party and immediate family..
There will be 15 at mine..
Post # 5
Yikes that is a lot of people but affordable food. I’d go 1.5 for salad, veggies and fruit. It’s hard to know how big these tenders and mini sammies are. Can you see one? I’d say 2 for each female and 3-4 for a male.
Yes as pp says a buffet needs to look stocked. No one wants to go up to it when it is empty. Also people will be afraid to take food if it looks like there might not be enough. Further, at a buffet, I know I tend to take everything because I don’t know if I will actually like it all and I don’t want to get back up.
If invites aren’t out I would seriously consider chooping the guest list. Who all is invited?
ETA: 1.5 meaning one and a half servings per guest.
Post # 6
Bsross12: Definitely order a little more than suggested. The restaurant should be able to give you guidelines for starters.
Post # 7
Im told you are supposed to invite out of town guests as well as bridal party and immediate family. My immediate family is small, his immediate family however, is divorced, a couple of times, and everyone still talks and very much love each other. So he has 4 brothers and 1 sister, each with families. And dont even get me started on the # of grandparents he has. He def. makes up for the ones i dont have. Then some of my cousins are helping out with music for the wedding, since they will be at the rehearsal, cant tell them no to the dinner, they deserve it after working you know? Thanks for the suggestions on amounts ladies. I’ve tried cutting back, but the future mother in law keeps adding people ive cut. like the step brothers he didnt grow up with, for example.
Post # 8
Bsross12: I’m having about the same at my rehearsal too. We are merging the rehearsal dinner with a middle eastern tradition (my FI is Syrian) which is basically a henna party for the bride.
My FMIL is organizing it but my understanding is, places that usually cater for bigger events should be able to tell you how much you need of each. Did you ask?