(Closed) Talk me down- I'm feeling the urge to splurge on food

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I think it depends, are you getting married in Vancouver? If so, that’s a busy city. I bet a lot of people are going to come straight from work so they don’t have to battle the traffic twice. What time is your wedding? We also live in a busy city and any mid week weddings we’ve gone to we’ve had to go straight from work. I would rather have too much food than not enough. I think it’s worth the extra money.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

After catering for many many weddings I can tell you that everyone will say that 2.5 per person is the standard you will probably want to up that to 3 or 4 pieces  per person. Also everybody loves the idea of a cheese tray but in reality I have packed up more left over cheese than the guests actually ate, I would say that on average only about 30% of any cheese tray I have ever done has actually been eaten during an event. I would strongly reccommend that if you can afford it you should bump up your number of passed hors d’ourvres and maybe downsize your cheese platter. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@mtnhoney:  lol, yep up late working on the budget  :S  Sounds like you’ve got the situation under control, I just hate to see people throw their money away on cheese, I swear as a chef cheese is the bain of my existance when working with clients to plan events especially considering that anything above 35% of the price for food is pure profit for most vendors. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I was at an event last night (not a wedding) that began at 6:30 so I came straight from work. During 2 hours of cocktails and passed apps, I had two or 3 pieces but also 2 or 3 glasses of wine.  By the time we sat down for dinner I was feeling no pain.  Even after a salad, entree and dessert I was still was starving and ended up stopping at McDonalds on the way home… Consequently, I don’t think 3 pieces of food is enough if it will be more than 2 hours and you’ll be serving alcohol.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Definitely more food. 3-5 pieces/person is not enough, especially at dinner time. One of my biggest wedding pet peeves as a guest is not enough food. I once had to go to an evening wedding where they only had an ice cream bar (no real food). By the time I left (way early than every one else) I was sooo hungry I was at a drive through to eat. Yuck.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

I also think you need more food. We had 8 pp plus a cheese display,olive bar, crudite display with different breads and dipping oils plus a raw bar (for 85 people). We had a mashed potato bar, sushi, pasta station and meat carving stations…plus assorted desserts and cake. There was almost nothing left.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

What time does this start and end?

If it starts any earlier then 8pm or lasts more then 2 hours, then I don’t think it’s enough. 

2.5 pieces per person, seems low for even  a one hour cocktail hour, that is followed by a full meal.

Personally, I would probably look at 10-12 pieces per person.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

@mtnhoney:  What time is this starting and ending?  I think you will need to adjust the WHAT you are serving if you can’t increase the #.  Can you downgrade to more pieces of a less expensive option?

I don’t really count the cheese board as a serving, cause as other bees have pointed out it is almost always left over (though you are already under ordering from the catering suggestion).  Same goes for the cupcakes.

I think your #’s will really depend on what time it is all at.  If this is over a meal time, or very close to it, where people will have to come straight from work then I think you have to serve more.

2.8 pieces per person over the course of a few hours is pretty low in my opinion.  So what can you do to make that work within your budget?

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If I only get two of something like these

 

 

Thats so not enough for even 2 hours. What drink options are available? 

How about a deli tray with some artisian breads, or a fruit platter.

 

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