Post # 1
We are thinking of having our wedding at 3pm-3:45. Straight after the wedding we are having cakes, bun, and fruit platters as well as punch, tea and coffee. We are doing this instead of cocktail hour so that we can get photos taken at the church and so guests can mingle and have photos with us.
Our reception is about 15mins away and instead of having a cocktail hour we are going to go straight into speeches, everybody get a drink and start dinner at 5:30.
The dinner is a buffet which will have:
Steamed rice, sweet & sour pork, battered calamari, lasagne, butter chicken, roast beef, steamed vegetables, breadrolls, roasted chicken wings, cold ham, salami, ceasar salad and coleslaw.
Our reception ends at 11:30pm, so we will serve wedding cake at 8pm and then have a dessert table at 9:30 with pavlova, vanilla cheesecake, fresh fruit and chocolate mousse.
Apart from the wedding cake, our venue is giving us the dessert and buffet package for $38 per head for adults and $19 for children under 13. We are having about 60-70 guests. Should this be enough food? Not enough? Too much? Please let me know so we can consider any other options 🙂
Post # 3
Were having a similar timeline and having not even close to this amount of food lol…i think it’s tons! I originally was going to have more but our caterer pointed out that, even though people eat lots at weddings, they don’t eat THAT much 🙂
That being said I know a lot of people love to have lots of food! So I’d say if you can afford it..go for it! I wish i was eating at your wedding lol
Post # 4
@papercrafter: Well thank you so much for your comment 🙂 we were a little worried also about there being too much food, but the venue reckons that this is there most popular buffet and since our wedding goes til late I’d hate for people to be hungry or leave early. We have some people in our families who eat heaps.. especially the men!
Post # 5
No question, I think its more than enough
Post # 6
I think the quantity is fine but the menu is really disjointed. I’d try to fine tune it so it has more of an apparent theme. It’s really all over the place— Indian, Italian, Chinese– perhaps keep going for the international theme with more upscale sides? I’d also see what alternatives they have for the calamari; it doesn’t sit well and I can’t imagine it being all that great after 20 minutes on a buffet table.
Post # 7
@sunshinewish15: Plenty of food! I always think it’s better to more than let not enough:) What is pavlova?
Post # 9
@Birdi: I agree 🙂 pavolva is an australian dessert.. it’s like a big meringue filled with cream and fruit. It sounds odd but is actually very sweet and yummy
Post # 11
Wow that’s a lot of food! I like the variety- there will be something for everyone:)
Post # 12
@sunshinewish15: To help it look more cohesive and help with guest flow, would you consider having food stations? So you could pair the Indian foods together, the Italian together, etc?
I think it is enough food though.
Post # 13
your post made me hungry! totally great
Post # 14
I would serve the cake a little earlier, many people will want to leave. Also let people know the timeline. I know at my cousins wedding we were just wandering around for hours waiting for the dessert. We had no idea when thing were suppose to be brought out.
Post # 15
Nom! That’s plenty of food.
Also, $38 seems like a pretty good deal for all that, knowing Australian prices.
Post # 16
Sounds wonderful !!
I would say you could do away with the food at 9:30 PM as there isn’t a lot of time between then and Dinner… and I think folks will be full up from Dinner still.
Hate to see all those yummy desserts go to waste… which they will
Here in Canada… many Wedding end at 5 or 6, are followed by a cocktail hour… and then a full sit down dinner, Cake & Champagne (toasts & speaches).
Then from say 8 or 9 to midnight we get our groove on with dancing & drinking
Then around Midnight there might be a Dessert Buffet or some sort of “light eats” served. And the die-hard partiers carry on to 1, 2 or 3 AM.
The gap of 3 or 4 hours make the Midnight Eats popular / workable.
In your case with such a short gap, I have a feeling folks will smile at the spread, take photos, and if you are lucky have one bite or two (to appear grateful / curteous) but in the end it is all gonna just sit there.
Hope this helps,
PS… I go to a lot of Weddings, and Events where there are these sorts of eats… Cocktail Hour, Dinner & Dessert. And I can tell you that I’m always stuffed at the Dinner fare… even eating Dessert (which looks awesome so I do it)… can be a HUGE effort.