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    Default Re: Wedding food dilemma....

    We had cocktail food at our recent wedding, and there was more than enough (very delish) food! I was really really really worried about people going hungry so we asked for antipasto platters and dippy things out when everyone arrived at the reception. We chose 12 or 13 dishes to be served - some small nibbley things and some a little bigger... like Thai noodle boxes, Cesar salad in a little box and I can't remember what else! I actually have no idea how long the caterers served food for, the initial plan was for them to serve for a couple of hours, have a break over the speeches then serve again after that when people started to get hungry again. Everyone raved about the food and I don't think anyone went home hungry, which was my biggest worry!


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    We had cocktail but we chose the largest menu our caterers had to offer and we ordered for more people than invited guests. We ended up with trays of yummy leftovers that hubby and I polished off on our honeymoon! oh and we had a dessert buffet plus huge cake! Re the standing we hired a private boutique beach house and had less than 30 guests so there were large lounge suites with chaise, we set up bar tables and chairs and there was a huge daybed on the terrace, noone was left standing!
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    Instead of mini pizza, maybe bruscetta. You could bulk out the menu with lamb cutlets, koftas, chicken squewers, a nice cheese board (or at my 18th shared with a friend, her mum got a huge wheel of cheese on a big board with a bowl of cut up bread and it stood alone on a table - looked stunning and was a conversation starter). As someone else said, noodle boxes are a cut way to make people feel like they are getting a meal.

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    We had canapes with a cocktail wedding and the food was amazing and so plentiful. The food we had was....... (but there's one missing we had 8 items not 7)..... it was worked on one item of each per person, except the sushi it was 3 pieces per person.

    • Assorted flavors of sushi w mushroom dipping
    sauce
    • Grilled beans wrapped in prosciutto
    • Lamb kofta w yoghurt & garlic sauce
    • Tandoori chicken w mango riata
    • Atlantic salmon skewers w dill hollandaise
    • Wagyu beef marinated in Asian soy mix
    • Satay chicken rice rolls w string vegetables &
    mushroom soy

    We then had a 'sweets' table with the cake.... we couldn't eat all the food, they were asking us to eat there was so much and it was AMAZING! Beat any sit down meal I've ever had at a wedding and the guests agreed, the food is still being spoken about nearly 12 months later.

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    I don't think many people would feel satisfied... even if it's 15 pieces per person, they may not actually like many of the options, and only get maybe 5 pieces or something.

    I think a cocktail menu is probably better for an afternoon event, not during meal times.

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    I've been to one and DH and I got maccas on the way home. The food was beautiful but the platters went by quickly and we had our bub there so missed several rounds. We also told the bride and groom that it was lovely (and it was, it just wasn't substantial enough) - because who's going to say "Nah we were freakin' STARVING"?

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    Default Wedding food dilemma....

    We had a cocktail reception and as well as hot and cold canapes (think we also had about 15 pieces) we added two fork dishes which were served as a buffet and people could get as much as they wanted. We also had cheese, fruit and antipasto platters out that people could help themselves to.

    Our venue also had enough seats for everyone, we had an indoor/outdoor riverside location which was lovely and we preferred the informality of a cocktail reception. I also had concerns about having enough food though which is why we added the fork dishes and the platters.

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    I don't think 15 is enough. Add some platters to bulk ot out.

    Make sure with the canapes that you have a mix of 'fancy' stuff and plainer foods. Personally, I won't eat anything that isn't obvious from looking at it what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post
    I've been to one and DH and I got maccas on the way home. The food was beautiful but the platters went by quickly and we had our bub there so missed several rounds. We also told the bride and groom that it was lovely (and it was, it just wasn't substantial enough) - because who's going to say "Nah we were freakin' STARVING"?
    I love a good cocktail function, I would just prefer it not to be at meal times and so for that fact alone I don't really enjoy cocktail receptions. In saying that it is your wedding, you have it whatever way you want. If you let people know that it is cocktail then hopefully people will eat between the ceremony and reception like I do.

    Every cocktail wedding I've worked (i worked in banquets for a large hotel chain) or been a guest at has a group of people who stand by the door and gobble everything down before the platter makes it around the room. I end up leaving frustrated, angry and starving but as a previous posted said, I would never in a million years tell a bride there wasn't enough food. It's her special day, it was her wedding, her way. I'm not going to ruin it for her.

    Which has me wondering for all the people who have cocktail receptions how sure are you that everyone was being truthful when saying that there was plenty?

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    Default Wedding food dilemma....

    If u go cocktail I agree make sure enough seats and add roving/fork options like risotto etc. venue should be able to suggest.

    Personally I hate cocktail

    Sharing platters on tables is what I prefer.


 

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