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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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    Default Re: Wedding food dilemma....

    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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    Default Wedding food dilemma....

    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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    I have to agree, I've been to several weddings and the only time I've ever had to stop for food on the way home was three different weddings that were all canape/cocktail weddings.
    There was a few reasons but the main ones were:

    You're generally standing up a lot and moving about a lot at a cocktail wedding (as the food is mobile too). That means you're burning more energy than if you're sitting down. That equals more hungry!

    15 different canapes might sound like a lot but not everyone is going to GET 15 canapes. I remember one wedding in particular where the servers barely got out of the kitchen before their platters were empty because there was a group of particularly hungry people standing right near the door. They'd take several each and the servers weren't getting around to many of the other guests.
    By the time that particular group of about 15 people were full, the servers were on their few platters each meaning that there were many more polite guests who were lucky to get scraps.

    People tend to drink at weddings which increases appetite. I suspect that was the biggest problem of the group that ate a large portion of the food at the previously mentioned wedding.
    They were drinking, already hungry, and not interested in sharing lol.

    So basically I've yet to attend a cocktail wedding where I haven't had to eat on the way home. I know it's not up to the people getting married to feed you, but I never want to eat on the way there in case I get there and there's a lot of food. I feel guilty if I don't eat knowing that the people have paid good money for the food!
    I think if you have a later ceremony (say 2-3pm?) and then a cocktail reception that goes until 5pm then generally it's fine as people will eat before they arrive knowing that there won't be a 'meal' provided. But if you're having a standard timing wedding and expecting people to be there for a meal time and perhaps stay late then cocktail receptions generally aren't enough imo.

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    Oh and I also wanted to add that if you are having your wedding and reception at the same venue it's generally a good idea to let people know how much time you plan between the ceremony and reception so that they have the option of going to get food if they want.

    All three weddings of the cocktail receptions that we went to had "Reception at XX O'clock, followed by a cocktail reception" on the invitation. Big problem for those who were there. How long are you going to get between ceremony and reception? Will there be enough time to travel to somewhere to get food, eat, and return before the photos etc. are done?
    Most people won't take the risk of appearing rude by leaving and coming back 'for the booze and food' in my experience.


 

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