Do you want a meal or finger foods?
There are many things to take into consideration when choosing the menu for your wedding! Hors d’oeuvres can be a great choice for you if you just want to encourage movement and mingling at your event or if there is not enough seating for all. If your event is during lunch or dinner a meal may be a better option for you. Here are a few things to consider when deciding the best options for your special day:
1. What is the size of your plate?
People tend to adjust the amount of food they take according to the size of their plate! If you are planning for finger foods a cocktail size plate will work perfectly. If your plates are larger it may be a better option to plan for a buffet style or a plated meal.
2. What is the style and time of your event?
Hors d’oevuvres can be a great option with a more casual style of event. There is no need for forks or spoons so your guests can pick up snacks as they socialize and move around with other guests. If your style is more formal you may want to consider Hors d’oeuvres during your cocktail hour or before your plated meal, action station, or buffet. If your event is during lunch or dinner it is a good chance that your guests will eat more. If your event is at a common meal time, you’re guests will more than likely expect more of a full meal. If your event falls in between common eating times, you may not have to provide such a full meal, depending on other factors, of course!
3. Other Factors can affect the amount of food you will need at your event:
a. Location of Ceremony and Reception- Guests tend to leave earlier when they have long distances to travel after an event.
b. Will there be entertainment or alcohol?- We find that people tend to eat more when alcohol is being served and tend to stick around longer when an event has entertainment.
4. Your budget.
While many customers assume that Hors D’oeuvres will be less expensive than a buffet dinner, that is not always the case. It is important to remember the time it takes staff to produce a larger number of varying small treats vs a larger quantity of a dish. Whatever your budget, it is important to discuss details with your caterer so they can help you find the best options for your special day!
Speaking with your caterer about your vision for your special day will help both of you come up with the best menu for you. Of course we are happy to show you multiple options that include hors d’oeuvres, plated dinners, buffet style, etc. and we can help you choose what is best for your special event!