Thank goodness for canapés at a wedding reception. After coming out of the ceremony, your guests are going to be peckish. As the bride and groom the adrenaline will probably carry you along without you realising that you haven’t eaten for a while.
Unlike you and your groom, your wedding guests will start to get that rumbling feeling in their tummies. It’s a long time between meals, when you think about it – your ceremony is probably going to start somewhere between 12 – 4pm so by the time the canapés arrive your guests will have gone quite a stretch since breakfast.
1. THINK ABOUT CANAPES WHEN PICKING A VENUE
If you’re hiring a caterer then canapés will be part of the conversation but when choosing a venue discuss all of the catering options to make sure that they can deliver what you want and to ensure that there aren’t any hidden costs.
2. THINK ABOUT VOLUME
An average of four canapés per person is an acceptable amount, so that’s 400 canapés for a wedding party of 100. Don’t forget that there’s little you can do to control wedding guests and the amount of canapés they will eat. Some people will be reserved, others will go for broke, so you might consider increasing the amount to five or even six per guest.
3. MORE THE MERRIER
Rather than serving a few canapés to guests post ceremony, think about giving a full reception of canapés. Instead of the usual four canapés, wedding breakfast and evening buffet, cut out one of these food options. By having a canapé reception of approximately 14 pieces per guest you’re able to serve the wedding breakfast later and cut out the hog roast or evening buffet.
4. STYLE AND SUBSTANCE
Finally, food is a big deal these days. Times have changed since the days of cheese and pineapple and sausages on sticks. This means that your wedding canapés should look and taste amazing. A little less kitsch and a lot more kitchen mastery is the order of the day.
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