Many things go into ensuring your special day ends up being perfect. One such wedding planning aspect would be food and beverages, including choosing the right caterer and wedding catering style. There are many types of wedding catering styles to think of, one such being a cocktail wedding service with canapés. You need to think about the variety of food you are offering. Another item on the list would be how best your reception will be staged in terms of design and style to ensure all your guests are happy and content.
To make things easier, we are looking into how wedding cocktails and canapés would be the best choice of catering for your wedding. We have decided to evaluate it according to the variety of food, cost, logistics, timing, and satisfaction levels.
Canapés are essentially bite-sized. If you are having a “Canapés Only” wedding and not following it up with either a lunch or a dinner meal, then you need to follow a few rules. You need to make sure that there at least 12-15 pieces per person and balance them across meat, fish, and vegetarian canapé options. You can add a variety of hot/cold and savoury/sweet canapé choices, and a few canapés that are filling. Picking the final canapés menu may be a bit tough, and it is a good idea to request your guests’ choice of food between meat, fish, and vegetarian. This is in order to understand how your menu should be set according to the number of invitees.
Whilst serving small food sizes can keep your food costs down, it depends on the package you are choosing too. That is, per piece or person. If you are having an intimate wedding, then choosing a package that is based on per person pricing is ideal. If you were planning a canapés only meal not followed by lunch or dinner, then per-piece pricing would be best suited in such a scenario. The cost of your canapés may also depend on the choice of ingredients; therefore consider these before setting your catering package.
There is a good chance you may have accounted for canapés based on a certain amount per person. However, you need to be realistic and understand that it may not always be executed in this way. While you have estimated a certain number of canapés per person, there is no way of guaranteeing that it will be done so accordingly. It all depends on circulation, the number of waiters you have hired for the reception and more.
However, because a cocktail wedding reception is flexible and not limited by time, you can choose how the canapés are served. You can choose to circulate the plates all at once, or over the course of a few hours. However, if the canapés are “Roaming Canapés” there may be a good chance that not everyone will receive them.
With more and more people tuning into great food related TV programmes and the internet offering you insight into food inspiration, couples are better informed. If you are a foodie, you may have an idea of the kind of food you would like to serve too. Therefore, consider make an informed decision whether a cocktail reception is the best choice for you.
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