What Amount of Food Should I Serve at My Wedding?

Planning a wedding successfully is about all the little details. From simple things like colour code to the menu and sitting arrangements, all the details have to be predetermined. One of these little but extremely significant aspects is the food. In particular, the wedding couple must know how much food is needed.

Why? Because you don’t want to waste money on leftovers and neither do you want the disaster of shortage. Hiring a wedding caterer in Fremantle is the best option for a stress-free wedding. Although there are no universal figures, the compilation below is a perfect guide:

Determine the Number of Wedding Guests First

This is the first step to planning any wedding. All planning aspects depend on the size of the guest list. When it comes to food, amounts must be determined on a per-person basis. The ratio can then be adjusted to fit the total guests. Below are some catering portioning guidelines:


Depending on your menu, guests will eat up to 4 canapes in an hour. Notably, the size of the appetizer matters as well. Also, grazing tables are a popular offering so that guests can help themselves to a bite whilst the bridal party is off getting pictures between the ceremony and reception.

Main Dishes and Meats

A regular guest is likely to consume 170 to 226 grams serving. However, if there are several dishes, 113 -170 grams per person is perfect. Certain dishes may be more preferred than others. That said, analyse the guest list and their origins to know their popular dishes.

It is important to know the food preferences of your guests. Look into the number of vegetarian guests and provide enough vegetables.  Having many vegans means that the meat count is reduced and replaced with veggies.

Side Dish Meals

Settling on a menu with 3 side dishes is advised. This means that 113 -170 grams serving is enough for each guest. The number of side dishes may be reduced if the main dishes were many. They can also be increased for a menu with limited main dishes.

Fruits and Salads

A single cup is enough per person when serving fruits and salads. Most importantly, avoid fruits that go bad easily such as bananas. White fruits can be rinsed in acidic juices to prevent browning. Know which fruits to cut the night before and the morning of.

Rolls, Bread, and Dessert (Cake)

A piece of the wedding cake per guest is accurate. One to two pieces of rolls or bread is also fair. However, if many dessert types are included, the serving quantity may be reduced. Additionally, a dessert buffet can help reduce the cost of the wedding cake.

Wind Up

Lastly, remember to consider special guests like children. Provide beverages for children and adults separately. An adult guest is likely to consume 453 grams of drinks. Moreover, include the vendors such as the DJ and photographer in the calculations. That said, you are good to go!

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Lukarla McCready

Lukarla McCready

Lukarla is the owner and director of Impressions Catering. She has a passion for providing her clients with a unique catering service for any occasion. She opened the Cross Roads Café in Shoalwater in 2010 and quickly realised the need for a quality catering service, launching her own business the following year. With a team of experienced professionals and a commercial kitchen, Impressions Catering is making an impression across the region.

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