hor d'ourves - 3,4,5?

I'm trying to find ways to reduce our catering costs by taking out a few things here and there, and just wondered - is it acceptable to have 3 hor d'ourves per person (as opposed to 4 or 5)? Our cocktail hour will be no more than an hour, followed by a three course meal + wedding cake.

I don't want people to go hungry or be fighting over food but just wondered how many hor d'ourves people generally eat? I know at a wedding I just went to, I had about three or four myself but the cocktail 'hour' was probably closer to two hours.
Posted on April 9, 2008 at 2:04 pm
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are there trays of fruit or cheese as well?
Posted on April 9, 2008 at 2:09 pm
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I think it's fine. I'm also trying to cut cost on "everything" ... my hor d'ourves will probably just be fruit and cheese + three course meal and then the wedding cake.
Posted on April 9, 2008 at 2:23 pm
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the amount of types of food you have being served just gives your guests options, your caterers will serve based on per person. IMO 3 is plenty =)

I think we're doing stationary food trays. I believe these are more cheaper for us. but we'll see.
Posted on April 9, 2008 at 2:30 pm
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my caterer was recommending 5 and i thought it was excessive
BUT- I went to a party and there were 4. I got pretty bored with them and thought my caterer might be right.
The party I went to did not serve any food though so the hors d'ouerves were it....
Posted on April 9, 2008 at 2:35 pm
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Thanks for the responses! At this point, we're not planning to do fruit or cheese plates but it is a consideration.
Posted on April 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm
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Do you mean pieces per person or number of choices of hors d'ouvres? I think for an hour there should be at least 5 choices (on vegetarian option , if possible) and at least 3-5 pieces per person, epsecially if you're also serving alcohol. If you go with a fruit and cheese platter or vegetable crudite, then 3 or 4 other types of hors d'ouvres should suffice.
Posted on April 9, 2008 at 3:42 pm
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To be honest, now I'm not sure. I just assumed that there would be one of each type per person based on how many options you selected but I may be wrong. I'll need to check on that but I'm thinking I should be on the safe side and do 4 pieces per person anyhow. Especially as we will be serving alcohol and lots of it.
Posted on April 9, 2008 at 6:09 pm
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I meant 5 different choices, not 5 pieces. My cocktail hour is literally only an hour so I'll probably go with 4
Posted on April 10, 2008 at 3:46 am
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you could have appatizer buffet table instead of having them passes. THat might be less$ because of the # of servers you would need
Posted on April 10, 2008 at 6:21 am

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