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Hor'dourves
Mike
09/06/12
Hi all. I am in the very early stages of planning a wedding that will have a tight budget, like... 4500 tight, not including rings/honeymoon. SO, I am trying to do as much as possible myself as the bride is still in college has an internship and a part time job on top of that. So I have a firm and relatively simple idea of what I'm going to do for dinner. What I want to know is how much food she we plan for hor'dourves while we are having our wedding photos done? Any simple ideas that can be done ahead of time? I am thinking, chips, dips, salsa's, cheese, crackers, fruit. Maybe a limited amount of shrimp, Aldi's 1lb of frozen shrimp is $5 so like 10 pounds would be 500 shrimps. I know that isn't a ton, is it better to just not have them? Not everyone who would be coming likes sea food but were thinking around 100 give or take 20.
ellen
09/06/12
It is critical that you not run out of an item before everyone has some, so you need 1 pound shrimp per 5 people for whole shrimp. So you do a nice shrimp dip or spread, if you do shrimp.

You need 3 items plus a punch (2 punches if one is alcoholic). The High Wire white wine sangria on this site is a pleasant, inexpensive option.

Fruit tray- see the fruit tray page
cheese and crackers- 16 pounds cheese and 8 pounds crackers per 100
dip, spread- 1/4 cup per person, 1 pound crackers or bread bites per 12.

Now a couple of specific comments about the budget:

Mike, please read the wedding dinner article. The two MOST important things for the budget are selecting a service time that avoids a full meal- early afternoon for a tea party or dessert reception, or later evening for a dessert reception, or an early service for wedding breakfast or brunch; an limiting the guest list. If you pick a mealtime service time, you have to do a meal.

The other thing is, limiting the guest list. This is critical both for the budget and for your success in self catering.

Mike
09/06/12
Thanks for those guidelines. We do want to do a meal we are just trying to do one affordably. We will nix the shrimp though thanks.
Mike
09/07/12
Sorry one more question. So, I added up everything you said and a fruit tray and that comes to abotu 50 pounds of food for 100 people for Hor'dourves?? Half a pound seems like a lot of food to put into people right before dinner?
16lb-cheese
8 lb-crackers
12lb-dip (1/4 cup pp)
8 lb-crackers/chips ect for dip
5-6 lb fruit
ellen
09/07/12
Caterers figure 1 1/2 pounds plus, total for each person. If your meal is light, this is not a bit too much.
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