Wedding Catering Tips: How Much Food Do You Really Need

Wedding Catering Tips: How Much Food Do You Really Need

Making food for any kind of party can be a little hectic, but especially for a wedding. It can be hard to tell how much food you need. Of course, you don’t want too much, but you also don’t want too little. So, the question is: How much food do you really need? Well, here are some awesome tips to help plan the best wedding menu.


If you’re still wondering what RSVP stands for, it’s “Répondez s’il vous plaît”. In French it means, “Please respond”, and adding this to the invite will help any party host. It seems that the trend to RSVP is dying out, however it’s more crucial than we’d realize as a guest. So here’s a piece of advice to each:

To the host: Always request people to RSVP on the invitations and make it clear that it is very important. This could be extremely helpful for wedding dinners and other plated meal options where you need to know an exact count.

To the guest: ALWAYS RSVP because it will improve the experience for everyone and reduce the stress level for those planning the wedding. Plus, you wouldn’t want to show up and have no food available for you because you threw off the count, right?

What Are You Serving?

Another thing you should keep in mind is the kind of food you choose to serve, which will affect the proportions. If you’re providing a full course meal at the reception, there won’t be as much of a need for each item. If you’re only serving desserts, the number of desserts will increase per person.

Here are some good guidelines to follow:

  • 6-8 appetizers/person per hour.
  • 6-8 ounces for main entrees/person
  • 4-6 ounces for side dishes/person
  • 1 cup of salad/person
  • 1 ½ – 2 rolls/person

Temple Square Catering

If you would like to make things simpler, Temple Square’s catering service would be more than happy to assist. We provide catering services on and off site to adhere to your needs. We even have a specialty Reception Menu to look at that has a wide variety of options from Shrimp Tenderloin dishes to Donut Stations. There’s something that anyone could use and enjoy from our selection.