How many canapes should you serve during cocktail hour at a wedding?

Annelise S

Question Asked: 9/09/2016 Wedding Date: 24/06/2017 Wedding Location: Perth, WA 6000

Most Helpful Response

Victorian Golden Roast


(3) Posted: 11/09/2016


Good question, the answer depends on what sort of catering (overall) that you're planning, and what time the food will be served. If the canapes are the only food you're planning on serving, then you'll need to serve more. Again, this depends on the time of service; if you're serving at say, 3pm then you don't need to serve a 'full meal' as guests will assume they will need to have a meal later on. In this case, you can serve only perhaps 3 -5 portions per guest.

If you're serving at say, 7pm, then guests are going to treat it as a meal, and you're going to have to serve more; 8 - 10 portions per guest. If you're serving at 7pm but planning to also serve a meal, then you only need 2 - 3 portions per guest. Hope this helps!

Hot Coals Catering

Victoria Statewide

(18) Posted: 12/05/2017

At Hot Coals Catering ,we will take the time to talk to you about how you envisage your event. It really depends on how much food you will be serving at the main part of the event, the time between the wedding and the main course, and your crowd! If it's to be a long time between the wedding and the mains, you might want more canapes.

(12) Posted: 14/03/2017

Somewhere between 4 and 7 pieces per person is a good guide. Depending on size and style.

(0) Posted: 13/09/2016

We would suggest 3 to 4 varieties if you are going into a 3 course meal or a buffet as it is not an entree.

You do not want to spoilt the guests appetite.

FigJam & Co

QLD Wide

(8) Posted: 13/09/2016

Hi Annelise. We usually serve 6 items per person which is about 1/2 hour service.

Creative Catering

Western Australia

(12) Posted: 12/09/2016

9 pieces per person with one of the options being substantial.

The Spit Roast Company

Sunshine Coast & Hinterland, North Brisbane

(3) Posted: 12/09/2016

A selection of about 7-8 canapés, to keep your guests satisfied, as a limited selection can get repetitious, even though a main course may follow.

Keep the time between canapés & the main course to 1-1.5 hours, as guests tend to arrive without eating beforehand.

Warm Regards, Kelsey from The Spit Roast Company 07 5477-1650

(60) Posted: 12/09/2016

If the canapes are to be served during pre-dinner drinks on arrival, prior to guests sitting down for three course meal, we suggest approximately 3 or 4 canapes for a half hour period or 6 to 8 canapes for a one hour duration. You'd want to mix these up with a selection of hot and cold items as well as a variety of ingredients including seafood, beef, vegetarian, chicken and vegetarian for example.

Lemongrass Catering

Central Coast NSW & surrounds

(0) Posted: 11/09/2016

The best number would be about 5 ti 6 varieties with each person having 2 pieces of each variety.

Cairns Spit Roast Catering

Cairns and surrounding area

(8) Posted: 10/09/2016


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