Tips on Food and Drink for Hotel-Catered Weddings

April 21, 2015

The hotel wedding experts are back on Tidewater and Tulle! Lauren, Jasmine, and their team at My Hotel Wedding is sharing what they know best: logistics of a hotel-catered wedding! With the summer wedding season just around the corner and many local or out-of-town couples are looking to the Oceanfront for an air-conditioned venue with a view, hotels can be a wonderful place to have a wedding to accommodate their guests!

And with that detail, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out how many mini-grilled cheese sandwiches to pass during cocktail hour or how many signature drinks to provide throughout the whole reception. First things first, a great venue coordinator will assist you with this! And secondly, use this fab infographic as a guideline so you can realistically look at your budget and catering needs. Take it away, ladies!

Getting Ready Food

* Remember to eat on your wedding day. Some couples still forget!
* Order finger foods to snack on like sandwiches, veggies, and fruit, so you don't faint during your ceremony!
* Drink plenty of fluids during the day so your first drink isn't champagne.

Cocktail Hour

* Order 5-6 passed hors d'oeuvres per person. The time between the ceremony and reception is solely focused on food and conversation!
* Estimate two drinks per person for one hour of cocktails.
* If you're considering food stations, you should have two food stations for crowd management.
* If you have two food stations, you can then cut back to 4 passed hors d'oeuvres per person.


* Choose a three course meal if you want your reception to have more dancing time. Time to serve and cleanup sometimes gets forgotten when planning a wedding!
* Choose a four course meal if you're a total foodie.
* Don't forget to eat your cake! It's the best part!
* Estimate one alcoholic drink per person for every hour of the reception.
* Remember people love drinking at weddings! Have a variety of beverage options available, alcoholic and nonalcoholic.
* Order midnight snacks to soak up late night drinks! Consider four pieces per guest for 60% of your guest list (as many may leave early).

Are you having a hotel wedding? What kinds of foods and drinks do you want to see at your wedding?

- The MHW Team

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Photo by We Are The Mitchells and Jen Jar Photography. For the full feature, head over to see this modern vintage hotel wedding at the Westin Virginia Beach.