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Ideas for Feeding 200 People at Your Wedding Reception

When you hold a wedding reception for a few family and friends, it is not hard to pull off. A couple of plates of finger sandwiches and a big bowl of chips will do the trick. You can have ten pizzas delivered and break open a few liter bottles of soda and your done except for the wedding cake, which can be baked, right in your oven in about an hour. If you are inviting a couple of hundred people, however, now you are talking about an event and this kind of wedding reception takes planning and execution on a much larger scale. You will want to cater this kind of reception and offer more than just a sandwich and some soda. Let's look at some of what's involved with a huge wedding reception menu.

Let's say you have invited two-hundred friends and family members to be your guests at the wedding and reception. Unless you want them standing around juggling a plate of food and a drink, you will need tables and chairs. Figure six per table or for a tighter budget eight. If you plan to seat eight people to a table, the table's length should be twelve feet long by at least three feet wide. This will seat one person at the each end and three on each side. You need twenty-five tables. That is also twenty-five tablecloths, monogrammed with twenty-five centerpieces and place settings for eight people per table. Each person will need five sturdy paper plates and three each of plastic silverware. Do not forget five to ten paper napkins or two cloth napkins per person

Now that everyone has been seated, let's get them fed. You have several options when catering a large wedding reception. You can have the tables served or you can have the guests serve themselves. The least expensive option is to have the guests serve themselves through a buffet style meal. The problem with buffets is that everyone will be standing in a two hundred-person line that extends all the way around the wedding hall twice. The best way to handle this is through the use of games. Your wedding band's leader, your DJ, or a member of the wedding party can ask trivia questions and hand out the number of service to the winners of each table. This way, each table competes as a team to see in what order they get to hit the buffet. Doing it in this fashion will keep it orderly and allow the catering staff to refresh the buffet after each eight man team comes through. The winner of the first spot can proceed to the buffet while the game is still being played.

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