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Hi I am gettmarried at the end of November and we will have 200 people there. I think we are going to do , Ceasars salad,  roast beef,  chicken marsala,  whipped garlic potatoes, green bean casserole,  and cream of jalapeno soup. How much  of every thing will we need? Thank you!

You will need to send out a "chicken or beef" card with your reception RSVPs as this is essential to know how much of each meat you will need, but the per person formula is the same.  MAKE SURE you send the menu choice card or you will double the cost of the food and have a lot of waste on top of it.
Per person you will need:

8 oz of meat entree (precooked weight)
5 oz of potato
5 oz of green bean casserole
3 oz of salad greens (remember--these are light so 3 oz is a nice portion)
6 oz of soup
1.5 rolls per person
1 TBS butter per person
1 slice cake per person
24 oz of non-alcoholic beverage per person

If you haven't picked out a wedding cake, I strongly suggest you go to Wal-Mart or Publix or any of the supermarket bakeries for your cake.  Wal-mart sells a 3 tier 100 serving cake for 125 and you could have his and her cakes for $250 which is very cheap and they are baked fresh and delicious.  I've bought hundreds of wedding cakes from them and every one was fresh, delicious and beautiful.  The supermarkets won't be as cheap as the walmart bakery but will be CONSIDERABLY cheaper than a wedding cake specialist. I've attached a photo of a 2 tier cake from walmart that I served at my own wedding and it was delish!

If I can be of further assistance, do not hesitate to contact me.

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I am a wedding and party planner in St. Louis, Missouri and I do weddings and parties all over the country! My brides are my number one priority as I understand how important their wedding day is to them! Any questions about catering and cooking for large groups. This would include recipes, cooking techniques, what to serve, how to prevent food poisoning, food storage and food integrity. I have thousands of recipes that are scaled for large groups and gatherings and will be happy to share them! If you are in need of professional assistance for helping you to plan your wedding, party or corporate event, please feel free to contact me! I do a limited amount of weddings and parties every year in order to make sure that I have the best service for my clientele. Feel free to visit my business website at this address: WWW.EXQUISITEEVENTSUSA.COM for detailed information on what services I offer. I have price point weddings for every budget--no matter what size and I am very specific about what you get for your hard-earned money.


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