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cookie table at weddings - how many per guest?

post #1 of 14
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Hello All,

Depending on what region you live in, cookie tables at weddings are a very necessary thing to complete the wedding reception experience.

When people ask how many cookies they should purchase, I always say "hat would you do? how many cookies do you take when you go to a cookie table? I personally take about 4 or 5" Then, the customer decides what they prefer.

How many cookies, not including any cookie favor, do you take from the cookie table at weddings? And, if you sell these cookies...how many per person do you suggest?
post #2 of 14
I've always been told 3 per person . That's for just cookies.
post #3 of 14
Oh wow, I've never seen a cookie table at a wedding reception! So my two cents from someone who wouldn't know what is "proper" would be taking 3 cookies of different varieties. I assume there is an assortment?

I would be afraid to take 5 and appear greedy...like someone is monitoring me, haha! But if the table has an abundance of cookies, it might encourage me to try more than 3. Kind of cruise ship mentality...if there is more, I might try/eat more. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #4 of 14
I'm just curious, what kinds of cookies do you make for weddings? icon_rolleyes.gif
post #5 of 14
Ok since I am from the old school where cookie tables were the thing, before women had careers and stayed home and baked. I'm serious, anyway I'm telling my age here, unless it's just a thing that was done in my area. Ok types of cookies they do are small nut rolls, pecan tarts, the clothes pins with cream filling. Bar cookies anything really. People love all types of cookies. We do brownies and chocolate chips you name it. The fancier though the nicer the tray looks.
post #6 of 14
debster, cookies at weddings were huge when I got married in the early 80's. I think people enjoyed them more than the actual wedding cake! icon_smile.gif
post #7 of 14
I made over 2,000 cookies for my daughter's wedding. There were 220 guests and I make my cookies small, one or two bites. So I figure 3-4 per guest if the cake is not served as dessert and 2-3 if it is. Most brides choose 4-5 kinds. I have a minimum of 2lbs. each. hth
post #8 of 14
I never knew about a cookie table, but from what I read, I would probably bake 3 different kinds and have 1 of each on a single plate multiplied by the number of people that were at the wedding. That's just me though. I love to bake, especially cookies.
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Btrfly578

I never knew about a cookie table, but from what I read, I would probably bake 3 different kinds and have 1 of each on a single plate multiplied by the number of people that were at the wedding. That's just me though. I love to bake, especially cookies.



That would make it easier to guage how many of each flavor that the guests get. There are sure to be plates of cookies left, because not everyone will grab their cookie plate. People who know one another may swap out what flavors they don't want.
post #10 of 14
I have never heard of a cookie table..I have seen the candy tables that have been all the rage but cookies...Interesting....

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post #11 of 14
I am of italian heritage and in our family there was always a "cookie cake". It consisted of an assortment of italian cookies piled on a tray. They were placed beside the wedding cake. This was of course before the days of serving the wedding cake for dessert. I still make them for weddings for later in the evening to serve with coffee. Usually, one person from each table will take a plate and take an assortment back for everyone or some people just take ehat they want to sample. I've gotten many referrals from these weddings. I tried to post a pic but couldn't.
post #12 of 14
I am of italian heritage and in our family there was always a "cookie cake". It consisted of an assortment of italian cookies piled on a tray. They were placed beside the wedding cake. This was of course before the days of serving the wedding cake for dessert. I still make them for weddings for later in the evening to serve with coffee. Usually, one person from each table will take a plate and take an assortment back for everyone or some people just take ehat they want to sample. I've gotten many referrals from these weddings. I tried to post a pic but couldn't.
post #13 of 14
For my daughter's wedding, I think I baked 25 dozen cookies, then some of the church ladies brought some as well. The cookies were available as soon as guest went to the reception hall. By the time we got to cake, people had had so many cookies, very little of the cake got eaten!
post #14 of 14
As a caterer, I've seen a number of these and I've provided a few. What I've seen is a lot of wasted cookies.

If there is a big dinner AND wedding cake AND cookies, my observations have been that the guests will fill up on dinner, have a standard dessert sized piece of cake ... and the cookies are there to munch on later in the evening.

If the couple is having a bar, dont' expect too many cookies to be eaten later in the evening .... booze and cookies don't mix very well.

But if all of that food is provided, expect SOMETHING to go to waste if "full servings" are allocated for each person.

What I have seen work is when I suggested the bride use cookies as the favors-combination-centerpieces. A plate of about a dozen to 18 cookies are on a plate in the center of the table (a dozen if the table seats 6; more if it seats 8 or 10). Each person had a cookie or two prior to the start of the festivities .... while the couple were finishing pictures. It works out to about 2 per person and there weren't that many left over.
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