How Many Servers Do You Need at Your Wedding Reception?

By Marcy Blum

Part of Wedding Planning For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The number of servers included in your wedding-reception contract will vary depending on the venue, its service standards, and the event’s degree of formality,. This table lists the suitable amounts of staff for different types of wedding receptions:

Type of Service Recommended Number of Servers
Formal, multi-course meal 1 to 2 waiters per 10 to 12 guests
Simple menu or buffet 1 waiter per 25 guests
Pre-dinner cocktails 1 bartender per 50 to 75 guests, combined with wine passed by