November 5th, 2015
A Quick Guide To Wedding Catering For Your Reception
When it comes to memorable moments in a wedding, food is one of the most important. When it comes to catering your wedding there is no longer just the standard options of choosing beef, chicken or fish. Today, the options are endless in terms of what you can serve and how you serve it! We are going to share some of our favorite ways to serve food at your wedding including some pros and cons of each!
1. Traditional Sit-down Dinner: This is the most formal and used to be the most common way to be serve dinner at a wedding reception. It usually consists of a three course meal, an appetizer, entree, and dessert.
Pros: This is a great option for you if you are interested in traditional style reception. This option allows for everyone to receive their meal at the same time and there are no long lines. You can also sprinkles in activities like wedding toasts and greet guests in between courses.
Cons: You can expect to pay more per plate for staffing since the execution will require more servers. The meals will be limited to certain items that will be selected in advance. If you have fussy guests that don't like the limited selection this may not be the option for you.
2. Food Stations: As catering options have become less traditional, food stations become more popular. The idea of food stations is to have different themed areas where your guests can go to get a portion of their meal.
Pros: This is often a wedding favorite because there is a wide variety of foods and gives your guests an interactive and creative experience and allow them to eat at their own pace. Some examples of serving stations can be a raw bar, carving station, and pasta station. The options are endless!
Cons: In order for this type of catering to be successful you will need a good amount of space to spread out the stations to avoid overcrowding which might mean a larger venue. There might also be extra costs if your food station is interactive and needs a server to complete the execution which will add to your catering bill.
3. Buffet: Is one of the most popular choices among wedding receptions and consists of food stations being set up on tables where guests can walk up and serve themselves. You can be creative and make this indoor or outdoor!
Pros: This style of catering allows for a variety of food to be served and requires a small amount of servers to serve your guests making it a great way to save money.
Cons: Many guests do not like this options because of how long it may take to get their food and also the portion of food they can be served. Larger quantities of food might be also need to be ordered because guests tend to take larger portions when serving themselves.
4. Cocktail Reception: This is one of our favorite options because the food options are so huge and not to mention adorable! A cocktail reception is where you provide hors d'oeuvres throughout the reception. These can consist of any foods you like and there are a ton of ideas here to use for any taste.
Pro: This is huge on cost saving and if you choose the right hors d’oeuvres. It can look very expensive and be quite filling.
Cons: Some guests have never experienced a cocktail reception and may be expecting a full dinner meal, therefore be sure to mention it on your invitations. Guests may also drink more than at a sit down reception, so be wary of added added costs.