Weddings are very hard to plan, there are many different choices that need to be made in the planning process. Some can be quite tough, while some are quite easy. When it comes to the dinner reception, a lot of brides get confused if they should have a sit-down meal or a buffet meal. Here is a list of pro’s and con’s for both that can help you decide on which one is suitable for you and your guests. Remember, at the end of the day it is what is best for you and your groom.
Sit-Down meals are very popular and brides are usually drawn to this, as it is very formal, and a wedding is a very formal function, however, sit-down meals can create a stuffy feeling and be quite long as there are many courses to be served. The downside to Sit-down dinners is that your guests may leave after the meal is completed because they have been sitting down for a few hours. Seating charts can become quite hectic for the bride and groom, as they need to be made precisely so the right people are sat together. The benefits to the sit-down meal is that they are less costly in price compared to a buffet meal, and if you do not want the feeling of a long wait between courses, add in some entertainment t or speeches during each course to make the time pass by faster for your guests. Some couples even have slow dancing between courses so the guests can get up and exercise during each course which will help them not to feel so full.
Buffets are perceived as less formal, however, they do provide more flexibility for guests with special dietary needs and food preferences. Buffets tend to cost more, however, you save some money on the number of wait staff you will need for your wedding. Some brides do not choose the buffet style simply based on the long lines of people, however, this can be simply avoided. One idea is to name each table by a song name when that song plays, that table gets up for their food. This can help eliminate long lines at the buffet tables. Also, by having stations instead of a long buffet line this can help reduce the line-ups as people will gravitate towards their preferred table. Make sure you have the DJ announce when the buffet is open so your guests are aware.
Best of both worlds
Some brides may opt for both, which is totally fine and actually a great idea. Antipasto bars are very popular at weddings and they allow your guests to have a preference as to what they would like to eat before their main course arrives. This provides a great help as sometimes it is hard to pick out the best antipasto options for your guests, as some prefer fish and cheese and others prefer grilled veggies. Make sure the antipasto bar is open right when guests arrive at the reception so they have enough time to eat and mingle and it reduces the line ups as guests come in few at a time.
Whatever you do choose make sure to speak with your catering manager at your reception in regards to menu and options, if you are doing a buffet table please make sure to recognize dietary needs for your guests. Having a section that is lactose-free, or gluten-free is something that you should include, your guests will thank you later.
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