Post # 1
We want to do a stations reception for several reasons. Our caterer insists that that style food can/should only be done with a more casual seating area which encourages mingling (meaning only seating for about half of the people so that everyone is forced to move around). I don’t like that. One, I have many older people who need to have a space for themselves. Two, I prefer to have a space for myself as well, even if I’m not in that space most of the time. As for the stations, we like the action of it and the freshness of the food. Has anyone else had this issue come up? My caterer is stuck on this issue…
Post # 3
That’s the only way I’ve ever seen it done! FSIL had stations and assigned tables with seats for everyone, as did the wedding I went to in Key West.
Post # 4
I really wanted the stations buffet but it was about 6-8k more than a regular 2 sided buffet! I love the idea of it and we are having 200 guests for a formal evening seated reception. I love that it gets more ppl to the food at a time and it’s entertaining, a really cool way to present the food.
I don’t know why your caterer is having a hissy fit about it but if you really like it, I say go for it. There’s nothing casual about it because you’re having dinner courses, not light appetizers and it’s not passed like in cocktail hour.
Post # 5
As a photographer, I’ve never seen it done where there WASNT full seating!
Post # 6
I think stations are fine and I really enjoyed the wedding I went to that had them…but I totally disagree with the caterer about having limited seating. Weddings are a long event to not have a place to sit. If I went to one and had to balance my plate on my knees somewhere in a corner & not have a seat, I’d probably leave early.
Post # 7
We’re having stations and we will have a seat for everyone. stand up for yourself 🙂
Post # 8
I wouldn’t even consider not having seating for all the guests. That’s the kind of reception my daughter is having too,and our caterer is opposite yours. He said he’s seen many people annoyed with not having a place to sit and leaving early because of it, so it just wasn’t an option for us.
You should do what you feel is right. It isn’t the caterer’s wedding!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
We’re having food stations and formal seating. I think you have the right idea, not your caterer 🙂