Post # 1
I’m having a tough choice deciding between a more trendy dinner style or a more traditional buffet.
My FH and I both lived in Europe at the same time, myself in Spain (I’m a Spanish teacher now,) and my FH in Germany. I was thinking about making little placecards with the action station menus and a little explanation about the Bride’s food choice, (mexican food,) and the Groom’s, (german food,) and then having the usual veggies and pasta to suppliment.
I’m not sure however if that would be cohesive, or if people would think, “Why would I want mexican food and sausage in the same meal? Gross”. What would YOU prefer as a wedding guest?
OPTION 1: Action Stations
a) Salad/grilled vegetable station with assorted Wisconsin cheeses and crackers
b) Pasta station – two pastas with choice of cream or marinara sauce
c) “The Bride” Station – fajita bar with chicken and steak in martini glasses with tortilla strips for dipping and all the fixin’s of sour cream, guacamole, rice, cheese, peppers, etc.
d) “The Groom” Station – selection of sausages with dipping sauces
OPTION 2: Traditional Buffet
Featuring a chicken dish of our choice and a carving station with Beef Au Jus and horseradish sauce, with sides including salad, vegetable, and a pasta or potato.
Post # 3
Action stations, all the way! We did this at our wedding and it was a huge hit. The idea is that you have lots of variety so people can pick and choose what they want to eat. They don’t have to eat everything in sight. If people think it’s gross to have Mexican food and sausage at the same meal, they can hit one station or the other and still have plenty to eat.
Your traditional buffet option sounds like the food you get at every other wedding. Salad/chicken or beef/vegetable/starch. It’s just very safe and IMO, boring.
Post # 4
Those stations sounds like an awesome idea! Everyone will be able to find something and it really personalizes the event. There are enough “neutral” choices to go with the meal if they wanted to do either German or Mexican, though I’m sure some would love the variety.
Post # 5
Stations. This sound like so much fun!
Post # 6
I love the stations idea! as a guest i just want delicious food and this seems like the best way to get it.
Post # 7
The action stations sound much more appetizing. Make sure that the food is prepared very quickly so guests don’t have to wait for it to be cooked, which can take awhile.
Post # 8
N.1! MMM mm Wisconsin Cheese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Post # 9
Alright, so it sounds like the action stations are the most popular! That’s my favorite option too, if you didn’t notice! 🙂
Now the other question… is it worth paying about $2000 more for the stations vs. the regular buffet? We could technically afford it now, since my FH’s family just offered to pay for our cake & the open bar, (which would have been about $2000,) but it’s hard for me to wrap my head around paying that much for something like food if people might not care about it that much.
Do you think it’s worth it??
Post # 10
Not only do you stations sound delicous but I think stations are a little more higher end feeling than a buffet.
Post # 12
Whoa! An extra $2k?! How many people are you having?
I think stations are better, for sure- it gets people up and moving, mingling, etc. And, it beats the giant buffet line if you have lots of guests. I would say go for it, but try to negotiate a bit on that price.
Post # 13
I like stations better, because in addition to being more interesting and having more variety, there is less of a chance of the food being cold. As for the price difference, only you can decide if its worth it.
Post # 14
@curse10kaia: We are doing stations, and it is costing us more for that – about $1500 more. So, my opinion is that if it is in your budget and important to you, as it was to us, then it’s worth the extra money.
Post # 15
@bells219: We’re planning on having about 175 guests in attendance. I agree about the negotiating but it makes me nervous! Any tips on how to go about negotiating something without coming off too… rude?
Post # 16
Really diggin the idea of personalized stations with explanations about why you chose to serve each type of food.