Post # 1
We want to do something along the lines of a cocktail party but with plus lots of food. So we would have seating for about 50% of our guest at regular tableau and then a lot of cocktail tables. We have picked very heavy food and are planning 3 stations with mini plates ( u can eat with the plates standing no problem) and passed heavy hors d’ovueres. Has anyone else done something similar? How did your floor lay out look like?
Post # 3
@sunnywoods: We did. We had the stations around the outside of the room and then tables and cruiser tables scattered in the middle.
I would encourage you to have more seating then for 50% of your guests. Even for young people 5 hours in heels is a long time to stand up.
It was great!
Post # 5
We did and had full seating for all guests. It was called a continuous cocktail party, but honestly? No one really mingled any more than they do at any other type of reception. Cocktails, butlered hors d’oeuvres and raw bar and salads with mashed potato bar were outside on the deck, and we had pasta and meat carving stations set up inside, and antipasto served family style at each table. We then had a coffee bar and dessert buffet plus cake.
It was the most expensive option for the caterer we chose, but I’d rather have had a plated dinner served.
We also used 3 different shaped plates (triangle,square,wavy), but they didn’t hold much because of the shapes. Go with round if you have to decide.
People always come with a lot of ‘stuff’ so they really need a place to put everything…purses,jackets,cameras…its also hard to eat anything while standing and avoiding getting bumped into…
Post # 6
We had a full sit-down, but we had station style buffet lines.
We did BBQ ribs and herb roasted chicken, so we had two separate stations for each protien and they were paired with side dishes that complemented each main course. Not sure that’s what you were looking for, but I hope it helps!
Post # 7
I have been to a wedding like what OP described and I found it very difficult to balance my purse and plate without having a table to sit at.
Post # 8
We had actual seating for about 85% and then the cruiser tables for people to stand at. That way they still had a place or their stuff and a “home base”
There was also a patio with seating, and seats spread along the outside of the room for people to sit at if they needed.
People mingled pretty well. We also had a photobooth in the back which kept people up and moving. People really took a lot of photos in the booth.
Post # 9
okay this sounds closer to what we r doing. By 50% I meant at tradtional round tables, then we will have outdoor patio seating, and benches, and standing cocktail tables.
Post # 11
We did this and it was perfect! We had seating for around 70% and also had a few high top tables. Some people stood & ate others sat. People were definitely more social, you saw people sitting with people they never met. There was one table the got a little territorial and felt they needed to “commendeer” a table for the night. Everyone else was fine with it. I ended up sitting with some of my friends to grab a bite to eat, someone gave up their chair for me b/c they were done. As we sat there if someone wanted to eat someone else just got up. It was no problem, we got everyone out on the dance floor faster! Also as a side note we had a few friends that were pregnant & they just found a spot to hang.
Plus with the stations not everyone was eating at the same time. Some people had some food from one station, digested & then went to check out another station later. I would see people come back to the table with a plate & some would go “ooo where did you get that!” It’s more informal but I felt like it was exactly the atmosphere we were going for.
Post # 13
@sunnywoods: just because the plates are small doesn’t mean you can eat standing up “easily” where is my purse? wrap? drink?
Post # 14
on a table, or the coat check
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
We were originally going to do a stations-only wedding, but it was going to end up costing way more than a full plated dinner.
Post # 16
@sunnywoods: I can’t check my drink…how am I going to hold a plate and a glass and use a fork/spoon etc? Also guests may not want to coat their cameras!