Post # 1
For my upcoming wedding I have set up the venue with 6 rounds and two very long banquets (30 people each) on either side of the room. As such, I will have individual place cards because otherwise we could have issues with odd people out. Also, my guest list has a lot of polar opposites I don’t want anywhere near one another.
On the one hand I like the variety, social atmosphere, and cheaper price that stations offer. (Sirloin, pasta bar, salad, and ‘asian’ sampler). However, the elegance and formality of a plated dinner (salad & flat iron steak with mash & mush) is appealing and may be more suited to the seating arrangement . . . ???
1. Is a two course plated with no appetizers enough food? I’ve been to several weddings with this set up but I’m not a big eater (At weddings at least!)
2. Do you think guests will be miffed by assigned seating that includes waiting in line for their food? I’ve got a four hour window for the reception hall and wonder if plated might expedite things.
I hope I’m making sense . . .
Post # 3
Not at all contradictory! We knew we were going with stations and initially thought of open seating, but after reading many board posts on the topic of open vs. assigned, we decided to compromise on table assignments. That way, we can help make sure everyone has a good time with people they are likely to enjoy and some of our single friends get to talk to people other than their dates. 🙂 With the stations, people will get up and mix, which adds to the fun without the pressure of saving a seat or making sure you get a good one.
As for the time, check and see if your caterer would do a salad plated (or whatever the first course would be). This will help pace the flow to the stations, as people eat at different speeds. Fewer lines. 🙂 Depending on the size of your wedding, it may be good to clearly indicate which station is which or space them out so people can go to the station of their choice, rather that wait in one long line to shuffle by them all.
Post # 4
Totally NOT contradictory!!! It makes more sense that people have assigned seats so they don’t come back to where they were sitting with their hands full of food to find someone sitting there. I was just at a wedding with assigned seating and a buffet and we all sat down, had wine poured, then were called by tables to get food so that the line was never too long. So i say do whatever you want…. you can do sit down or stations with assigned and be more than fine either way.