(Closed) Food "Stations"

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Worker bee

I attended a wedding that had a carving station and a pasta station.  The food was delicious!  I would recommend this to anyone who can afford it, I’ve heard it is more expensive than plated or buffet dinner options.  However, we didn’t eat dinner until 8pm (dinner started at 6) because there were SO many guests and the lines were extremely long.  I wouldn’t do it if you’ve got more than 100 people.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We’re having fun stations at our cocktail hour – like a make your own pizza bar and mac and cheese station, street foods and paninis – but this is in addition to the passed appetizers and sit down dinner.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yes! The weddings I’ve been to with food stations had the BEST food.

 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We are doing stations for our wedding in October.  We are having three different stations.  At least with our caterers, the cost of three stations was similar to the price of buffet or family style.  (We didn’t want plated.)  I’m sure you could probably just do two, but we wanted a little variety.  The stations are a per person charge.  I think our stations options ranged from $11pp-20pp.  I think we are coming in around $45pp.

Our caterers have told us that they spread the stations out so there is that movement and mingling.  Our wedding is going to be small (around 50 people), so I don’t really see a back-up or wait being an issue.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We did!!!  They’re called “action stations.”  We loved it!  It is more expensive because you pay per person for each thing.  Some places will let you negotiate how much they prepare, though.  We had a pasta station, a carving station, and a ceasar salad station.  We also had a mashed potato bar, but it wasn’t manned.  It was a nice alternative to the buffet since a plated dinner was out for us do to the size of our guest list. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We’re doing stations and I’m praying for the best! It is a little more pricey but we really wanted a relaxed enviroment that encouraged guests to mingle rather than hanging with their one table during dinner.

We’re doing:

Pasta station

Beef carving

Stir-fry

Potato Bar

Salad station

…the first three are chef run (you choose what you want and they cook it/prep it right there) the other two have servers to provide guests with their selection.

 

I really want to hear from guests/brides who have done this as well because I am nervous!!!!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Mars62312:  

Do you have more details? lol How did it go…was there back up at the stations or did it flow pretty smoothly?

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We had a grilled cheese station for our cocktail hour. It sounds funny (even OP laughed!), but it was a HUGE hit. The servers cut them into small wedges and they were served with cups of tomato bisque. I love weddings with stations, it’s fun to try something different at each station. But we also had a buffet (and still managed a semi-formal feel), so it blended perfectly into the reception.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

No backups because we had everything spaced out.  One station per side of the room in multiple rooms.  I didn’t get to eat but I heard out food was amazing, LoL!

We really wanted a lot of variety so with the pasta station they could choose white or red sauce, a variety of veggies and meats, and types of pasta.  The carving station had beef and turkey with a variety of sauces and breads if they wanted to make a sandwich.  I heard the salad station was really neat because they had never seen that before!  It wasn’t premixed so people weren’t stuck picking out things they don’t want.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@misspeanut:  No!  I think that sounds awesome!  I’ve also seen a Quesadilla station…nomnomnomnomnom

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Mars62312:  

Thanks for the info it sound like we are doing something very similar 🙂

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

We’re having 3 stations during our cocktail hour along with passed hord d’oeuvres and a poutine station during the midnight table.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Why stations are typically not the same as a buffet

1) they are spread out allowing for easy flow of traffic. No one gets “called” to eat.

2) they are open longer and, therefore, there is a less defined time to eat your dinner. Its more of a cocktail style reception where you can eat and mingle at your own pace

3) more choices and variety than a traditional buffet

4) depending on your choices it can be manned by a person or not. It can be more expensive or less.

We had one and had sooooo many choices at ours. We had a seafood station, a carving station, a cheese station, a mediterranean station, pasta station and passed apps. Each station had protein, starch and vegetables choices and all told we had about 3 dozen different things to choose from (way more if you include the cheese and fruit station items) plus passed apps.

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