(Closed) heavy hors d’oeuvres reception logistics — help!!! :)

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would suggest having both buffet tables set up so that one is in each room.  That way, it will be clear that both rooms are for eating in.  Presumably, it’s not a problem if guests are reserving their seats, so long as they are using all of the available seating?

Post # 4
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I agree with the PP, don’t put both buffet tables in the main room.  Also, if you can include some taller cocktail style tables in the other room, it will encourage people to use that space to eat at while mingling.

Do you have any outside space? If so, you can try to include some tables outside (even if they are only cocktail tables), so people understand the ‘flow’ of the reception.

Post # 5
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think you can def rearrange the room, maybe take out some bigger tables and add some cocktail tables with high chairs. I feel like that adds to the idea that you don’t need to “stake your claim” but can continue to mingle…

Post # 6
2344 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think you can definitely do it. We had a brunch reception as well and I honestly wish we had done it “cocktail” style instead of having the “cocktail hour” and then moving to a seated reception. Could you have the majority of your food butlered by servers? We did that in a smallish space for about 160 guests and it flowed very well.

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