Plated Wedding Dinner POLL – please:)

posted 1 week ago in Food
  • poll: How long should a plated Reception dinner be -
    Salad & Entree only : (16 votes)
    27 %
    Salad, 2 small Entree's (45 minutes or so) : (24 votes)
    41 %
    1.5 Hours (Continuous food) : (11 votes)
    19 %
    2 Hours (Continuous food) : (8 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 2
    6377 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’ve never heard of “unlimited plated food” unless you mean a buffet? That seems like a waste, as most people would probably not eat non stop for 2 hours lol. 

    I’d do maybe passed apps, seated salad, seated app, seated entree. You could do a seated dessert, but I always find it redundant if youre serving cake/cupcakes as well. 

    Post # 3
    45 posts
    • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

    We just had our wedding in August and we did a salad, appetizer, entree and dessert plus our wedding cake. The sit down probably took at least 2 hours as we had over 100 people. Prior to the sit down dinner we had a cocktail hour with 4 food stations and 8 types of pass hors d’oeuvres. It was tons of food and everyone was very happy with it. We probably didn’t need that much but that was what was included in a set per person price. Also if you don’t have enough food people will talk always better to err on the side of too much. 

    Post # 4
    397 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    My husband comes from Italian hertiage and his only request throught the whole wedding planning process was that our reception was the 5 course style meal he was accustomed to at formal events, and that it be good Italian food. So that is what we did, we had passed  appetizers, then the antipasto, salad, a pasta dish, entree and dessert. On top of this we had a sweets buffet (his mother wanted to do this which is the only reason we had it) and then there was a late night veggie and pizza buffet. To be honest it was too much in my opion, but no one could complain because there was something for everyone and no one ever stood around hungry. My venue forgot to cut and serve my wedding cake and no one even noticed becuase there was so much food and everyone was full!If I did it again I would for sure go lighter on the food.

    Post # 7
    6533 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I love food but I could never eat this much. Unless it’s not tasty, a salad and entree are plenty and the rest would be wasted. And I’d be so disappointed if something came later that I wanted more. I don’t like eating myself sick. Even dessert I’d appreciate having an hour or so later. Maybe you’d be better off jumping on the new trend of late night snacks and doing the smaller meal?

    Post # 8
    9391 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    2+ hours just for eating is excessive IMO, especially if you’re inviting any children. People want to get up and socialize, dance. Not sit around eating for hours.

    Post # 9
    7753 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I can’t sit and eat for hours. That sounds like an awful evening to me.

    Post # 10
    89 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2021 - Toronto, Ontario

    cincilady2019 :  I think in a lot of cultures there is this need of having a lot of food (mostly to show off, let’s be honest – that’s what we are doing. Haha!). It is always too much food! 

    My food-loving family hates the idea of passed apps so we are doing an “appetizer buffet” during our cocktail hour. This was a 

    We then have a few options for the sit-down meal. 

    a. The intense version: Soup course, salad course, pasta course, palette cleanser ( this is usually a sorbet?), meat course, plated dessert, late-night snack buffet (not plated)

    b. Less intense: Soup , salad, pasta, meat, dessert, late-night

    c. Soup, salad, Meat and Seafood mixed course, dessert, late-night

    My cousin did a traditional eastern-European dish instead of the pasta course and served it after the meat course. You can do your favourite dish instead of pasta – or risotto! 

    Post # 11
    96 posts
    Worker bee

    i personally don’t love when weddings have really long sit down dinners.  i like the cocktail hour/mingling and the dancing the best, and if i just have to sit at my table for hours, i find it really kills the party atmosphere.  if im stuffed with food and forced to sit for hours, i’m probably just going to feel like napping. 

    Post # 12
    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    We had a buffet style wedding. The food stations were open for an hour and a half. Our guests LOVED it. The lighter eaters/people who enjoy dancing ate a bit and got back out on the dance floor. The guests that don’t enjoy dancing and a few with injuries got to sit and eat a little longer. No one felt awkward because no one that wanted to get up felt like they neeeeded to sit down because it was still “time to eat” and no one that wanted to stay sitting felt weird because they were doing something other than sitting. Our guests loved that we had so much food, a few guests said “this is the first wedding I’ve been too where I didn’t want to stop and get fast food after”

    Post # 13
    504 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    We had a sit down three course meal for 125. It lasted about 2 hrs without speeches which followed afterwards. I thought it was a good length of time. We had an evening finger food buffer too but a lot of that went uneaten.

    We had considered doing four courses but I’m glad we didn’t. We were partly put off that idea by another wedding we went to, which had four courses plus speeches between each course. It went on for about four hours which was way too long imo. 

    Having said that, I went to a wedding in France with 7 courses and speeches, singing and games between courses. It was amazing but it was also the best food I’ve ever had at a wedding and most of the guests were French and very up for the games etc. 

    Post # 14
    533 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    Ours was a sit down meal, each guest had a starter, main and dessert. We then put on a buffet later. Am all for loads of food, people love free food too! 

    Post # 15
    9163 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    one of my favorite meal experiences of all time was this tasting menu, it was pretty much continuous food for 3 hours.  i was stuffed but the food was amazing. 

    continuous food for 2 hours sounds filling.

    after cocktail hour, your guests could sit down to an amuse bouche, then salad, then dinner. 

    at our wedding we had a viennese table in addition to cake.  cake was placed at your seat and guests could go up to the viennese table to take what they wanted.

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