(Closed) Reception dinner

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

some venues do tableside in general. My venue does tableside as do most of the venues in my area. But if you are in an area where there’s typically no tableside choice, they will probably tack on some money b/c they’ll have to have more of each entree in case more people order that one entree. I think the one venue we went to that didn’t do tableside choice said it would cost more.

Post # 4
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

It will definitely cost slightly more because the venue will have to anticipate who will eat what, and order more food to cover all bases.   The last thing you want to happen on your wedding day is for a guest to be told, "Sorry, we’re out of the fish."

There’s two ways you can get around this that might be more cost-effective:

1.  Serve family style.  We chose 3 entrees (steak, fish & chicken) and had them serve each one on large platters to each table.  The sides were also served separately in large bowls. 

It was a huge hit.  People loved it because they didn’t just have to eat the little food that’s normally on a plated dinner, but they didn’t have to fight the buffet line for a variety of food. (It was also a way to appease my Asian family that I didn’t have a wedding in a Chinese restaurant.  We served fancy catered American food family style!).

2.  Ask if the venue will do "Russian style service".  The wait staff comes to each table with a platter of different entrees, then serves each guest based on what entree they’d prefer. 

Good luck!

Post # 5
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

When I asked our caterer this question, she told us that they would need to order 1 of each dish for each guest, so our costs would skyrocket. I would ask your caterer though!

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