(Closed) Reception … Seated Dinner or Stations?

posted 14 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008


With that number, I would highly recommend that you do a plated, sit down dinner rather than a buffet even if you were going to have more than 1 line with the same station. It gets really hectic with so many people running around trying to get food, waiting in line, and trying to return to the tables. I’ve been to quite a few buffet weddings, and the larger ones were a bit disappointing. By the time the first group of people were done eating, some of the later groups haven’t even gotten a chance to get up and get food or retrieve food yet (still in line, even with multiple lines with the same stations).

My wedding planner also advised against doing buffets once you get to the 150 mark or so, especially with children. Spills, breakage, falls, you name it. It’s a concern and a possibility.

Often times, people think that having a sit-down dinner is more expensive than a buffet. This is not always the case. Buffets can sometimes be more expensive because the catering company must constantly refill and refill to keep the platters full.

Post # 4
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I had a station dinner with 140 people and it went great.  The capacity at our venue was 150, but it worked out fine, since the food was served for a full 2 hours.  Plus, the food was unbelievable!!!

I don’t understand what you are saying about having fewer tables.  Everyone still needs a seat whether you serve stations or sit down.  If anything, stations will take up more room because you need a place for all of the food tables.

But like I said, I was also worried and it worked out fine.  I think it depends on how many stations you have.  We had 4.  With that many people you may need almost 8, or two lines at each station.  I would listen to the advice of the venue.  They have done this before at thier location, and they will want you to have a good experience with them, so hear what they have to say before you make your decision.

Post # 5
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I am doing a station dinner for 150 and I am opting to do so because I want the emphasis to be on mingling and socialization and allowing people to eat and nibble as they like. Overall – I love the idea of station dinners! With that said, the manager at my venue actually warned that if we got too close to the room capacity of 175 we would have to either (a) set up a traditional buffet line or (b) do a seated dinner as stations require a lot more room. If you’re worried about your 300 people fitting, you will probably have to nix the stations idea and go for something that takes up less space. Good luck!

Post # 6
26 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

Ask the manager if you can actually see the room set up.  Maybe they will be having other functions in the next few weeks where the room would be set up similar to what you want in either a plated dinner or a station.  Sometimes the actual visual makes it easier to make a decision.

Post # 7
64 posts
Worker bee

We had food stations for our wedding two weeks ago, with almost 300 guests, and it went GREAT — no compaints at all.  It lends itself to mingling and more of a cocktail party atmosphere.

Post # 8
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

I second what JCM said, that is too many ppl for stations.

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