(Closed) What type of reception are you having?

posted 11 years ago in Food
  • poll: Reception type

    Plated meal

    Buffet or stations

    Heavy appetizers

    Dessert or cake and coffee

    Other (is there another type?)

  • Post # 32
    268 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Ours is a tapas buffet.  We decided on this particular menu because tapas is really popular over here and everyone loves it.  Plus it’s really easy to substitute veggie dishes for the fish/seafood which several folks are either allergic to or flat out don’t like.

    Post # 33
    6659 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Plated because that is what my family expects and my parents are hosting. I like the idea of stations and/or buffetts though, although have heard some horror stories about food sitting out too long or there not being enough!

    We will have some stations during cocktail hour so people can load up a little ahead of time.

    Post # 34
    353 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I am torn between plated or heavy apps.  I love the idea of heavy apps because I have never been a fan of the whole dinner thing, BUT a seated dinner does give structure and flow to the whole evening.  People don’t get confused, they know when to eat, sit, dance, etc.  We have been pushing off the decision, but have to decide soon.

    Post # 35
    98 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    i thought i would do a buffet but the venue i went with is more of a plated kind of place.  what I really liked about this option is that the guests don’t have to choose their meal way ahead of time, they are given a menu at the reception and get to pick.  So they get to pick whatever they’re craving at the moment without having to wait in line. best of both.

    Post # 36
    2066 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Plated dinner.  The last few weddings I’ve been to with stations or a buffet were a huge disaster.  Too much time waiting in line, mass confusion, etc, etc. 

    Post # 37
    202 posts
    Helper bee

    I hate plated dinners (as a guest).  Even though it can save money, it assumes that everyone likes the choices you’ve picked.  I’ve been to many weddings where most of my food goes to waste because its just not what I like (or too little of the yummy stuff).  For our wedding we went for a mix of heavy apps and a buffet. I’m a huge fan of dancing so we asked the caterer to stick to a carb heavy meal (pasta sation) and a lot of easy apps that could set out for a few hours for guests to graze on as they danced.  It worked wonderfuly and EVERYONE commented on how delicious the food was (and how they liked the fact that they could get as much as they wanted!!).

    Post # 38
    714 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We are doing buffet and it was an easy choice for us.  FH family is Persian and we are having a Persian wedding with Persian food.  There are so many choices when it comes to Persian food that there is no way we could have done it plated.  

    Post # 39
    404 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Heavy passed appetizers.  It was a space issue. 

    Heavy apps reception- can fit 80 people

    Plated dinner- can fit 50 people

    Buffet- can fit 40 people

    We are planning for 5-6 pieces of food per person, per hour of reception. Everyone should get plenty to eat. 

    We are also warning guests in advance by indicating on the invitation it will be a “cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception” so there are no surprises.

    Post # 40
    2186 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    plated – dont like buffet style because i have never had warm food at a buffet wedding and hate sitting aroudn while other folks are eating….

    Post # 41
    722 posts
    Busy bee

    Gator, I don’t really like plated dinners either. I find stations/buffets so much more fun. I’ve never had to wait in line. I think it is because the way I’ve seen them set up, people get small plates of food throughout the evening-it’s not everyone sitting down and eating at the same time.

    Post # 42
    5150 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We are offering a plated meal with two choices. We chose this because we have other choices…hor dourves, salads, desserts, etc and I always liked the idea of a traditional type plated meal

    I have been to buffet weddings that were very fun and very yummy though 🙂

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