There are many different dinner service types for wedding receptions. Here are a few popular options to help you decide which one is right for your special day.
Choosing the right dinner service for your reception requires you to consider all of the pros and cons of each type. Many other elements should be considered as well, such as your style and personal preference. Educating yourself about the different dinner service types as well as their benefits and drawbacks can help you choose the perfect service for your reception.
A buffet-style wedding reception is perfect for a smaller wedding. This isn’t the ideal dinner service for your reception if you are expecting a large number of guests. A large guest list at a buffet-style dinner can mean a long line of hungry guests! Of course, even if you have a short guest list, you will still have to do some planning to ensure that things run smoothly. Guests can sometimes take too much food, leaving you with a lack of food for others, or they may take too long in line and leave others waiting. Consider hiring extra servers to dish out the food. This will help move guests along and limit the serving size, at least until everyone is served.
A sit-down service is the perfect complement to a formal wedding. Guests are treated like kings and queens with this type of dinner service; served individually, right at the table. You often have a wide variety of food choices, including desserts. However, this is often the most expensive type of dinner service available. Really consider how much your budget will allow and if you can find a way to still accommodate your guests with your allowance.
Family-style dining is becoming more and more popular. It is a compromise between a sit-down service and a buffet-style service. Dishes are placed on the table and passed around much like a large family gathering. This is definitely the right dinner service for your reception if you want to bring guests together and create the feel of a laid-back family gathering.
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