Four Wedding Catering Options

Sure, maybe you have a caterer or a preferred menu in mind, but what kind of catering do you want for your wedding reception? Not sure how to answer that question? We’ve got you! Below, we have outlined four of the most common wedding catering styles.

(Photographer: Sun Kissed Smiles)

  1. Plated. For the traditionalists out there, or for the bride who dreams of a truly formal wedding, a plated meal is the way to go. Of course, a plated meal will also require that you create a seating chart, and it will increase your catering costs due to the servers you’ll have to hire in addition to the standard catering staff. This option, however, is also a beautiful presentation and the height of elegance.

    (Photographer: Finding Eden Photo)

  2. Family style. If you’re looking for something less formal than plated catering but still like the idea of guests not having to leave their tables, family-style catering is your best option. Your guests can still remain seated for the meal, but instead of having individual plated served, each table will receive platters of food for the menu and a stack of plates, allowing guests to take exactly as much as they want of each option. Especially if you’ve created a seating chart that keeps families and groups of friends together, this may be your ideal choice. Family-style catering is, however, your most expensive catering option, as it increases the amount of food necessary per table.

    (Photographer: Star Noir Studio)

  3. Stations. Want to offer a wider menu with different types of food? Are you looking to make a statement with your main entrée? Go with stations. Your caterers can place the various stations throughout your venue, each featuring a different culinary experience (think grilled cheese, stir-fry, etc.), that guests can visit at will. Plus, you’re avoiding creating long lines, while also increasing the ability for your guests to mingle amongst themselves.

    (Photographer: Sullivan Photography)

  4. Buffet. The most cost-effective of catering options, a buffet consists of one to two long tables filled with your entire reception menu. This is the least formal option, ideal for brides desiring a more low-key event. Worried about creating long lines? Don’t—tell your wedding planner that you want to invite guests to go through the buffet by captain’s call (dismissal by table) in order to minimize the bottle-neck effect.

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