Whether you’ve been planning your perfect wedding for years or you are just starting out, one of the biggest decisions you have to make is what food to serve at the reception. Planning your reception is essentially planning one of the biggest parties of your life. The food you serve, the venue you choose, your catering decisions, and countless other factors all play a huge part is making your day exactly what you wanted. There are a lot of different traditions you could go by for your reception, but it may all come down to… do you have a sit-down dinner or a buffet? Ultimately, only you can know what you want for your situation and your budget. That being said, here is some information to help you decide what will work best for you.
The Sit-Down Dinner
Sit-down dinners are incredibly popular. They maintain the luxurious feel of your wedding while providing your guests with a variety of dinner options. If you’ve ever been to a wedding with a sit-down dinner you know that worry free feeling that leaves you fresh and exciting for dancing later. Most sit-down catering services offer a variety of food options for your guests to choose from. It makes the dinner service nice and simple because – most of the time – guests will have selected their food choice well in advance, removing any risk of you having to do guesswork.
The Buffet Dinner
Buffets are becoming more popular because you can offer a wider variety of food and guests have the ability to change their mind or select a little of everything. It can be tricky to manage a buffet during a reception, though. If you have a lot of guests, they may end up standing in a long line with a plate as they wait for their turn at the food. Depending on your situation, however, a buffet can suit any food-related requests with a bit more leeway than the traditional sit-down dinner.
When you look for the best catering companies in your area, keep in mind the kind of dinner you want to serve. It may seem like a minute detail, but the average wedding has 136 guests invited and each one will need to eat. Figuring out what you want out of your reception, how you want the wedding venue to handle everything, and what you want to remember from your perfect night will make all the difference during your wedding planning experience.