4 Types of Catering: How to Choose the Best One for Your Wedding?

Weddings are a spectacular time for two people to celebrate the love they have for one another in front of family and friends. Weddings range from a very elaborate venue and décor to a very simple outdoor wedding. Regardless of the venue choice, all weddings have one thing in common, and that is the food served to guests. Below is a closer look at four different choices a couple has when deciding on the type of food to serve at their wedding reception.

Buffet Line

A buffet is a great way to serve a large number of guests a variety of food choices that guarantees everyone will have something they will enjoy eating as your catering needs are taken care of within the perimeters of the budget. Caterers have a large menu for the host to choose from, as well as being able to accommodate clients on food options that do not appear on a menu. Buffet lines allow guests to pick different food items to eat, and guests can return to the buffet line as often as they want to to put as much food as they would like throughout the evening.

Plated Dinner Option

Formal and elaborate weddings will most likely offer their guests a plated dinner option that is served to them by the servers during the dinner portion. The couple will have a tasting menu with their venue so that they may sample different courses, salads, and appetizers to decide the food for their wedding reception. Depending on their budget, the couple will choose the food options for their guests, and the waitstaff will serve each course, as well as removing empty dishes and dirty silverware to make room for the other courses.

Family Style

Another great option to serve guests with affordable food is family-style dining. This means that each table is given food on platters and in serving bowls, while the guests help themselves, but do not have to leave their table to get the food. The wait staff will come around and give each table the food and will make sure everyone has enough to pass around, as well as replenishing as often as needed. The servers will still clear plates away throughout dinner to ensure guests have a great dining experience.

Cocktail Catering

Many couples decide not to have a big dinner where guests have to sit down for a good portion of the night, and instead, they may opt to serve appetizers throughout the night. Here, the food options are mostly heavy appetizers that are eaten while standing up and mingling with others and is usually consumed within a bite or two. These appetizers can include meat, to make them satisfying, or they can be on the light side for guests to enjoy. The couple can work with the caterer to make sure everyone enjoys the food and is not hungry throughout the night, especially if alcohol is served.

Planning the food for a wedding reception can be a stressful and overwhelming task. However, it does not have to be if the couple keeps a couple of aspects in mind when doing so. First, setting a budget is key, as this will allow the couple to narrow down their food options greatly, so they do not have to look at items they cannot afford. Second, consider the venue layout and guests attending because it may be easier to set up a buffet line if the guest list is large.


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