Common Reception Catering Layouts

The reception is one of the best parts of a wedding.

Besides the bride and groom saying, “I do,” the reception is one of the best parts of a wedding. During this part of the ceremony, people laugh the most, dance the night away, and get the chance to eat fantastic food. When it comes to receptions and weddings in general, a lot of thoughts comes into consideration. If you’re engaged and in the planning process, Catering by Alan Weiss is here to help you. Many future spouses obsess over catering, and why wouldn’t they? The goal is to make their big day one to remember. Need help narrowing your options down? Keep reading!

1)  A Formal Sit-Down Dinner

A formal sit-down dinner involves guests being seated and served. Guests eat three courses which include an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Typically, the groom and bride-to-be pick two or three entree dishes, or there’s also the option of serving two proteins on a plate simultaneously (e.g., poultry and fish).

The benefits of this arrangement are that caterers can know in advance how much food they need to serve. Also, everyone gets their food at the same time. If you want to make your wedding extra coordinated, you can plan activities or dances between meals to keep up the energy of the event.

2) Buffet-Style Reception

A buffet involves all of the food sitting on a large, long table. Guests will have to get in line to get their food. Usually, to make the reception flow more smoothly, there are servers behind the buffet table to explain to guests what each dish is. They are also there to control serving sizes. In the case of a large number of guests, two buffet tables may be necessary. To be extra considerate of wait times, you can serve soup or salad at the tables so that guests won’t be extra hungry. The benefits of this arrangement are that you’ll need only a few servers, which can cost you less money. This layout also gives your guests a variety.

3) Self-Serve

Self-serve stations are extremely useful if you want to present a theme. An example is “A night in Paris,” where you introduce your guests to French cuisine. People will also be able to dance and eat when they want. Entrees, sides, and salads can have their separate sections.

Other Considerations

  • Family-Style
  • Cocktail-Style

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