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Monday, April 15, 2013

Different Catering Styles for Your Wedding

With all of the different things that are already on your mind, you don't want to deal with choosing a catering style for your wedding on top of everything else. Before you meet with your caterer company, you should think about the type of wedding that you want. This helps you determine the best type of catering for your event and which one you want to use. Once you pick a catering type, you'll have one less thing you need to worry about in the coming months.


A buffet wedding reception is one of the more popular types because it is one of the cheapest options for caterers. Instead of paying for waiters to walk around or bring food directly to your guests, your guests walk to the buffet to get their food. The buffet typically has several types of dishes that workers serve from chaffing dishes, which keep the food hot or cold. Guests pick up plates and utensils at one end of the table, get their food as they walk down the table and exit at the opposite end.

Appetizer Reception

An appetizer reception, also known as a finger food reception, lets you save money by focusing on smaller dishes instead of full meals. Guests receive appetizers, finger foods and other small dishes that they can eat while standing around the room. These receptions often use waiters and waitresses, who pass the food around the room, ensuring that all guests get something to eat.

Seated Meals

A seated meal reception is one where all of your guests sit down to eat. This is often the most expensive option because you need to hire enough waiters and waitresses to cover all of the tables, and if you have a larger wedding, you might spend hundreds on the wait staff. The wait staff brings food directly to the table, clears the plates between courses and give your guests refills on drinks.

Serving Types

There are a few different types of servings available for weddings when you choose a seated meal. With Russian service, the wait staff brings the dishes to the table on a large platter and passes the dishes out to guests. Plated service is a little more expensive because each table has several waiters and waitresses who bring the plated food to the table. This ensures that every guest receives service at the same time. Another option is something referred to as French service. One waiter brings a platter of food to the table, while another waiter passes that food to those at the table.

Knowing which type of service you want before you meet with your caterer can help you cut down on the time you spend in the office, giving you more time to deal with your other wedding details. 

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  1. Great blog post!

    There's one type of buffet in particular that we love... DESSERT buffets!

    We find that couples who have a theme in mind tend to get really excited about wedding catering, which makes it fun for us as well. Lots of people just want their food to be delicious, but for it to be memorable or creative, the catering company has to build a relationship with the couple to make it work for them.

  2. Thanks for sharing. In the case of an appetizer reception, what times would such a catering option be recommended? Also, I've also heard of a cocktail reception, is this the same thing?

  3. Appetizer Receptions are great with a mass amount of guests. If a wide range of appetizers are chosen, then you're pretty much guaranteed to keep all your guests happy.

    It's also beneficial for weddings that are on a strict budget- as long as you don't go over board and you keep track of the numbers.

    In regards to a cocktail reception, it is usually for small intimate event where a limited amount of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres are provided.

    Thanks for your feedback :)

  4. These all styles are looking so enjoyable I’ll be must arrange a fabulous venue on my wedding.

  5. I went to an afternoon wedding a while back and all they served was top quality chocolates. It was fantastic!

  6. Truly said, by deciding the types of services for wedding it is easy for the caterers to organize for the wedding event.
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  7. well nice ideas for planning wedding and article help me to fine some new in wedding planner android app free

  8. I think if you want everything to be perfect on your wedding day you should hire professional wedding agency to plan everything. I suggest you this one


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