Sit-Down Dinner – A sit-down or full-service dinner that usually takes place between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. These are considered more of a formal affair and have a waitstaff serve each table for the duration of the meal so guests are not expected to leave their seats to help themselves to food.
Buffet – A buffet wedding reception refers to a wedding dinner in which guests leave their seats to serve themselves and then take their seats to eat. Similar to buffet restaurants, buffet-style wedding receptions can either have a pre-determined seating arrangement or they can allow for guests to choose the table of their choice. Buffets allow for a wide range and variety of foods to be served.
Cocktail Party – Cocktail receptions can serve as a classy and formal alternative to a dinner. They usually take place between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. which allows guests to have their own dinner before arriving. They usually call for formal dressy attire for women and black tie or business dress for men. Cocktail receptions encourage mingling, since wedding guests stand for most of the party. However, small tables, chairs and sometime couches are set up for guests.
Family Style – This service allows guests to have a variety of foods, such as meat, fish and vegetarian. Also, it gives a more casual, interactive quality to the dinner service. Please keep in mind casual does not translate to less expensive just like buffets couples do not choose family style because of cost but because of the feel they are going for at their reception.
Dessert Reception – This is under the same idea of a cocktail party where instead of smaller appetizers, you will have a variety of sweets and treats for your guests. This usually begins at 9 or 10 p.m., well after the typical dinner hours, so you’ll want to schedule the ceremony for no earlier than 8 p.m. It is best to indicate to your guests on your
A “Backyard” Barbecue – A growing and fun trend in weddings is a great backyard BBQ. This can be served by a caterer or more in a DIY fashion as either a sit-down dinner, a buffet or in a family-style service. It can be less-expensive and is a fun option for a less formal wedding reception.
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