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Types of Reception Meals and Their Advantages

Among all types of reception meals, wedding meal is probably the most sophisticated and important among all. It is also one of the most expensive ones (wedding planners confess, that around 40-50% of wedding budget is spent for this purpose). As there are several main wedding reception meals available we will try to describe each type and explain its advantages and practical benefits.

#1: Plated Dinner

This is a classical plated sit-down dinner. Each guest at this option is served with a plated meal, usually discussed beforehand. Typically for such wedding receptions you will have three courses: appetizer, entree, and dessert. You can either choose the served dishes by discussing the possibilities with each guest separately, or give your servers freedom to propose guests a choice of two (sometimes three) entrées.

The main benefit of this option is that everyone gets to eat at the same time and that you and your caterer will know how much food you actually need to serve. Moreover, at this point you can pay beforehand and so know the price for the service.

#2: Buffet

For a wedding buffet you will usually have several long table stations with served food. Guests will take their plates and choose the food they would like to eat from the stations. At this point you can either hire servers to serve the food from the stations or let your guests do so themselves. According to the wedding reception food reviews this is the most casual and modern type of serving food.

For this type of food reception you will need to hire fewer servers and so in term of their training this is a much easier task to complete. Buffets in general are more cost-effective however, remember that you still need servers to serve drinks to the tables. You also free yourself from the fear of someone allergic to something eating this food or ingredient.

#3: Family-Style

Family-style wedding reception dinners are similar to the classic option of plated dinner. The main difference lies in the fact that here guests are assigned to specific table and so are the servers. Here you can either follow the pattern of plated dinner or prefer to put larger plates with some dishes on the tables so that your guests will have a possibility to choose what they prefer.

The greatest advantage of this food serving type is that every guest has a possibility to put as much food on the plate as he or she wants. It means that no one will leave your wedding hungry. And it is also efficient in terms of the wedding program, because everyone starts eating almost immediately and so you can keep the track of time.

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