When planning a wedding menu, it is difficult to satisfy everyone’s palate. But before you pick the type of food, you might want to pick the kind of reception and weigh the pros and cons of each. A sit down or formal reception involves guests being served their own entrée by waitstaff. This is elegant and traditional. However, it could be costly. If you prefer your guests to mingle, a family style reception may be a better option, as guests are seated but they serve themselves from communal plates.
This is a great choice for socializing, but not great for picky eaters or those with dietary restrictions. For a more budget-conscious wedding, a buffet style reception would be a great choice! They require fewer servers, are more affordable than a sit down meal and offer your guests the most flexibility. The buffet style can also accommodate a variety of dietary choices, but could lead to long lines and grumpy guests. For the most versatile reception, you may choose not to serve the traditional dinner at all! Depending on your personal taste and budget, breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea, dessert or appetizers are all great options!