Plated Dinner Wedding Food
Whether you choose 3 courses or 7, plated dinners are the most traditional style of catering for wedding receptions. With a plated dinner, the food is almost always excellent and it’s nice to wow your guests with a menu you’ve hand crafted for them. If you choose this traditional catering style, you’ll need to make sure your venue has a large enough kitchen! At Elite Wedding and Event Planning, we often take advantage of more untraditional wedding venues (ballrooms are not our style!) so this is definitely something to consider. The other disadvantage to a plated dinner is guest only get to try one of the menu options on the wedding day, but trust us, they will be looking forward to their selected meal!
Buffet Style Catering
Buffets were rising in popularity, as they are a great way to offer your guests many different dinner options. Although buffets can have a casual feel, you can always add fun and interactive food stations so that it feels more elevated. In general, buffet dinners often take less time to orchestrate than a plated dinner so if you want your wedding reception to feel like less of a dinner and more of a party, this might be a great option.
Family Style Wedding Dinner
Family style catering has exploded over the last couple years – and for good reason! This classic dining style allows your guests to enjoy a multitude of options for their dinner and adds warmth and conversation to each wedding reception table. For a more elevated dining experience you can choose a combination of family style and plated where the sides are plated for guests and servers come around to eaach table with the proteins butler style. This gives family style catering the luxury feel of a plated dinner combined with the selection of buffet style catering.
Food Stations & Interactive Elements
Here at Elite Wedding and Event Planning, we don’t plan cookie cutter events. Even if you choose one (or multiple) of the above options, the sky truly is the limit when it comes to your wedding or event. To get your creative juices flowing (and mouth watering), we love the open flame cooking of Heirloom Fire Catering or The Swell Party. Or, for a completely different interactive experience, check out Oyster XO for roaming oyster shuckers.
If excellent food is a priority for you, consider adding food stations and other interactive elements to your wedding day. We’ve seen everything from food trucks to large grazing stations. It’s your wedding day and we believe there are no rules. Don’t be afraid to mix and match the above catering styles too!