Catering Food For Your Wedding: Yay or Nay?

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When it comes to memorable moments in a wedding, food is one of the most important. When it comes to catering your wedding there is no longer just the standard options of choosing beef, chicken or fish. Today, the options are endless in terms of what you can serve and how you serve it! We are going to share some of our favourite ways to serve food at your wedding.

Sit Down Dinner

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A plated sit-down dinner is considered the most formal option as each guest is individually served a plated meal. Typically, guests are served three courses: appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Caterers will usually give guests a choice of two (or three) entrées, which they select beforehand; another option is to serve each guest two proteins, such as meat and fish, on one plate (sometimes called a “duet” plate).

Everyone at the table gets their food at the same time. You can spread out activities in between each course to keep guests engaged and maintain a nice energy throughout the meal service.


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Food stations are set up on long tables where guests can walk along and serve themselves. Another option is to have servers stationed behind the buffet table serving each dish. This style of meal service is considered to be one of the most casual ones.

Buffets make it easier and more cost effective to provide guests with a variety of choices, which is helpful since many people have many dietary restrictions. This service style also promotes mingling and interacting among guests.

Cocktail-Style Reception

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A more recent trend, a cocktail-style reception features hors d’oeuvres and other small bites offered all evening long in lieu of a sit-down meal. The hors d’oeuvres are usually one- or two-bite portions and can be a combination of hot and cold options. This reception style is a good choice for couples wanting a more casual atmosphere and for their guests to really mingle and meet each other.

If your venue is small, cocktail receptions allow you to have more people since you won’t need dinner tables and chairs for every guest. They’re also typically shorter than a sit-down meal, and they allow you and your groom to easily circulate throughout the room and chat with everyone.

Catering food to your wedding allows you to have a variety of ways of serving food to your guests.

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