Any foodie would agree that the catering is an integral part of any wedding reception and is as important as the décor and festivities! Wedding reception dining styles are now as distinctive as the tastes of each bride and groom. Many couples go to their caterer with the request to offer their guests a one of a kind reception, something exciting and memorable.
When you visualize your wedding reception offerings, what style do you see? A cocktail reception with small bites and lavish displays scattered throughout the reception area? Perhaps you are thinking of a casual buffet style with multiple offerings to please a diverse crowd? Maybe you are considering a more traditional seated and served diner with a three-course meal. You don’t necessarily have to choose just one style. How about mixing up the styles of service to incorporate some innovative ways of serving delicious menu selections?
If you prefer cocktail reception style without the seated meal, it’s fun to offer a combination of passed hors d’oeuvres, beautiful displays and Chef’s action stations. This allows guests to move around the reception sampling small plates at their leisure. Colorful, delicious displays of antipasto, artisan breads and cheeses, and grilled vegetables entice your guests.
For a heavier hors d’oeuvres reception, consider offering small plate stations. One station might offer a variety of individually plated appetizers and salads. The next station could showcase a full presentation of an entrée (on a smaller scale) such as a braised short rib over Gorgonzola polenta dressed with port wine demi. Dessert action stations could feature crepes flambé prepared upon request, while across the room your guests might enjoy displays of assorted mini desserts such as Key lime tarts, chocolate truffles and caramel macadamia tortes. Wine pairing stations introduce the perfect marriage of food and wine. For instance: you could pair a light Pinot Grigio with Diver scallops, a robust Cabernet with baby lamb chops, and a Riesling to compliment the desserts.
You may want to have a seated and served dinner but don’t care to offer entrée choices for your guests to preselect. Rather than offer a duet plate, offer separate courses. In the style of a wine pairing dinner, each course is paired with a wine that is, as perfectly matched, as the bride and groom. This opens up the opportunity for the bride, groom or a member of the bridal party to start each course with a toast and introduction of the wine and menu item paired with that wine. This is a great way to remain engaged with your guests during a seated dinner.
Feasting Tables offer a family style way to share a delicious meal. Beautifully prepared abundant platters, with a variety of entrees and side dishes are passed down long rectangular tables. You might want to have a more formal start to bring everyone to the dinner table with a plated salad, followed a variety of entrees served family style. Dessert and coffee stations encourage the guests to get up and closer to the dance floor after dinner.
Your guests have come to celebrate you, the bride and groom. Selecting your menu is one of the most exciting components of the reception planning process. Showcase your style and taste in order to give your guests lasting memories of your stunning and unique celebration.