At most wedding receptions, there are four types of food service. My apologies to Jared and the Colonel, but Subway and Kentucky Fried Chicken would not be one of them!
To save time, see if your caterer can have both sides of the banquet tables available for guests to choose food from. You or your caterer may prefer to have one table of guests escorted to the banquet tables for the convenience of your guests. If a large number of guests are expected, consider more than one series of banquet tables, or even “food stations” placed in various areas of the reception room.
2. A plated (or sit down), or formal meal usually consists of three or more courses and can take in excess of three hours depending upon how sophisticated the meal. WARNING: This sometimes is a real party killer because of the amount of time these meals take to serve!
3. A cocktail buffet is often held for one to two hours in late afternoon. Finger foods and wedding cakes might substitute for a full course meal. This should not be your choice if you are planning a dinnertime wedding.
4. A tea reception is usually held in the early afternoon. Tea sandwiches and hors d’oeuvres are the items just as the name implies.
Many times, floor plans are the key to a successful wedding reception. You need to ensure your guests comfort (wiggle room), and ensure that they are not directly in front of the disc jockey or band’s speakers. Here are some sample floor plans.