Thanks for all the comments on my buffet vs. seated dinner posting earlier this week.
It was nice to hear everyone's thoughts on the topic and some of the comments definitely
helped validate our decision:
Joelle said: "As easy as buffets are for everyone, I really do love the elegance of a plated dinner. There's just something so fancy and fun about it! I agree that it can get expensive, but there aren't too many people that don't like it. Buffets, on the other hand, can get a little chaotic and difficult to manage if you don't have the right staff available."
Megan said: "I personally like stations, rather than a seated dinner. I just feel like a seated dinner takes up so much time. That's just me though!"
Valerie said: "This is a wonerful post...it is such a great idea to layout the pros and cons when you have to decide on a wedding detail! I'm not sure which one you picked, but I've always been a huge fan of seated dinners...it's definitely a classic and elegant option!"
Potatoes and Pilaties said: "We had a four course sit down dinner which worked really well with the format/vision of our reception. I do love the idea of giving guests the freedom of choosing there meals though. I think having stations would be a wonderful option if the quality of the food was fantastic and catered for a pretty small crowd."
Caroline said: "We had a buffet and then stations at our reception. If you have a seated dinner, you will definitely get to eat. Since we did not, I put one of my bridesmaids in charge of bringing me a plate of food and Fred did the same. We never sat down!"
Emma said: "I decided on a seated dinner because we thought it actually worked out to be cheaper to give people a set amount of food!"
Megan said: "I am all for seated dinners, and the funny thing is, at my venue, its cheaper than the buffet option. Probably because the buffet has more food. To me, seated is a bit more classy, unlike the buffet 'feeding pit'."
If you haven't guessed it yet...we chose A SEATED DINNER!
I just love the added elegance that a seated dinner brings to a wedding.
Guests will have assigned seating which allows us to pick who sits the closest or farthest from us.
(Yes, this adds more planning and stress, but it's worth it to make sure your out of town family and loved ones sit close to you!)
Guests will also be served simutaneously so everyone is eating their courses at the same time.
(This allows for toasts, first dances, cake cutting, and for US TO EAT!)
I am a big fan of eating. :)
Speaking of eating, we had our menu tasting last weekend and it went great! We tried many appetizers for our cocktail hour, followed by many entree and accompaniment choices, and ofcourse, wedding cake.
We've already narrowed down our menu options, and I'm soooo excited about them!
I really do think everyone will enjoy what we chose to serve!
....but I'll keep that a secret! :)