Wedding buffets have a lot of appeal. Not only is there bound to be something that pleases everyone, but they are also more affordable due to the smaller number of wait staff required and the simpler production. Recently, buffets have also been strikingly original and fun. While you may skip the dinner buffet for a traditional sit down dinner, appetizers, dessert, and coffee are delicious alternatives.
The Appetizer Buffet
More and more couples are choosing this option or a combination of waiters with platters of small bites, and a table of cheese, crackers, and cold platters. What's ideal about this combination is that it dramatically cuts down on wait time. Instead of trying to ambush a waiter, a guest can nibble on some bread and fruit until he spots a tray traveling his way.
The Dinner Buffet
A line of steaming trays can arouse pleasure or remind guests of their school cafeteria. Tasteful decor is essential to differentiating the two. Many couples choose one or two hot stations such as a pasta station (Italian or Chinese) and a carving station (a perennial favorite). Two lines will make the wait go faster, as well as a professional team of caterers that keep the hot food coming.
If you have a significant group of vegetarians or vegan, one of my vegan friends have often complained that the only selection is either salad or steamed vegetables that non-vegans dutifully eat as well. Make sure there are enough veggie dishes to go around.
The Dessert Buffet
The dessert buffet is the current darling of the wedding world. We've seen DIY cookie buffets where the couples' families and friends each contribute several dozen scrumptious morsels, candy buffets, ice cream bars, and more. They can either bring out our inner child or be as carefully arranged as a jewelry store display case. Your guests are guaranteed to enjoy this!
The Beverage Buffet
We've seen coffee, hot chocolate, and even tea buffets! Although the latter, functioned more as a favor than as an after dinner pick me up. In the summer, guests can mix and match their own tropical cocktails under the watchful eye of a few of your catering staff or blend three types of lemonade.
Buffets are also wonderful because they're communal and the slow movement of the line guarantees that your guests will mingle and make small talk as they eye the roast beef or the pie.
Posted by Natalie T.