Wed­ding day meal op­tions

Know what to serve on the big day

The Covington News - - Society -

One of the big­gest de­ci­sions a cou­ple has to make when plan­ning a wed­ding con­cerns how to feed the guests.

This boils down to two choices: a sit down meal or a buf­fet style serv­ing. Each has their ups and downs, and which route to take typ­i­cally de­pends on a num­ber of fac­tors.

De­gree of for­mal­ity: For­mal wed­dings of­ten call for a sit- down meal, as it’s gen­er­ally viewed as more el­e­gant. But this doesn’t ex­clude the buf­fet- style op­tion from for­mal wed­dings. At more laid back, but still for­mal, wed­dings a buf­fet- style meal is per­fectly ac­cept­able. For wed­dings that aren’t as for­mal, it’s gen­er­ally best ( and less ex­pen­sive) to of­fer a buf­fet style meal.

The guest list: The global na­ture of the world to­day means friends and fam­ily are spread out more than ever. The guest lists at many wed­dings are in­creas­ingly look­ing like a United Na­tions sum­mit, with at­ten­dees com­ing from all over the map.

If a wed­ding guest list fea­tures many guests who have flown or trav­eled from afar, it might be more ap­pro­pri­ate to of­fer a more re­laxed, sit down meal.

The age of guests should be con­sid­ered as well be­fore de­cid­ing on a meal op­tion. If there will be lots of el­derly peo­ple or even guests with young chil­dren, it’s prob­a­bly eas­ier on them to of­fer a sit down meal.

For wed­dings that boast a par­tic­u­larly young guest list, a buf­fet style might en­cour­age more min­gling and al­low those guests to meet one an­other a lot eas­ier than a sit down meal would.

Bud­get: Buf­fet- style meals are gen­er­ally less ex­pen­sive, but this isn’t al­ways the case. Some think a sit- down meal will cost more be­cause a wait staff is re­quired to serve the food and drinks.

While this is true to an ex­tent, buf­fet- style meals still re­quire a staff on hand to re­place food that has run out. In ad­di­tion, the time of day of the re­cep­tion plays a role as well.

For ex­am­ple, a buf­fet- style lunch will not be nearly as ex­pen­sive as a buf­fet- style din­ner. In gen­eral, though, a buf­fet at a wed­ding is al­most al­ways more bud­get­friendly than a sit down, typ­i­cally cost­ing far less per plate.

Flex­i­bil­ity: Guest lists are of­ten unique, with each guest hav­ing par­tic­u­lar pref­er­ences when it comes to food. This makes buf­fets an es­pe­cially at­trac­tive op­tion. Sit down meals can be very lim­it­ing, which won’t bode well for picky eaters.

A buf­fet, how­ever, of­fers many se­lec­tions, and chances are even the pick­i­est of eaters will find some­thing they can de­vour.

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