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What Type of Food Should You Serve at Your Wedding?

Gone are the days where wedding decisions must be done conforming strictly to tradition, and instead, couples have the freedom to express their personality and unique relationship on their big day. Aside from the wedding dress, the food style or presentation is one of the elements of the wedding that now offer more varieties. Back in the day, wedding food ideas were limited to either a plated dinner or buffet, but now, you can choose from a broad selection. In fact, some venues even include food style options in their wedding packages. And while you may still choose the two traditional styles for your wedding, knowing what other options you have can help you select the best one.

Plated Dinner

In a plated dinner setting, the reception is filled with round tables, each seating at least 8 to 12 guests, that are served a three-course dinner. On some occasions, a fourth intermezzo course is served after the appetizer to cleanse the palate before the entree and dessert. While the plate choice selection is often determined by the caterer, you would still be able to choose what meals you want to have served.

Whether your wedding is more intimate or grand, this food style would work well for couples that prefer a traditional reception. It also allows your guests to get acquainted with each other while waiting for the food to arrive. Additionally, since the serving portions of food are controlled, you can significantly minimize food waste.



Buffet catering in Sydney gives your guests the liberty to select what they would be eating from your selection. A server would be standing behind each option in the buffet line to describe the dishes to the guest and put an appropriate portion on their plate. And unlike plated dinners, a buffet allows any extra hungry guests to get a second helping. Buffet lines can move very slowly, however, so it’s a good idea to serve a salad or soup at each table for guests to enjoy while waiting for their turn.

A buffet spread is more cost-effective, as you would require fewer servers throughout the event. Its wide range of choices also means that guests with allergies or dietary restrictions can have other options for their meals.


Food Stations

The concept of food stations is quite similar to a buffet, except instead of having them line up at each station the food displays are spread across different tables, often grouped by category. This food style is an ideal choice when you want to incorporate a theme into your presentation such an “around the world” or a fun sushi bar.

Most food stations simply divide the food into their specific categories, with entrée on one side, sides in another and another one for dessert. These are more spread out than buffets, allowing your guests to roam and socialize. While this setting doesn’t require many servers, they are needed to help remove the empty plates that guests are likely to discard as they move on to their next course.



Cocktail-style receptions are one of the more recent trends when it comes to food presentation. Rather than full meals, this style offers hors d’oeuvres and small bites all evening. These are either passed along or in stations where guests can help themselves. The popularity of this food style comes from couples that prefer a more casual atmosphere and shorter reception. Once you’ve decided on a food preparation style, be sure to work with a renowned caterer to ensure quality and delicious service. For best buffet deals, Windsor Function Centre is your best choice. We offer wonderful food selection along with our venue and wedding packages. Contact us today to learn more.


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