To sit or not to sit? It is the first big choice you’ll make as you plan your wedding dinner. Choosing your dinner service dictates the flow and vibe of your wedding. Do you go with a seated, traditional dinner, or do you mix things up with a cocktail style, roaming service? You could even decide to opt for the flexibility of a buffet.
The beautiful thing about weddings these days is that anything goes as long as you have enough food to go around so that your guests aren’t left feeling hungry.
Here’s a few considerations to help you make the choice between cocktail and sit-down celebrations.
The Cocktail Party
Cocktail receptions can be elegant and stylish and are right on trend. They allow your guests to enjoy the space and socialise with each other. They also make it easy for the bride and groom to circulate and chat with everyone. A lot couples want their wedding to feel like a “big party” and a cocktail reception definitely fits the bill. It tends to encourage a more relaxed, casual atmosphere and also allows you to invite more guests.
However, if you’re going for a cocktail style wedding, remember to spare a thought for all the ladies in heels. Dancing feet need a rest occasionally. If you have elderly guests attending, they will also be looking for a comfortable seat to mingle quietly rather than standing and walking the room all evening. Consider a break out area or some lounge seating where those who need to, can take a breather.
We have some beautiful lounge options at the Waterfront Function Centre and right now have a lounge voucher included in our cocktail packages. Check out our specialist supplier at www.rocketevents.com.au
The Sit-Down Dinner
The seated dinner is the most traditional wedding reception option and had a built-in elegance factor and a sense of formality. However, it can limit the space of the venue and the flexibility of guest numbers. You also need to think of seating plans and take into consideration your guests dietary preferences and restrictions when selecting the menu.
An alternate option for the sit-down dinner, and again a popular trend, is family-style dining. Tables are served large share platters, allowing guests to choose their preferred meal options and amounts.
On the plus side, a seated dinner, whether plated or family-style service, essentially gives you a captive audience, allowing you to time activities like speeches, toasts and dancing in between courses to keep guests engaged. People know where they are located and are assured of seating and service.
Opting for a buffet provides more menu flexibility. They make it easier and more cost effective to provide guests with a variety of choices.
On the negative side, each table usually has to wait their turn to head to the buffet, so it may take a while for all your guests to be served. Guests also have to serve themselves and carry their plates which might not always be as elegant as you would like.
Whatever you decide is right for your special day, the friendly team at the Waterfront Function Centre can make it happen for you. Talk to our events team today on 02 8047 0475 or click here to get in touch >>