Genevieve
Savvy November 2023

Food stations instead of dinner?

Genevieve, on September 23, 2020 at 4:06 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 1 11
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Hey everyone! I’m currently scoping out my options in terms of feeding guests and keeping it casual. What are your thoughts on using only food stations throughout the night? I’d rather snack and mingle then sit and have a ‘formal’ dinner, seems too fancy for us.

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Latest activity by SHY, on November 24, 2020 at 2:46 PM
  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    That’s fine as long as your reception is at a non-meal time.
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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
    Yasmine ·
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    When is your wedding? I’m not sure if they’ll be ideal during Covid only because I feel like the stations could get pretty crowded with people waiting in line
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  • Genevieve
    Savvy November 2023
    Genevieve ·
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    Our wedding won’t be for another few years, I’m planning way ahead 🙂 but you may be right. Maybe do a buffet but have food stations as well?
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    Dedicated August 2021
    Gianna ·
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    I think stations would be fine, I’ve seen plenty of “station only” menus when I was searching for my venue. I would just suggest choosing some heavier foods/protein if people will be drinking
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  • Neeva
    VIP September 2020
    Neeva ·
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    I personally do not like stations. Usually the lines are long and the food is too small and not filling. Its also difficult to go stand in multiple lines and accumulate a bunch of small plates while trying to have a drink and mingle.
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  • M
    Super October 2022
    Michele ·
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    Station food is pretty filling so it's absolutely appropriate for a dinner time. Instead of one buffet, you have 3+ cuisines to pick from with full meals at each.


    It's something we're definitely looking into because we want a relaxed fun vibe.
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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
    Yasmine ·
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    If it’s a few year out then I don’t see the problem. I think Covid will be under control by then!
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  • Brianne
    Just Said Yes February 2023
    Brianne ·
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    I love this idea! This is exactly what we’re thinking of doing as well. We want the wedding to feel like a party rather than a formal “event” and a lot of our guests would appreciate this more. Also getting married a few years from now and hoping COVID isn’t a problem.
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  • Genevieve
    Savvy November 2023
    Genevieve ·
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    Yeah I think it’ll be more casual then having to sit down for dinner, we just aren’t those types of people 😂 and yes hopefully COVID won’t be an issue by then
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle ·
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    We're not fancy people either but debating between plated and stations. We like the idea of idea of the variety that stations allows and letting guests be served either way. While I haven't seen stations at a wedding, a close friend in NYC said multiple stations are very common there as cocktail hours and guests love the variety and atmosphere but they are so full from those over a 2 hr span that the plated meals served following aren't touched at all. So I wouldn't be concerned about guests not getting enough to eat if you are providing a generous spread.
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  • SHY
    Master January 2022
    SHY ·
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    We aren't fancy either lol.

    We're having a buffet style dinner and having our DJ call table numbers up when it's their turn to get food! Our wedding isn't until Jan. 2022 so we're pretty confident that COVID won't have an effect on our wedding (knock on wood), but we are going to ask our caterer if they will have servers to give guests their food just in case!

    We just like the fact that a buffet style gives our guests more options in comparison to a plated meal.

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