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 CEREMONY & RECEPTIONS Food and Beverage
In addition to choosing the site for your reception, you’ll need to think about the food and beverages you will be serving your guests. Food options include everything from cake and punch to light hors d’oeuvres, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a dinner buffet or a seated dinner. Beverage options run the gamut from coffee and punch to a full hosted bar with champagne, beer, wine and cocktails. Many couples are opting to have only beer and wine as the available alcoholic beverages. The younger crowd won’t miss the cocktails. However, you may not save as much as you think since you only save the incremental cost of the cocktail over the other drinks.
Budget, time of day and the theme of your wedding, along with your catering pro- fessional will all help determine your final menu choices.
Early afternoon tea or late evening receptions will normally cost less since the
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amount of food you need to provide will be less, as will the seating and rental equipment. If you are working within a tight budget, this is an excellent way to save some money. Receptions scheduled at these times usually do not last as long as those scheduled at the early to mid-evening times. Most evening celebrations include a full meal, a bar, and dancing.
The dinner buffet or heavy hors d’oeuvres meal is rapidly becoming the serving style of choice. These styles allow a more casual atmosphere and encourage more mingling than a plated dinner. Many caterers recom- mend this style for that reason.
There is some question as to what the difference is between the dinner buffet and
heavy hors d’oeuvres. It may be just a matter of semantics, but normally a dinner buffet provides seating for most or all guests. There will be several entrees from which to choose. One is usually a carving station with beef, turkey, or ham; two salads; two starches; and possibly vegetable and fruit dishes will round out the selections.
The heavy hors d’oeuvres style of food selections may be slightly lighter but you should still include a carving station and possibly a pasta bar. Using multiple food stations helps to minimize long lines and the frustration for your guests.
Questions to Ask
Use the downloadable planner from our website when you visit the reception sites you are considering. The checklist and questions in the planner give you a good place to start when asking questions.
Intuition is very important – let your instinct guide you – when you find the reception site that’s just right for you, you’ll know it ... and the image you have dreamed of will begin to take shape. §

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