Almost as important as the food you choose to serve at your wedding is how you choose to serve that food. This guide to serving styles will familiarize you with the most common serving styles. You can use this guide to help you choose the serving style you envision for your wedding.
Hors d'oeuvre Service
If you choose to provide your guests with hors d'oeuvre's at your wedding, you also need to decide how you want those hors d'oeuvre's served. Hors d'oeuvre's work best if there is a gap in-between your wedding and reception, or if your wedding venue has to be flipped into your reception area.
White Glove Or Butler Style
If you go with this option, you will need to hire serves to walk among your guests and serve the hors d'oeuvre's off of platters. You will need to serve all the food on little plates, or make all the food tooth-pick friendly.
This option works well if you want your guests to mingle and not all gather around the food table. This style of service is generally used at more formal wedding receptions.
A couple of tables will be set-out for your guests with hors d'oeuvres. Your guests will be able to serve themselves.
This is a great option for a more casual or semi-formal wedding. Using a table lay-out for your hors d'oeuvres is also an easy way to save some money on your wedding budget.
Plates & Silverware
In addition to choosing how to serve your hors d'oeuvres, you also need to think about what type of plates and silverware you want your guest to use while enjoying their appetizers.
If you want to keep things paper, serve all of your hors d'oeuvres on paper plates and use plastic utensils. That way, all the plates and silverware can just go into trash cans.
If you do choose to go with this option, make sure you set up plenty of trash cans in easy to spot places. There is nothing worse than walking around with a paper plate and not knowing what to do with it.
Paper plates can work for both casual and formal weddings. You can always choose to jazz it up with some custom paper plates, or choose high quality disposable plates.
This is a very easy way to cut down on your catering expenses.
Going with glass plates and real silverware works well if your wedding has a more formal feel to it.
If you choose to go with glass plates, make sure you plan adequately for them. You will either need to set up a location or two where your guests can deposit their glass plates into dish collection trays, or you will need to hire servers to come around and collect plates from your guests.
Also, be prepared for the extra expense that comes with renting plates and silverware for your appetizers, as well as the labor that goes into collecting and cleaning these items.
If you are serving hors d'oeuvres at your wedding, keep in mind the feeling you are trying to create as well as your budget. Using servers and real plates and silverware will increase the cost, whereas setting up a self-serve table and using disposable plates and silverware will keep your costs down. You can also use a combination, such as servers and disposable plates, to keep in line with your budget and your vision. To learn more, visit Stardust Restaurant.