Find a banquet hall, richly set a wedding table, seat guests and invite a host with an entertainment program, or do not limit yourself in choosing a place, offer guests a variety of snacks, desserts, drinks and organize several zones with entertainment for every taste? We offer you with Chanfashion understand the advantages and disadvantages of the two wedding formats and finally decide what is ideal for you: a wedding banquet or a buffet!
From our article you will learn:
1. The cost of a banquet and a buffet table: what will cost more?
2. Features of the menu and food consumption: what to treat guests?
3. Decor and floristry: is there a difference in the design of a buffet table and a banquet hall?
4. Entertainment for guests: what format of the holiday is closer to your family and friends?
It’s up to you to make the final decision, and we’ll just sort it all out.
Let’s get into the definitions
Banquet — a classic feast where each of the guests has a strictly assigned place and a certain number of dishes. This format of celebrating a wedding is perfect for respectable people of traditional views, as well as those who are ready to spend more than three hours over plates and in a circle of people sitting next to them.
Buffet for a wedding — a newfangled trend, when guests are not tied to a place, they are free to choose dishes, entertainment and interlocutors as they wish. In Europe, such a democratic format is in great demand and popular. We have a significant difficulty in organizing a buffet table — to convince parents that such a “feast” will perfectly fit into the format of the holiday and no one will remain hungry.
Renting a presentable and spacious hall for a wedding banquet will result in a tidy sum for a young family. Add to this the cost of the restaurant menu, replacing each other. As well as alcohol, the amount of which on the wedding table is still commonly associated with the hospitality and generosity of the hosts of the feast.
According to statistics, most modern newlyweds refuse a festive evening just because they do not see the appropriateness of such expenses. Sometimes the banquet is more expensive than the wedding itself.
Firstly, the buffet table does not limit the choice of venue. Any indoor or outdoor space you like will do. Rent tables, book waiters and organize food transportation. Dishes can also be rented (at the rate of 2 plates, 2 glasses and 2 glasses per guest). If you don’t want to do it yourself, trust a catering agency. With any of the options, the savings in comparison with a banquet in a restaurant will be one and a half to two times.
Since the main occupation of guests at a wedding banquet is eating, the menu for such an event should be extensive. You don’t want to see someone bored over an empty plate, do you? Taking into account the duration of the feast and breaks for dancing, on average, during a banquet, 1 guest eats 1.5 kg of food. A classic banquet involves 10–15 types of cold appetizers, several hot ones, 5 types of salads, 2 to 4 types of hot main courses and desserts, fruits, ice cream. Add to that alcohol, soft drinks and water.
During a banquet, it is rarely possible to take into account the preferences of guests in dishes.
Making a menu for a buffet table is much easier than for a banquet. In snacks, it is easy to follow the preferences of guests. On average, at a buffet table, one guest eats from 0.5 to 1 kg of food, depending on the duration of the event. Dishes of the buffet menu are often small in size, it is convenient to eat them with a fork at a time (which is why this format got its name), they are light and varied.
An important point at the buffet table is the correct zoning. You can make several tables with a mix of dishes or separate tables: with meat and vegetable starters, portioned salads, sweet treats, fruits and cheese platter. Think how interesting it can be to beat the tables with alcoholic drinks and lemonade juices. A spectacular decoration of a buffet table is a champagne pyramid or a chocolate fountain.
The main accent in the design of the banquet hall are tables and chairs: their location and decor. It is customary to decorate the newlyweds’ table with luxurious compositions of flowers, ribbons, and candles. For guests, you can choose more modest floral options. The chairs are decorated with wide satin ribbons. At a banquet, you can not do without a seating plan for guests and name cards that will help everyone find their place. Take a look at our Catalog, interesting offers for wedding printing are waiting for you there;)
The design of the buffet area is an immense space for your imagination. Just imagine how a romantic tent will look, decorated with light bulbs, garlands or candles. You can make chandeliers from greenery or a soft “ribbon ceiling”.
Take care of the lounge area: sofas, pouffes, pillows will add to the overall picture of comfort; do not forget about the most comfortable relatives for guests of age.
Entertainment for guests
The format of the entertainment program of the banquet is determined exclusively by the presenter and his ideas. And the invitees are forced to communicate with those who are sitting at their table. Of course, a DJ or live music will help make the atmosphere of the banquet pleasant, and the host’s appropriate jokes will create an informal atmosphere.
The buffet includes several zones for entertainment, relaxation and communication, where guests choose their leisure time. You can organize a small stage for performances: live music (not necessarily classical) will create an atmosphere of warmth and ease. Make a themed photo zone, rent a garden swing and think over a smoking area. All sorts of master classes, tournaments and board games will be excellent entertainment at the buffet table.
Moving from one buffet area to another, guests have many points of contact, common interests and topics for conversation. And at the end of the evening, you can arrange a romantic slide show, fireworks, and the launch of flying lanterns.
Chanfashion sums up
Do you want a comfortable holiday for everyone? Think of yourself, but also consider the preferences of the guests. And if you still can’t decide on the format, Chanfashion offers a brief comparative table, which, for sure, will put everything in its place.
Nutritious and satisfying
freedom of choice
Show program with host
Thematic zones by interest
Let the choice be easy, and the holiday bright and unforgettable!