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The Top 5 Menu Styles for your Wedding in Greece

The Top 5 Menu Styles for your Wedding in Greece

Delicious wedding reception buffet

All weddings are essentially a wonderful celebration of love. So… when it comes to planning your special day in Greece, one of the big decisions you need to make is about the most important element of any great celebration – the food!

But what is the best serving style for your special moments? The style of your wedding menu will have a big effect on the overall feel and cost of the whole day and wedding reception. Yes, as destination wedding planners in Greece, we get it; the variety of options can be a little overwhelming… That’s why we’ve got you covered: let’s find out the pros and cons of the top 5 menu styles for your wedding in Greece.

 

  1. The Seated or Plated Style

 

Served menu table for your wedding in Greece

                                                               Served menu table for your wedding in Greece

If you are dreaming of a formal, elegant and traditional reception, then this classic option is ideal for you.

Have a look at it:

This is the format closest to a restaurant experience; the meal consists of multiple courses, and guests are usually served three courses: appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Caterers usually give guests a choice of 2 or 3 entrées.

seated menu wedding Greece

                                                               Seated menu wedding dinner

The good news:

You can spread out all the activities of your big day (like dances or toasts) between courses to keep your guests engaged and entertained.

What about the cons?

Well, this style of menu is a costlier option as it requires more servers. In addition, if you have invited a lot of picky eaters, there’s a chance they may not eat everything on their plate.

 

  1. The Family Style

A family style menu is a far more casual and relaxed alternative. It certainly feels very intimate; if this aligns with your wedding vision, then a family style menu might be the perfect option for you!

Wedding catering family style table

                                                         Wedding catering family style table

Have a look at it:

Shared platters of food are placed in the middle of each table, and your guests pass the dishes around and fill their own plates; it’s basically like a family dinner at home but on a much larger scale!

The good news:

This menu service style naturally encourages conversation between guests. It can be a great way to get people mingling throughout dinner and breaking the ice!

wedding table in Athens Greece

What about the cons?

If you are going for a more formal vibe, a home-style meal may not be the way to go. With guests serving themselves, don’t expect your tables to remain in an impeccable condition! And don’t forget the tables; you need to make sure your tables are wide enough for the shared platters of food.

 

  1. The Stations Style

food station for wedding reception greece

Food stations have recently become very popular for wedding receptions in Greece!

 

Have a look at it:

This style consists of various stations set up around the room such as a carving station, a pasta station, a dessert station, an ice cream cart

wedding ice cream cart

The good news:

Your guests will appreciate the wide variety of dishes and the interactive element; this menu style allows interaction between guests and chefs, which can create a dynamic atmosphere – ideal for foodies! You can even embrace totally modern options like food trucks, a wood-fired pizza oven or a Greek station.

 

What about the cons?

Your wedding reception venue will need ample for the extra space that stations require. In addition, you may have increased food costs because your caterer will need to make extra food to ensure nothing runs out.

 

  1. The Buffet Style

Greek wedding buffet in Reception

All wedding planners agree on that: buffets create a very relaxed atmosphere, which is great for a rustic style celebration!

Have a look at it:

Guests head over to a buffet location and fill up their plates to take back to their table, going back and forth as often as they like.

family style wedding table

The good news:

The biggest benefit of a buffet is that there’s something for everyone! It’s a great way for guests to try a little bit of everything. Buffets make it easier to provide guests with a variety of choices, which is helpful since many people have so many types of allergies and dietary restrictions. Buffet-style service also promotes mingling. Last but not least, a buffet is usually the least expensive option.

 

What about the cons?

This is definitely the least glamorous menu style. Guests have to serve themselves and carry their own plates, which may not be as elegant and sophisticated as you would like. If you don’t like the idea of guests waiting in queues, then this menu option is probably not suited for you.

 

  1. The Hors d’oeuvres or Cocktail Style

 

If you have a smaller venue, the hors d’oeuvres style menu may be a good fit. This reception style is a good choice for couples wanting a more casual atmosphere and for their guests to really meet each other.

Cocktail Style wedding dinner Greece

                                            Cocktail Style wedding dinner Greece

Have a look at it:

Instead of serving a full meal, your caterers provide hot and/or cold hors d’oeuvres.

Waiter carrying plates with meat dish on wedding reception Greece

                                        Hors d’oeuvres wedding reception Greece

The good news:

A cocktail-style menu means that your guests have the option to try various, different foods without the flow of the evening being interrupted. Your guests won’t have to spend hours waiting for others to finish their meals before the next course is served, or line up in queues!

 

What about the cons?

While your food costs might be lower, your guests will likely drink more, so your liquor costs might go up.

catering services background with snacks and food in wedding reception greece

* Extra Tip: The Greek Element

 

A great idea is to make the location of your destination wedding in Greece an interesting part of the menu, using local treats as little gifts for your guests. They can be put on or next to the plates of your guests and they will certainly be a welcome surprise for all! Your wedding planner in Greece will be more than happy to work side by side with you on this.

 

* Extra Tip: The Dessert Guide

wedding desert table greece

Whichever menu style you choose, think about the dessert too! Along with the wedding cake, you can include a candy buffet, a chocolate fountain with various fruits, waffles, and whipped cream, or even an espresso bar… the options are endless!

Candy bar in Athens wedding Greece

* Extra Tip: The Seating Chart

Bear in mind that if you invite a lot of guests, setting up a seating chart can also be a tricky task. Accept that you may not be able to please everyone, don’t get stressed, and let your wedding planner find the best solutions!

In a nutshell, all the menu styles have their pros and cons. So… it really comes down to what is best for you and the wedding venue you have chosen. There’s only one way to know for sure if the style you prefer is going to work within your requirements and budget – just ask our wedding planning team! Let us know your thoughts so that we can help you have the wedding you have dreamed of. Contact our wedding planning team in Greece now at info@weddingingreece.com.