A popular trend over the last couple of years which is still going strong is the Banquet Dining option for your reception, also known as a Feasting Menu, Grazing Menu, Share Plates or Family Dining.
So what is it?
Banquet menus are served share style where guests can sample and enjoy a wide assortment of dishes. They’re served on large dishes or platters down the centre of the table, where everyone helps themselves to a variety of tasty options. (How tasty you ask? Check out the delicious ACS Feast to Share here).
Feasting Menus create a real sense of family at the table, which is fantastic in a wedding setting. It is also a great conversation point as everyone compares and discusses what they haven’t tried yet. This can be a real ice-breaker for those sitting near people they just met.
But before you rush off and start picking which heavenly morsels you’ll be serving up at your table, take a quick moment to consider how a Grazing Menu will affect your table styling. Floral or foliage garlands and heavy table styling won’t fly if you’re having a Share Plate menu, as you’ll need to allow room for the large plates to sit on the table. Although the beautifully presented food provides amazing colour and is styling enough in itself, bare in mind it won’t be placed out until later. So when you and your guests first enter your reception and when the photographer gets their styling shots, the table will be more bare than later in the night.
A Feasting Menu does provide an amazing styling opportunity however! As the meals aren’t served individually to each guest, each entree and main plate must be set on the table from the outset, so you can create amazing layering, colours and height with a stacked plate look. Check out our friends at The Supper Club for plates, cutlery and napkins that are so gorgeous they will make even your Pinterest account envious.
So now you know a little more about Banquet Menus, it’s time to decide if it’s for you and your wedding!