Congratulations, you’re engaged, now the fun begins! Once you choose a venue, the next hardest decision to make is whether to have a sit-down formal style dinner or a buffet. They are different feels, and the one that is right for you depends on your personal preferences and what type of ambiance you want to create. The key to making the right decision for your wedding dinner in Augusta is to consider how you want your guests to interact and the liberty you give them to decide for themselves.

A Formal Sit-Down Dinner

A formal sit-down dinner is a way to have more control over where your guests sit and when they eat. A formal sit-down has a one-size-fits-all plate for each of your guests. Usually coming in courses, the dinner is brought directly to the table, and everyone has an assigned seat. If you have a whole lot of people who don’t know one another, a sit-down dinner is a great way to get people to socialize who might not otherwise. But it also gives them less freedom to choose where they want to sit. Since the dinner portion is a considerable amount of time, assigning seats can be fraught with a whole lot of anxiety for the planner.

A Buffet Dinner

A buffet dinner is usually considered less formal. But that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Since you can still dress the table up the way you want, you can make your dinner just as elegant. When you allow people to get their own food, there is less waste, and it gives guests more control over what they want to eat. A buffet style dinner also gives guests more liberty to sit with people they want to and catch up with old friends. It can also be a great way to get people to interact. Since there is no “set” time to sit and eat, dinner can extend for a bit longer. But you don’t have a formal start and finish, so people can enjoy a meal at their own pace.

Which One is Right for Your Wedding Dinner in Augusta?

There is no right or wrong choice; it really depends on what you want to serve and the ambiance that you want to create. A sit-down dinner isn’t always more “formal” feeling. If you dress up a buffet, it can be just as elegant! Catering by the Deft Chef can turn any meal into an event. Whichever style you choose, we can accommodate your needs and make it just the way that you dream of. So, don’t assume you have to do it one way, the choice is yours. And we will help you make the right one for your big day. Contact us today to reserve your date for the upcoming year before someone else does! 

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