While we always love a classic and elegant seated dinner, we really adore the micro or small plate reception trend right now! Having a small plate reception allows you to serve a wide variety of foods, giving your guests the opportunity to sample whatever offerings they choose.
Typically, the small plates, which boast about three or four bites of a petite full meal, are offered at stations throughout the room. Less structured than a formal dinner, the micro plate meal concept is great for a cocktail reception or for a celebration where dancing will be the focus. Another perk to the small plate reception is the avoidance of buffet lines as guests just walk up to the station and grab an already-prepared plate! This format is also a creative and impressive way to incorporate foods from multiple cultures and to ensure that you serve something for everyone. Couples tend to select anywhere between six and nine of these complete mini-meals to present a delicious smorgasbord of fun and memorable food to their guests to savor.
Many caterers and venues are embracing this exciting alternative that give the bride and groom endless options for their wedding reception meal. Talk with your caterer to explore if this idea is right for your wedding day. Happy planning!