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Wedding Reception: Sit-Down Dinner vs. a Buffet

 Photography by  Michelle Kujawski Photography  , Floral design by  Modern Bloom

Photography by Michelle Kujawski Photography , Floral design by Modern Bloom

For decades, food options for American weddings have remained relatively unchanged. Traditionally, most dinner entrées have been limited to beef, chicken or fish, offered buffet-style or served platted at wedding receptions.

Today, expectations are higher. Grazing stations, pizza bars, interactive culinary kiosks, and other unconventional options have forever changed wedding food norms. While, traditional, sit-down dinners at wedding receptions have been enhanced with customized decor, such as burlap table runners, beaded chargers, pinecone place card holders, wooden table numbers, and tea length menus.

 Wooden Table Number. Photography by  Michelle Kujawski Photography  , Floral design by  Modern Bloom

Wooden Table Number. Photography by Michelle Kujawski Photography , Floral design by Modern Bloom

 Golden wedding Tablescape by Modern Bloom. Photo by  Artist Group Photography

Golden wedding Tablescape by Modern Bloom. Photo by Artist Group Photography

 Photo by  Happy Gnome Photography , Floral and decor by  Modern Bloom

Photo by Happy Gnome Photography, Floral and decor by Modern Bloom

Whether you are planning a wedding for 300 or 30, there are no rules on how to serve your guests. Ultimately, the layout of the wedding venue you select will be a determining factor when planning your wedding food.

“A small group doesn’t have to mean small assortments,” says Kristy Kimball, owner and creative director of Chivaree on Park and Modern Bloom, “Couples hosting gatherings can opt for food stations, and use the layout of our upper and lower levels to control the flow of the party.”

 Wedding table floral by  Modern Bloom

Wedding table floral by Modern Bloom

 Photography by  Michelle Kujawski Photography  , Floral design by  Modern Bloom

Photography by Michelle Kujawski Photography , Floral design by Modern Bloom

wedding desert table

At Chivaree on Park couples have the unique advantage of having exclusive use of the entire banquet hall on their wedding day. With full, onsite catering provided by Valenti’s Catering, our historic wedding venue offers two-levels of versatile event space, and numerous options for weddings and events of any size. We strive for each couple to enjoy their day made as unique as they are.

When opting for food stations as an alternative to sit-down meals at wedding receptions, couples are afforded the option to invite even more guests as seating isn’t an issue. Food stations can also help to encourage guest socialization and control the flow of your event.

Reinvented with vintage-glam decor, Chivaree on Park’s ambiance is perfect for cocktail receptions, sit down dinners, serving stations of main fare, and desert bars. Late night grazing options are offered, while guests dance the night away atop the maple dance floor. The staff at Chivaree on Park is here to customize for your wedding day.

 Appetizers at Chivaree on Park.

Appetizers at Chivaree on Park.

 Guests gather in upper-level bar at Chivaree on Park

Guests gather in upper-level bar at Chivaree on Park

If you're planning on a formal social event or wedding reception, Chivaree on Park’s spacious Grand Ballroom is perfect for sit-down, platted wedding meals. The built-in stage with plush velvet curtains is ideal for wedding ceremonies and bridal party tables.

Couples hosting more intimate gatherings can make their smaller guest list count with an elaborate sit-down meal, larger floral centerpieces and décor elements. Our on-site floral designers will work with you to create stunning and vibrant floral that complement your wedding theme, exceed your vision, and blend flawlessly with our newly renovated, industrial glam interior. 

 
 Wedding Cake Table at Chivaree on Park. Photo by  Dean’s Photography

Wedding Cake Table at Chivaree on Park. Photo by Dean’s Photography

 
 1920s-Themed Anniversary Party at Chivaree on Park

1920s-Themed Anniversary Party at Chivaree on Park

 Wedding at Chivaree on Park. Photo by  Dean’s Photography

Wedding at Chivaree on Park. Photo by Dean’s Photography

Whether you are planning an event for 50 or 500, Chivaree on Park’s accomplished team of on-site caterers, floral designers, and wedding planning coordinators will help you create an epicurean experience that is unparalleled for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration, baby shower, birthday, fundraiser or charity ball, company Christmas party or wedding reception.

Are you looking for a Southeastern Wisconsin banquet hall or wedding venue for your upcoming event ? Perfect! We’d love to meet you and help you customize your event or wedding!