The venue we are using does all their own catering, food is amazing, I have been going there since I was young. My family loves food and there is nobody with dietary restrictions (this includes no vegetarians), his family is very meat and potatoes as he is from a farming family. Their main option for dinner is a two entree with salad, starch, rolls, and three additional sides, we can cut this down to one entree and save money (but yes, we can afford the two as well). Another option I have been playing with is something a little more interactive: five hors d'oeurves (they charge per person, need to find out how much that includes), a mashed potato martini station, carving station, salad, rolls, and seasonal veggies. My question is, for an evening wedding reception would you find this fun to mingle and get a bigger variety, or would it be safer to go with the typical plated or buffet style dinner with one or two entrees?
More info: hors d'oeurves can include heavier options such as brie en croute, crab cakes, buffalo wings etc.