I'm having a hard time deciding if it's worth it to pay an extra $6 per person to upgrade to a FULL plated meal instead of having 2 out of 6 courses served as "French style" (where the waiter plates your food at your table). I'm not really sure why the venue just doesn't do it for these 2 courses, but I'm wondering if it'll look odd that 60% is plated, 40% is French.
Here's our menu: (P=PLATED, F= FRENCH SERVICE)
(1) various bite sized appetizers (P)
(2) French Onion Soup (P)
(3) Salmon with rice and a bowl of salad per table (F)
(4) Lemon Intermezzo (P)
(5) ribeye steak with potatoes and veggies (F)
(6) Wedding cake (P)
So basically only #3 and #5 are not plated.
We have around 260 adults, 11 teens, and 30 kids on our guest list, so that's a total of around 300 people. If we were to pay $6pp, it would have to also include the tax and gratuity, so it would be more like $7.60pp multiplied by around 300 people = $2280ish.
I think that's kind of a lot to spend on plating 2 courses, but as I said, I'm a bit worried that it might look odd and was thinking that if that's a possibility then I could try negotiating with the venue. On the other hand, I'm thinking that I'm likely overthinking this and it might not be that big of a deal.
Thoughts? What would you feel like/thing of it as a bride and/or guest?
Thanks a lot!