3 Seating Chart Considerations for Catered Maui Wedding Receptions

3 Seating Chart Considerations for Catered Maui Wedding Receptions

A catered Maui wedding reception in Lahaina with guests seated at a single table.There are only a few choices when it comes to setting up a wedding reception seating chart. Fortunately, selecting one for a catered Maui wedding reception is not much different than choosing from seating options for a wedding on the mainland. Should you use one large banquet table so everyone is seated at the same table? Or, should you choose several round tables or smaller long tables with 8 to 10 people seated at each table?

If you are using wedding food stations (chef action stations) or a self-service buffet where the caterer isn’t serving seated guests or a combination catered buffet along with interactive food stations, the wedding table arrangements and seating charts are still important and should not be left to last minute planning. Unless you are offering only passed pupus (Hawaiian hors d oeuvers) for your wedding without a seated dinner reception, you’ll still want to select wedding table seating arrangements matching the overall ambiance of your wedding style. Decisions, decisions! What to do and how do you figure out which table seating option is the best for the style of Maui wedding reception you’ve decided on? To help, quickly scan through a few tips with recommendations and advice I share with couples planning on getting married on Maui:

  1. Long Banquet Tables and Farm Tables – When a single long table with the wedding couple seated at the end along with the wedding party and wedding guest attendees ensures everyone is seated together at the same table while providing ambiance to make each wedding guest feel like they are more a part of the couple’s wedding than if the bride and groom are seated at a separate guest of honor table along with the wedding party and parents. For Oceanfront Maui wedding receptions with blue glasses, orange napkins and white linen table clothes.weddings on Maui, skipping the formal wedding tradition of seating the wedding couple separately from the guests is a frequent request especially when less than 50 attendees. Larger wedding receptions can be accommodated using a few long tables placed end to end. When the wedding attendance list is larger than what could be reasonably seated and served comfortably at a single table, seperate long tables are utilized. Regardless of using long tables, you’ll still want to decide who sits where especially if the usual family estrangements exist. While everyone hopes the divorced parents would get along or the squabbling brothers should put their differences aside for your wedding, that isn’t always reality. Instead of expecting quests to behave appropriately, we recommend couples getting married on Maui specify where guests are seated at their wedding reception instead of leaving it to chance and risking anyone feel uncomfortable or awkward. If the newlyweds would like to individually converse with each guest and personally thank them for attending their wedding on Maui, large tables can make it more difficult for quiet conversations but not impossible. Take a look at this wedding reception in Lahaina for more ideas on seating everyone at a single table. What could be more intimate than an oceanfront wedding reception with everyone enjoying dinner together seated with the bride and groom? Imagine watching a beautiful Maui sunset before sitting down to enjoy a beachfront wedding reception dinner just a few steps from the water! Include full service catering with our professional wait staff serving a customized menu matched to your preferences. Whether you decide on a catered gourmet dinner including filet and lobster tails or choose less extravagant catering menu options, everyone seated at the same table provides the ambiance for the most intimate wedding reception experience.A Lahaina beach front wedding reception dinner catered by CJs Maui in Kaanapali.
  2. Round Tables – While round tables or separate rectangular tables makes it easier for the bride and groom to share a few minutes of time with each guest to thank them for attending their wedding on Maui, the overall ambiance isn’t always as intimate for the guests as it would be if everyone is seated at the same table. If you decide to stick with a traditional wedding seating plan using A Kaanapali beach wedding reception at the Outrigger Eldorado cabana.round tables for the wedding reception guests, many destination wedding couples will choose to seat themselves at a rectangular long table facing the wedding reception and their invited guests while the guests are seated at round tables. Doing so allows the wedding couple to enjoy viewing the entire wedding reception and their invited guests. Choosing to seat the wedding party along with parents at the host table is also something you’ll need to decide on. Dependent on the size of the wedding party, we often recommend seating the wedding party and parents at guest of honor tables arranged at the front of the reception area but not necessarily seated at the same table as the wedding couple. Various sizes of round tables are available ranging from 36 inches for seating 4 through 72 inches for seating up to 10 guests.A catered beach wedding reception in Lahaina at the White House private estate.
  3. Wedding Food Stations – With growing popularity, wedding food stations on Maui are being requested more often and for good reasons! This Chef Jorgensen serving guests at Maui wedding food stations.affordable wedding catering option provides a feeling of personal service as guests have the most opportunity to interact with the chef preparing each course of their dinner as they watch. Guests love being able to ask the chef questions about the preparation techniques or the fresh local Maui ingredients being utilized in their dish. Though the guests will be serving themselves, most couples still want to provide their quests with tables and seating for their reception dinner. For both self-service catered buffets and wedding food stations, we recommend leaving plenty of room for guests to easily get up to serve themselves from a catered buffet or wedding food stations. Round tables, rectangular tables or a combination will easily accommodate space needs for guests to move about the reception and may provide the most flexibility for the couple getting married to share time with individual wedding guests the way they want to. If you aren’t hosting a dinner for the wedding reception, you’ll still want to provide a few tall ‘high-boy’ tables so guests aren’t left to hold their food plates.

Whatever choices you make regarding wedding seating arrangements with seating charts, you can count on us for expert wedding planning and catering advice or for help finding the best wedding service professionals or wedding equipment rentals on Maui. We only work with professional wedding service providers who have proven to be reliable and experienced for wedding An image of a Maui wedding cupcake tree topped with a small wedding cake.cakes or any other components of the wedding we don’t directly supply as part of our Maui catering services. Ask for our personal recommendations and we’ll put you in touch with suppliers for wedding flowers, wedding officiates, wedding coordinators on Maui or we can make all the arrangements on your behalf. We don’t mark up or charge extra fees for introductions to professional service providers!

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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.


Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit