Buffet or family style?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2383 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@codysgirl16:  First off, awesome menu! Second, I like your idea at the end of serving all the sides family style but the meat at the buffet. Then people could run up to the buffet for the meat without having a huge plate to carry back to their table. 

Post # 4
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m NOT a fan of family-style… the plates are too heavy and it can be awkward…I’ve even seen ppl spill food on the person next to them when passing a plate. I vote buffet! 

Post # 5
1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Buffet sounds awesome. It sounds like a laidback, fun reception, and getting up to choose whatever food you want when you want would be perfect. It would foster some mingling and socialization, and your guests won’t feel like they’re tethered to the table. 

Your menu sounds great, btw, I really wanted a BBQ reception, but it wouldn’t have worked in late November where I live 🙁

Post # 6
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m a family style person.  I won’t get into the anti-buffet rationale (as it’s been overdone in previous posts).  I also like that your guests can help themselves to the smoked meats at the smoker, kinda like a station.  Those who just want meat or seconds of meat don’t have to wait ini a full long line just for that one item.  I’m so glad it’s dinner time as you’ve made my very hungry!

Post # 8
478 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Before we ended up choosing a cocktail reception, I was firmly pushing for family style (over the alternatives of buffet and plated). Just something so cozy about it, plus, no lines! I hate lines.

Post # 9
5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

That’s sounds so yummy. Darn, I only have salad for lunch and now I’m so hungry!!

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