(Closed) Can we be Food Station Nazis?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Uhhhm no ???? That is why people have buffets so there is a range of food to choose from. i wont know whats at that station until i get there and might not like it. We understood when we decided to have a buffet that everyone likes to try everything. If you need to cut portions due to  cost then reduce the stations

Post # 5
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3143 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Maybe you can say in order for everyone to be served in an orderly fashion please choose alternate stations to begin your meal selections ? Before you move onto the next station 

Post # 6
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443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

How many people are you inviting? Maybe just have more than one buffet station or consider serving family style? I kind of agree with the pp – it may get awkward telling people what they can/can’t do.

Post # 7
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653 posts
Busy bee

@clairebbbear:  can you invite me to your wedding please? The buffet sounds really good haha.

80-100 isn’t too bad for a buffet queue. I bet most people will line up at the Asian station though lol 

Post # 8
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2501 posts
Sugar bee

@clairebbbear:  Have you sent out your invitations yet? If not, maybe you can have guests choose a station (instead of an entree choice). Then you can attach meal tickets to escort/place cards, and guests can travel to the station they chose. I think giving your guests a choice is better than telling them what they can’t eat.

Post # 10
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443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My bad! I missed the 80- 100 people bit. 2 stations should serve everyone fairly quickly just don’t call everyone up at the same time.

Post # 12
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3041 posts
Sugar bee

@clairebbbear:  I think telling your guests how to eat is a bit weird but I’m not sure if it is just that I hate being told what to do in general 🙂

my only comment is that I think Italian will be the most popular over Asian. Or maybe the caterer told you that asian is? 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@clairebbbear:  i know its 4 different food stations but with a normal buffet 2 serving stations would suffice. I understand from a cost perspective not wanting to pay for 80-100 x 4 but what then happens if every one wants italian that night but they can’t have? I do like @somethingaquamarine‘s idea though about getting people’s preference.

As far as who goes 1st, even if you do not have allocated seating maybe still do table numbers?  

Post # 14
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227 posts
Helper bee

I would be put off by being told to only go to one station first. Like someone else said, the idea of food stations/buffets is to have a range of things to put on your plate. If I couldn’t decide between Italian and sushi, I’d probably go to both regardless of what I was told to do. 

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper

It’s a wedding and not a rodeo so I think you can trust that guests will calmly visit the buffet especially if there are four stations.

Maybe think about how and where the stations are set up. If there are two on each side of the room then it will be less congested and some guests may choose to skip the other side until/if they go up for seconds.

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