(Closed) Buffet or sit-down?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1251 posts
Bumble bee

I would just do it buffet style, but I live in the midwest, so buffets are pretty common here. I prefer them just because I can actually take the quantities that I want, the foods that I want, and I don’t have to waste tons of food. 


Post # 4
502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would do[and did]  buffet style too. Less of a hassle for something that will literally last a full five minutes. Sorry not to have any suggestions for family style logistics. 

Post # 5
10363 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Unless you have the world’s largest tables, i’m not really sure how family-style would work. Tables that big would also make conversation difficult. Also, do you have the man-power to re-plate all of that for the individual tables while keeping it warm? You won’t be able to do any of that yourself, so that’s a huge concern. I personally really like buffets, I think you’d be fine with that! Save your sanity for other things!

Post # 6
10285 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I much prefer sit down to buffets but for your situation, it seems like a buffet would be the most cost effective. 

Post # 7
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t know if you could fit all that on your 10 person round tables.  I would do a buffet for your situation, most especially since you don’t have servers.

Post # 9
47203 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Normally for a 9 course Chinese meal you would have only one serving plate on each table for each course.

You would need one person to plate up each course onto the serving plates, servers to carry the plates to the tables and clear the tables.

Because there are so many courses, there is normally only one portion of each course for each person on the serving plates so they can be cleared almost immediately.

The rest of the courses would stay in the kitchen presumably in the large pans on warmers that the restaurant would provide, or you would rent.

Post # 10
987 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I much prefer sit-down.  I find buffets clumsy. 

Post # 11
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

@julies1949: That’s a great idea.  I was forgetting that you’d only need one serving bowl for one course….. that might be better then buffet 

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