(Closed) Family style or buffet for restaurant reception?? Open bar?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Family style or Buffet? How's my open bar estimate, in your experience?
    Family style : (13 votes)
    37 %
    Buffet : (5 votes)
    14 %
    Neither, try looking for another place : (3 votes)
    9 %
    Overestimating for open bar : (2 votes)
    6 %
    Right on for open bar : (7 votes)
    20 %
    Underestimating for open bar : (5 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    7557 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I would do family style so no one has to wait. If you’re not into decorating, no problem! The tables will be full of food anyways. 

    Is it just a dinner? I would say most people will probably have 1 or 2 drinks. If there’s dancing or something afterwards, maybe 3. Here’s a drink calculator – 

    http://www.evite.com/pages/party/drink-calculator.jsp’ defer=’defer

    Post # 5
    1418 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Personally, I am not a buffet fan at all – especially in formal wear. I used to work at a restaurant and they did family style parties – but the waiters still served each guest from the larger plate. Maybe you can ask them to do this so it will be a bit more formal than guests serving themselves??

    Post # 7
    635 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I would do family style myself. It would go much more quickly than a buffet. 

    For the drinks, could you do a certain number of bottles of wine for each table? That way you can know ahead of time how much your bar tab will be.

    If a set number of bottles aren’t possible, then it’s much harder to estimate. Will you have dancing? How long is your reception? Are your guests drinkers? 

    Post # 9
    635 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Ah, well wine doesn’t work nearly as well. For 3 1/2 hours, I’d budget for 4 drinks a person. I’ve heard to assume 2 drinks the first hour and 1 drink for each hour after that. It might be different for a restaurant reception, but I personally would rather err on the side of over budgeting. 

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