Help with cuisine at Indian American fusion wedding?

posted 1 year ago in Food
Post # 2
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I think either option 1 or option 2. It might be a bit weird to have half plated, half buffet. I think it would be better to either serve plated meals to everyone or buffet for everyone. Personally I think option one would be best. Maybe sit down and look at your guest list and try to figure out the numbers?

Post # 3
712 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

I agree do option 1 or 2. I’m doing a buffet I think it’s becoming more common to do buffet at weddings. A lot of venues it’s actually cheaper then doing plated food. My suggestion if you do a buffet have cards that explain what’s in the food so more people try it. 

Post # 4
4483 posts
Honey bee

Buffets are actually incredibly common.  The U.S. isn’t known for being exactly the healthiest country in the world- not that many people are turning their noses up at buffets.  It sounds like your information is coming solely from the view point of someone who hates them.  Do some people hate them?  Sure.  Some people also prefer them and hate plated dinners.  Just pick one.  This isn’t that big of a deal.  People will adjust to one or the other for one night.

Cost:  it depends on the caterer.  Sometimes buffets are more because they make more food to account that people are serving themselves and usually take more than a proper serving.  Sometimes plated is more because it requires more labor to make individual plates and you need more waitstaff for table service than buffet service.  You aren’t going to find a standard answer.   It depends on the caterer, how many guests, how many different food options you have, how labor intensive everything is, the type of food (300 plates of filet and lobster will be more  expensive than three buffet chafing pans of chana dal), etc.  

I also don’t understand what you mean when you say you have to have American food.  The U.S. is a diverse place with hundreds of nationalities and traditions.  Do you mean you have to serve hamburgers and Apple pie?  We’re known for junk food and having crappier chocolate than everywhere else in the world, so Cheetos and Hershey bars?  

Anyone who hates Indian food is probably going to object no matter what because the main complaint from everyone I know who does is that it “smells” and they don’t like being in the same room with it because they claim it “stinks up” the whole place.  So what they are basically saying is they don’t like food that is fragrant with a lot of spices and they object to being in the same room with it.  So having half and half ain’t going to fix that problem.  Meanwhile, every picky eater I know who claims to hate Indian food also happily chows down on tandoori chicken, basmati rice, and naan.  Every culture has some version of baked or grilled chicken and rice and bread so this isn’t a stretch for them.  Serve it with a vegetable and you have a full meal that isn’t that different from your standard chicken dish on every wedding menu.

Post # 5
1283 posts
Bumble bee

I’d say option 2. I’ve only ever been to buffet weddings and there has never been any excessive queuing. This would give everyone a chance to try something new and easiest to organise.

Post # 7
1838 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’d go with buffet or family style. I was going to suggest family style before you mentioned it actually. When we were planning, we originally wanted family style. But, the caterers didn’t seem to love it, and it was definitely more expensive. You may find caterers who are more open to it. 

Am I understanding correctly that you will be having two caterers? The standard one and the Indian one? In that case I would definitely do buffet for the ease of them coming in and setting it up and having it look consistent. 

Like a PP said, I would definitely have little cards on the buffet that show the name of the dish, if it is spicy or not, as well as vegetarian and gluten free. 

Post # 8
3212 posts
Sugar bee

I did family style with a mix of food from both our ethnicities, and it was a huge hit. It was also less expensive than a buffet and encouraged more interaction among the guests.

Post # 9
3736 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

A friend of mine did Indian/American fusion too. She did stations of Indian food appetizers for cocktail hour and a buffet of more American style foods for dinner. I thought it was a great way to try some fooda I’d never tried before. Buffets here are very common. I’ve actually never been to a wedding that didnt have a buffet. 

Post # 10
1364 posts
Bumble bee

cerulean384 :  I was going to suggest family style and then I saw your update where you hit on it yourself.  Family style is my preferred dinner service in general.  It’s also a good solution to your particular goals & having a mom very against buffets.  

Family style gets my vote.  

Post # 11
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We had family style at our wedding (with very varied cuisines) and it was a great success 🙂

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