(Closed) How many main dishes should I have in our wedding reception buffet?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 5
Member
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would definitely pare down the options and go with some cohesion. These are a little too eclectic. My advice for a buffet is to pick a style of food and run with it. There is a lot of variety in Italian food or Mexican food.

Where is the reception being held?

Evening or afternoon?

How formal?

These are also important questions for deciding on food.

Post # 6
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1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would pick two (or no more than 3) main dishes – one that is meat based and one that is vegetarian based.  I would have them somehow related though (same theme, like Mexican food).  

 

 

Post # 7
Bee
12389 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

I think 3 main dishes is plenty.  Do you have any guests with dietary needs (gluten free, kosher, veggie, vegan?).  I think it’s generally a good idea to offer at least one vegetarian choice.

Post # 9
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2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would say that this isn’t really a time for “here is a bunch of stuff I like” planning. Unless you are going for a more casual pot-luck feel, in which case go for it.

Have you talked to the caterer for suggestions?

Post # 11
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think 3 choices would be enough as long as you have something that vegetarians could eat.  Any more than 3 would probably be hard for people to try everything and it might also take a lot more work for your family to cook.

Post # 12
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331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you do mexican and italian, I’d do two food stations (like two small buffets), one with each, that way its a little more cohesive.

Post # 14
Bee
12389 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

I think that sounds great!

Post # 15
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413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think dividing it into different stations is a GREAT idea! I have never heard of this before but it definitely would solve the problem of you wanting your favorites and your FH wanting his. I say why cant there be both there should be no rules when it comes to your wedding day whatever makes the couple happy. Smile

Post # 16
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4485 posts
Honey bee

Most buffets have at least 2 main dish options. 3 is considered generous. At the same time, there are some caterers who only give 1 main dish option, which defeats the purpose of serving a buffet. If you want a combination of your favorite foods, whether they “go together” or not, you have every right to do so.

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