Post # 1
I’m Indian (& a vegetarian) and my fiancee is American (Russian). For our reception, we are planning on having two cuisines – Indian and American. Since I’m on a budget, I had originally thought of doing two buffets for both cuisines but now I’m not so sure that is the best way to go. I was also thinking of having a smaller menu with sit down dinner with a waiter but I’m not sure if everyone will get to try both cuisines if they want. I’ve also heard of family style service, anyone have any experience with this? Any suggestions on options for feeding 175 people two cuisines??
Post # 3
we are doing family style – they bring several different entrees, sides, etc to the table. Guests choose what they want, as much as they want.
It’s like Thanksgiving.
Post # 4
I vote buffet. We did dueling buffets of mexican food and chinese food (not for cultural reasons, we’re both white as rice— we just really like mexican and chinese food) and it was a HUGE hit. I still have people telling me 18 mo later it was the best dinner they’ve had at a wedding. I think people like to pick and choose for themselves and a buffet would probably give them more options to do that at a lower cost.
Post # 5
I am Indian (although not vegetarian) and my fiance is American. We’re only serving Indian food for the reception, so I’m not sure if I have any idea of how to combine the two food. A buffet would certainly be the cheapest alternative. I’m not sure how you would combine a plated Indian meal (which I’m assuming would be served thali style – that’s the only way I’ve seen it) with non-Indian food besides like, salad or something. If you are getting your food through a catering outfit (like we are doing) they might have some ideas for you. If you are doing what most Indian people do and contract through a restaurant, I imagine that will be very difficult.
We are doing family style service for our Indian food though! We could have probaby added a few non-Indian dishes but fiance loves Indian food so we didn’t feel like it was necessary. We have 5 dishes (one chicken) and then rice, naan, raita, pickles, etc. We liked the idea because we thought it brought the elegance of a plated meal with the convenience of being able to take what they like of a buffet. Once a dish is empty, it wil be refilled. It’s more expensive than a buffet – although you get less choices, but it’s cheaper than plated. I’ve never been to an Indian wedding with family style service so I’m not sure how it will work, but we have a pretty great catering house taking care of it so I feel good about it!