(Closed) Tapas vs Buffet

posted 10 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which reception style do you prefer?
    Sit-down dinner : (2 votes)
    11 %
    Tapas : (8 votes)
    42 %
    Buffet : (9 votes)
    47 %
  • Post # 3
    14183 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Mmmm tapas are fun! I’m not real sure how it works except they are smaller plates. I think if you are not doing a tyupical wedding reception it will fit in nicely. Tapas might get How would tapas be served? I think it’d be cool if it was like at the Dim Sum restaurants where a cart comes by and you go "ooo i want this and this and this" but you might need a lot of servers. THen again, if you’re cutting out things like a DJ and some other traditional (read expensive) things you could easily afford that. 

    Post # 4
    596 posts
    Busy bee

    If you want to do something unique, I think tapas would be fun!  Just a few things to think about – how would you serve them?  Would you have serving station where people help themselves or would you have a wait staff to pass them out on trays?  Also, I think for this style of reception, it’s common to have a couple of tall and short tables scattered throughout the room and perhaps no assigned seating, so that people can feel free to mingle and graze and make their way around the room through the night.

    I love tapas – my only hesitation is the seating arrangement.  Without a permanent "seat", it means that female guests are juggling their purse, their wrap, their plate, and their drink as they try to wander around the room.  This is always my dilemma during wedding cocktail hours.  I always end up picking off my husband’s plate or sharing a drink with him so that I have less things to juggle.  Of course, they can always just put their things down at a table to reserve their spot so perhaps you could do place cards for assigned tables.

    Post # 6
    601 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    We had a tapas reception, and it worked out great!

    We had tall bar round tables for people to stand at and we regular tables set out in the garden too.  There was a buffet of tapas set out AND the wait staff circulated with trays too.  There was a nice mixture of food- we were really able to showcase more regional cuisine with the tapas then if we had a sit down dinner.

    It went over really well!! 

    Post # 7
    229 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I voted for buffet, only because for me, tapas and/or food station type of receptions can lead to a disaster when I am drinking!  Here’s what happens to me–I get a drink, get caught up talking too much, and then never make my way to all the food stations or grab enough to eat from passed appetizer trays.  Or if I grab something while I am standing, I only have two hands, and with a drink in one hand and a plate in the other, I have no way to get the food into my mouth, which of course continues to gab all night long.  One thing I am always SURE to replace, though, is my drink… so by the end of the night, I have had like five drinks and only five bites of food!  I know, I know, the obvious solution is to stop drinking so much!  But I never do, and then I am totally drunk–no good. 

    So for me, buffets and/or sit-down style dinners work better.  Perhaps you don’t have any drunkies like me in your crowd and that won’t be a problem though… if that’s the case, I vote tapas!  They can be so chic, and you can provide a wide variety of plates to try, as beesknees pointed out, which I love!

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