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Speaking of food, it is no surprise that it is involved in any Filipino event, especially in weddings. It is known that Filipinos have always considered eating as one of the greatest pleasures in life which meant that any celebration, may it be an exchange of vows between a new couple, would always entail a table full of delicious food. Whether it is the usual cake-ice-cream-spaghetti menu or whether it is something copied off a famous restaurant’s menu, Filipinos would never fail to gather round and enjoy the blessings of food they received.
With that being said, this question now comes into the couple’s minds: how will they serve the food to their guests? Two styles have been popular recently, which are the buffet and the family-style. What are the pros and cons of each?
In a buffet, food is typically served in chafing dishes or on platters made of either ceramic or glass. These platters are then placed on banquet tables and guests walk along either side of it to help themselves to the food. It is also an option to have staff at each dish to help the guests. Buffets may be scaled up or down to match the formality of the wedding but they lend a much more informal feel compared to family style meals. They are best for informal wedding receptions or when the couple is on a tighter budget.
Pros: Buffets enable the couple to offer their guests with a large variety of food in sizable amounts. With this service style, the last thing that can happen is for the guests to go home hungry. Unlike in a plated meal where the guests may not like the served food, they can simply stand up and choose something else to eat. Buffets also encourage the guests to be mobile, giving them opportunities to mingle with each other. If the couple does not have an assigned seating or are tight on space, buffets are a perfect option since not all of the guests will be seated at the same time.
Cons: This service style can get hectic especially if too many people stand up to get food at once. The staff and wedding planner can avoid chaos and keep lines at a minimum by only having a few tables get up at a time. Another problem that can be encountered is having too much or too little food. No portion control is implemented when the guests are filling their plates and there is no way to know how hungry each person will be. For this reason, buffet food must be over-ordered because it is better to have extra than not enough.
The family style of serving has gained a lot of popularity in the recent years because it is informal compared to a plated meal yet more formal than a buffet. Here, waiters will bring the food to the table in large serving dishes and these will be passed around for each person to serve their own plate. If the guests want more food, the waiters can simply refill the dishes whenever they are running low. A family style meal is perfect for a chic yet casual and comfortable reception. This is also a great idea for a couple who plan to do something a little bout of thee ordinary since family style is still a fairly new concept.
Pros: Family style encourages the guests to interact. It also creates a warm and inviting atmosphere while allowing them to sit back and relax at the table. Like a buffet, the guests can help themselves to as much or as little of each dish but it must be kept in mind that there should be more than enough food to ensure that everyone will be able to have seconds.
Cons: The guests will be passing large platters of food around their table, which means family style meals have a huge potential to get very messy. Like with the buffet, the amount of food is also an issue in this serving style.
Whatever style the couple chooses in serving the food, the most important thing is to keep the guests full and happy. They took the time and effort to attend their loved ones’ most special day so the least a couple can do is serve delicious food as their way of showing gratitude to those who were present during their wedding.