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Serving your reception meal buffet-style has its pros and cons, notes Confetti Radio host Debbie Quain: “The upside is that guests get to mingle at the buffet tables, and sample a variety of dishes to boot. The downside is that long lines often form at the tables, which is something I absolutely hate to see. There’s no elegance to that. Another minus is that it’s harder for the caterer to control the portions, because you don’t know which dishes will be more popular. The best way to eliminate long lines is to release the tables one by one. But don’t make an announcement over the PA system. Just walk over to each table and tell them, ‘You’re invited to go to the buffet now.’”
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