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How does a taco bar work? Is it catered? A buffet? I've never seen one and it sounds good!

I have a question about our reception and I'm hoping I can get some good ideas from anyone creative out there. We have 106 people who have accepted the invitation to our Wedding Fiesta. The only people invited (and who are coming) are people that we have an active relationships with, so for example, family just because you are family were not necessarily invited. Family that reaches out and emails or calls even once every two months was invited (that's what we meant by "having an active relationship"). Because of the guidelines of who we invited I thought it would be fund to make name tags for everyone so they could mix & mingle easier and also get a smile on their face from "how" we know them. I was thinking a Friend would get a name tag that says:

Lisa Smith

Thru thick & thin with the Mrs. (and/or Mr.)

A Co-Worker (who are all friends as well) could say:

Liz Smith

Works & Laughs with the Mrs. (and/or Mr.)

Are there any positives or negatives to this idea that I may be missing? Any ideas of how to "label" Friends, Family, Co-workers that is cute and fun? For guests of the people we invited I figure we would just put "Friend of the Mr/Mrs) to keep it simple and still include them in the fun - even if we do not know them directly. It is going to be way different than a typical wedding reception, so I'm open to silly and fun ideas to get people mingling and having fun. Here is a Program (to give you an idea of the feel of the night) that we will either hand out to everyone as they enter or a sign that we will have at the front entrance so that everyone has a feeling for the events of the evening. It is a Adults Cocktail-Style setting. Amanda & Jeremiahâ€s Wedding Fiesta 6:30 PM Enjoy Welcome Drinks, Passed Appetizers & the Chip/Salsa/Guacamole Bar Mix and Mingle with old and new friends Feel free to sign and “leaf†a note on our guest wedding tree. 7:00 PM Welcome & Wedding Day Photos 7:30 PM Taco Bar (selection based on your RSVP choices) 8:30 PM Coffee & Tres Leches Cake from Café Latte is enjoyed! Dancing Hosted Welcome Drinks: Draft beer : (List beers) Wine: (List wines) Original Margarita: On the Rocks or Blended Any help and ideas are very welcome! :welcome:

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Originally Posted by balibride View Post

 

How does a taco bar work? Is it catered? A buffet? I've never seen one and it sounds good!

Originally it was supposed to be set up like a bar, people could go up and just order what type of taco they wanted and walk away with it along with a couple of sides on a plate (like how you woudl go up to a bar and order a drink). But it ended up being a buffet. More work for the guests, but still very tasty.

 

The idea of the "bar" was so that it would keep the atmosphere casual and easy going (as people got hungry they could go order their food), instead of the typical sit down style reception with plated food or a buffet.

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Does anyone ever do a "party" before leaving like a month ahead of time or so? We live out of state from all our family and most friends, so instead of trying to do a reception as soon as we get back and travel again back home... We were thinking try to head back home to get to see everyone that won't be able to make it to the wedding before?? I guess it's more of an engagement party? But trying to include everyone in something...

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