Barn wedding: plated vs. buffet

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: How should we serve our upscale southern dinner?
    Your concerns are legit. Plated would be much better. : (12 votes)
    23 %
    You're crazy! Buffet wouldn't seem "low class" at all! : (26 votes)
    49 %
    Your options sound delish - I wouldn't change a thing! : (15 votes)
    28 %
    Your options aren't quite right - I'll suggest a change! : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    1721 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @beeconomist:  We are going with buffet, and here is why:

    *Chances are, there is something on a plated dinner that someone won’t eat…which means they’ll end up hungry with a half eaten meal that you’ve paid for

    *If its buffet, guests can choose as little or as much of each food as they would like.

    I defintiely don’t think buffets will “cheap” up the wedding.  And the fact you’re having bbq just means everyone is gonna love it that much more! 🙂  In the end either one will work…the only difference is having the plates handed out or allowing everyone to pick their own meal 🙂

    Post # 4
    4468 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @beeconomist:  I think your options are great for food! I tend to like plated more, as there isn’t the buffet lineup issue and it does feel nicer to me. If the food is going to be $$ regardless, is go plated. Even if you did go buffet, if the presentation is done well I think it will be perfectly fine as well. I voted played and keep options as is:)

    Post # 5
    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    In all the wedding’s I have been to I have only been to ONE sit down plated. Everyone does buffet in this neck of the woods.

    Post # 6
    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with buffet but since you want to highlight the food, why not just do plated? As a guest, I have never cared either way, but I always do appreciate nice presentation and having my food served to me instead of waiting for my table to be called to get up.

    Post # 7
    729 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Can you do family style? Seems like it’d be the perfect compromise

    Post # 8
    6273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    There’s a limit to how fancy barn weddings can be. There’s a certain level of fanciness that  barns cannot reach–and the ones that come close are no longer recognizable as barns. Being from Oklahoma, where barns are sort of automatically lower-class because that’s where we keep the livestock, might make me a little biased–but if someone served a plated dinner on china at a barn wedding, it would weird me out.  But if I went to a wedding in a barn and there was a barbecue buffet, I’d think it was awesome.

    Don’t try to church it up; it’s a barn. Embrace it, and work with it, and it will be great. IMO it’s much worse for the meal options and format to clash with the space, than to not have the fanciest option.

    Post # 9
    1589 posts
    Bumble bee


    Those options sound great, and I’d want to have a small serving of each (well maybe not the chicken), but for sure the pork/grits, salad and grilled peaches and mac/cheese. 

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