Buffet?! Anyone else doing this for their wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Are you having multiple stations so people will be milling around the whole time? I think I’d be really confused as a guest if the food kept changing.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

I don’t really see the benefit of changing out the food on the stations. It seems like it would be confusing for the guests and more work for the caterer. Why not just pick your favorite two or three for each station and leave them there the whole night?

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@dgplmr86:  I’m not a fan of buffet style at a wedding (or buffets in general). I don’t like communal food or lineups, and I find that it never runs smoothly. I think I would also be disappointed if I did find something I liked and you switched it. I would select a few things you like from each category and keep the same food throughout.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I did a taco bar and it was a hit! I think the changing of foods is a little odd. Just pick one, people don’t expect a ton of options at a wedding.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We are having a TINY wedding and reception in FL (*maybe* 20 people) so we are doing a backyard reception with BBQ. It’s all family and I highly doubt anyone is expecting a plated meal by Uncle Franks pool with our dogs running around underfoot.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I agree with others that I don’t really understand the switching out.  It seems like a LOT of options for each style.  I’d just pick 2-3 things for each style so you would have a total of 6-9 foods…which is still a lot of options to me.

I also saw your latest update that you might just offer the same things for the 2 hours.  I can’t eating at a buffet for 2 hours.  We are having a buffet and only allotting 45 minutes for it.  When I’ve attended buffet events (like work meetings) most people are done within 45 minutes and even then, only a few stragglers remain past 30 minutes and those are the ones that showed up late to the meal.

Will you have other things going in during those 2 hours?  Are you just thinking the food will stay out to graze on but continue with the wedding festivities like first dances?

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would eat so much food at your wedding. However, changing the food is too much.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We’re having a buffet. There’s simply no room to plate the food. The caterer said it was possible (she’s catered weddings in that venue before, in fact) but I thought it would be easier if it was just a buffet. Our final guest list looks like it will be 125-130, so if we have two rows on rither side, it should flow quickly and smoothly. I hope!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Agreed that changing over isn’t a good idea.

If one particular food is a hit, there’s going to be a panic the five minutes before it goes away, and everyone will be making chaos.  Kind of like the last ten minutes of open bar before it switches to cash.

Or, if there’s really only a couple things I would eat, I now have to be wary of when it might go away.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Buffets are confusing enough (when do I go? how much should I take? is it ok to go up again yet?) so I would definitely get rid of the menu changes. We’re forced to go with a buffet (I don’t like them but family style/plated from our vendor is $10 more than the package we got and we’re already pushing our budget with that). We get 4 entree selections, 2 potatoes, 1 veggie, 6 salads (who needs six different salads?!?!?),  2 desserts, and a bunch of other crap I can’t remember (we only went with the big package because our cost includes everything-tent, linenes, tables, chairs, dinnerware, food, lighting…). Sorry I’m rambling.
ANYWAY. Ours is all served at once and everything is grilled on site so guests can get whatever is ready. I would say if you were doing a plated meal then your menu would be ok. But don’t confuse everyone by changing it out, and what if someone doesn’t like a certain type of food? They would be forced to wait until what they liked was being served.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@dgplmr86:  my wedding is in a couple of weeks and we are doing a taco bar buffet. I agree with a lot of posters that changing the food all the time would be confusing. My ideas for my wedding so far are 1- a premade taco dish ( family recipe) 2- make your own taco bar And 3- including lots of lettuce and things for taco salad. It keeps a theme and only gives people a few options so they don’t dally in line. 

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