Post # 1
We are trying to decide between a buffet or sit down. Price is same for both, so that is not a factor. I personally like the idea of a buffet because I think there is more time to mingle and dance. However, I know people like to be served and therefore prefer sitdowns. What are your thoughts Bees??
Post # 3
Is it true it would take less time for a buffet? I dont see them being very different in timing, but maybe.
I like the elegance of a sit down, but I also like being able to choose what I eat and how much so for that reason a buffet is cool.
Post # 4
How many guests do you have? I’d think it would take longer for a buffet, especially if you have anything over 100 guests (or even 80ish for that matter).
Post # 6
Call me crazy, but I greatly prefer buffets. I love food, and being able to taste and choose is great. I don’t care about standing in line and have always enjoyed buffets more than sit downs. I get bored!!!
Post # 8
I much much much prefer a sit down dinner.
Post # 9
@MidwestBride2012: We’ll have about 100 guests. The venue said they have 2 lines going, so lines aren’t bad.
Post # 10
I dislike buffets at weddings very much. (I’m not anti-buffet, just anti buffet at weddings.) I don’t like waiting for my table to be dimsissed (some are finished, while others are just starting). I don’t like that the food at buffets are typically swimming in some sort of sauce so the protein doesn’t get dried out. And, I don’t like waiting in line (also, for the elderly crowd, it could be difficult to stand/wait/serve).
All that to say – if it’s the same price – do sit down! I think it’s more refined and wedding appropriate if it’s doable!
Post # 11
I talked to my venue and they told me that it would take longer for a buffet versus sit down. They normally have 4 buffet lines but they serve a sit down all within 15 minutes. My reception is not as long as I would like it to be so I might do sit down. But also, I like the formality of a sit down.
Post # 12
I prefer to choose what I want and not be stuck with what I don’t want. I don’t want to look at someone else’s plate and wish I had picked what they picked. I like to look at the buffet table and see what looks good.
Post # 12
I prefer buffets, so that I can choose what to fill my plate with. The last 3 weddings I’ve been to had buffets, and the only one that was problematic had maybe 250 guests so the wait was very long.
Post # 13
I like buffets because I like tasting everything!
Post # 14
I very much prefer buffets at weddings. I really love having numerous options and being able to go back for seconds of my favorite items. Plus, the food at a buffet dinner is generally better (in my experience) because often at a sit down dinner, the food is cold by the time it gets to you at the table because it’s been sitting for a while as they are trying to get 100 or 200 people’s meals out at the exact same time. In comparison, at a buffet, the food is kept hot and is replaced with fresh food regularly as people make their way through the buffet. With that being said, I HATE waiting in buffet lines at weddings. I think it has to be managed properly by having multiple lines and by inviting each table to the buffet individually, instead of allowing the masses to go at the same time.
Post # 15
Sit down! Definitely! You can also choose to do dancing in between courses to let people mingle and dance!