Post # 1
Hello, am hoping for some help please! FH and I have decided we prefer the set menu which comes with the package at our venue. It’s nothing fancy and is quite middle of the road so should be ok for most people. My parents however are adament that we should have a buffet as it’s more choice and as they are paying for half the wedding I feel obliged to follow what they say. I agree that more choice would be better but I don’t think the buffet sounds that great. it seems as though they’re using a million words to describe salads and sauces so it looks like more than it is! (+ it’s £200 more) what do you think?
– Homemade Vegetable Soup served with chive croutons
– Pan Fried Chicken Breast Fillet served with lardons of crispy bacon, glazed shallots in a rich red wine sauce, roast and new potatoes and a selection of fresh seasonal vegetables
– Local Bramley Apple Tart-Sweet pastry filled with caramelised Bramley apples, served with vanilla ice cream & homemade toffee sauce
–Freshly brewed coffee & mints
– Freshly carved roast sirloin of English beef, Honey glazed ham, Roast Norfolk turkey, Finest selection of continental salami
-All served with a selection of preserves and Chef’s dressings
-Warm Mediterranean vegetable tart served with Mixed green salad with lemon dressed rocket, Tomato and mozzarella & olive salad drizzled with basil oil dressing, Chef’s coleslaw bound in a rich creamy herbed mayonnaise, Roasted Mediterranean pasta salad, Hot minted new potatoes
-Fresh local grown strawberries served with Chantilly cream and shortbread heart served to your table
– freshly brewed coffee and mints
Any help would be great! My mum and I don’t seem to see eye to eye on anything and this site has been a great sounding board so far…at least then i can say “well most people think this”.
Post # 3
Hmmm… I think your buffet might work better for fussy folk alright, do you know your guests well enough to know how fussy they are?! I’d like the apple tart myself, though!
Post # 4
Actually I remember our caterer saying buffets are actually often more expensive because caterers can very easily control portion size when serving sit down style: when guests are standing looking at food, they often make impulsive decisions to try new things because everything looks tasty! Ever hear the saying ‘your eyes are too big for your belly’?! 🙂
Post # 5
If you go with the set menu, will you have a vegetarian option as well?
Post # 6
I don’t think people would really complain if you went with the set menu, but I can see where the buffet might be the more hospitable option. I’d prefer choices, but I’d eat the set meal too.
Post # 7
I think the set menu sounds great…but is there only one option? Nothing for vegetarians?
Although I don’t think the buffet has anything either 🙂 I have also heard that buffets sometimes come out more expensive.
Post # 8
Oh yes, there is a vegetarion option too. I’m only having about 40 people for the sit down meal so we know them all pretty well. My mum is the only vegetarian and she’s already said she likes the veggie option so that’s ok. i was surprised, though buffet would be cheaper. I just don’t think for the money you’re really getting a lot of choice.
Post # 9
I’m an extremely picky eater and think the set menu sounds great. I guess it depends on what you want the “feel” of your reception to be.
Post # 10
This is just my opinion, but i NEVER prefer a buffet over a set menu. I think having a buffet takes longer and distracts from socializing.
Post # 11
I’m a picky eater so I wouldn’t do well with the set menu. But it’s your wedding, you should do what you want.
Post # 12
I prefer plated but like the food in the buffet more due to the variety, can you add another meat option to your plated menu?, having just chicken for a choice seems odd, as its usually a choice of 2 entrees.
Post # 13
I like the set menu then! I also am usually picky and it sounds good to me. I agree that it takes less time out of your wedding reception than a buffet as long as you can afford it.
Post # 14
I am strongly anti-buffet, but I think both look like ok food selections. I do think the wording for the bugget menu sound fussy though.
Post # 15
Ummm I’m going to go against the grain and say the buffet menu sounds AWESOME! I’d love to not have chicken at a wedding for once! I’m pretty sure I’d have one of everything from that buffet!
Post # 16
i think the buffet has more options. let me take out all the wording and you’ll see the options.
– chicken with potatoes and veggie
– appletart with ice cream
(so basically 1 soup, 1 main, 2 sides, 1 dessert, and coffee)
– salami (i count this as an app)
– sirloin, ham, and turkey with preserves & dressings
– veggie tart with mixed green salad
– tomato & mozz salad
– pasta salad
– hot minted potatoes
– strawberries with chantilly creamin shortbread
(1 app, 3 main, 5 sides, 1 dessert, coffee) although i can’t really tell but i would probably count the mixed green salad separate from the veggie tart.
i think serving a large group is always a struggle. most people eat who eat beef will also eat chicken but many who eat chicken will not eat beef. and then there’s seafood. i can’t serve all three plus a vegetarian option. i struggle with serving chicken because most of my friends and family do not like it. i think we’re going with beef, fish, and vegetarian. i’m still not sure about plated or buffet. for us, buffet is more expensive — about the same as doing a combo plate. i know rsvps with choosing a meal option just won’t work for my family so it’s either buffet or combo plate.