Dinner buffets: Why all the hate?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We’re doing a buffet, too! It’s not even because it’s cheaper, necessarily. It’s just what we’re familiar with!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

We’ll be going this route too. Im not sure why theres no much hate on it. I don’t like standing in lines but i think if its done right, and coordinated it shouldnt be an issue. 🙂

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsCasanova:  +1 on the organization and coordination! I think a lot of the hate stems from lines being too long and confusing, but our reception is having four different lines of the same food…the lines are not a problem!

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s like everything else- there is good and bad in everything. People tend to remember the bad.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m not a fan of lining up for food when I am all dressed up in fancy clothes.  Or having a whole bunch of interrelated food on my plate like most buffets I’ve been too. If it was a more casual event I wouldn’t have a big problem with it though, unless we are the last table called up to eat which always seems to happen to me!  (I’ve never been to a wedding with a buffet though, just other events like Work Xmas Parties etc)

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I didn’t even know there was hate other than “it’s cheap, therefore trashy.”

 

Haters gonna hate.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We’re having a buffet. Our wedding is casual and small, so we figured it would work better.

I think most people hate it when it’s not coordinated properly. I’ve been in some crappy buffet lines at weddings before. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

While a buffet might be less formal, I certainly like having the options. The only things I don’t like about buffets are having to wait in a line, getting cold food, and not being done with my food when everyone else is (or being done and waiting for others to finish). That being said, those things can be somewhat avoided with good planning.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I don’t hate it. I just doesn’t scream formal wedding to me, but if it’s more casual of a wedding, I don’t mind. What I do mind is being called last and the non-disjunction that causes (ie: first few tables finishing up while the last tables haven’t even started).

 

I don’t really care for standing in heels and waiting in a long line, but I won’t be unhappy if I go to a wedding with a buffet.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@Miss_Words:  +1

Exactly! 🙂 I’m thinking about doing more then one line. I rather pay the extra $6 to rent a table. And have the buffet go smoother

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I dunno why either, I’m having one too! I know some people don’t like it with bigger weddings because it takes too long, but I VASTLY prefer it – if the main dish doesn’t appeal, I can load up my plate with pasta and salad, etc. and know that as long as I like ONE thing at the buffet, I won’t go hungry… unlike a plated meal where they give me a certain amount and if I only like one thing, too bad for me. Maybe I’m a control freak but buffets are the way to go!

I’m having a small wedding, so that helps too I suppose. Won’t take too long to get through 50 people. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I don’t really mind buffets as long as I’m not one of the last people to make it to the buffet line.  By then it’s often cold and the best bits are gone.  That can be avoided with some good planning, though.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I like that we had a plated meal with multiple courses. Everyone basically gets their food at once, and they get nice hot bowls of soup without having to somehow carry both that -and- a plate of food.

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