How to serve the food…..

posted 2 years ago in Food
  • poll: As a guest, which do you prefer at weddings (and why)?
    Buffet : (25 votes)
    41 %
    Plated meal : (28 votes)
    46 %
    Food stations : (8 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 2
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I said plated because I despise lines. Plus we are knocking out our toasts between courses. 

    Post # 3
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Buffets are awesome. If it’s coordinated and set up properly big lines can be avoided. People get more of a choice of foods, and I personally don’t like plated as there is always plates being passed around and someone unhappy with what they have.

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    nerdybee:  I always prefer plated meals as I don’t like queueing and carrying plates around (I have super shaky hands), and I always seem to end up with rubbish at buffets ie loads of little things that don’t actually form a me. I have no idea why lol

    That said we nearly went for a buffet main course at our wedding to offer guests more choice; we then found our venue were actually very flexible and we’re cool with offering a choice at no extra cost provided they knew the numbers/choices in advance. So we’ve been able to offer a choice of 3 starters, 4 mains, and 3 desserts, with something to suit everyone, but still have a plated meal. 

    The other thing I’d add is that I think buffets work best for smaller wedding go, unless you have plenty of stations and servers. Otherwise, the queues can be really long. 

    Post # 5
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    We’re doing family style! 

    After a plated salad course, each table will get 3 entrees and 2 sides to be passed and shared. It has the variety of a buffet without the lines/wait and the comfort of a plated meal but actually served hot. 

    Its a fun and social way of serving that maximizes both the timeline and guests experience. 

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    MrsBuesleBee:  I love the idea of family style!

    I’d always pick plated over buffet, especially at medium-large fuctions as I hate the idea of making people stand and queue for ages just to eat! At least if you are sat at your table to be served, you can have a glass of wine and relax 🙂

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    nerdybee:  I love plated and stations! We are doing a plated dinner but stations for cocktail hour.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I like buffets because then I get to choose what I’m going to eat. I really don’t mind waiting in line, and to me it’s worth it because I like to load my plate with meat and vegetables and skip the bread, potatoes,  etc. I also prefer a buffet over family style because there are usually more options in a buffet, and I don’t enjoy passing big plates/bowls of food around a table that’s usually already loaded with decorations and glassware. 

    Post # 9
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Plated.  At a buffet one allergen in one dish can ruin all the dishes because people suck about not touching a serving spoon to anything but the dish it should be used for.

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee

    MrsBuesleBee:  We’re doing family style too! The variety of a buffet with the comfort of a plated meal. Also, we’re not doing centerpieces. Mainly because, pfft…who cares? Also, are venue is highly decorated already, and we need space for the food. 😀

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    nerdybee:  We are having a four course meal.  The appetizer is a pasta dish with shredded duck breast, then a salad, for entree there are three choice; salmon, filet, or a risotto for vegetarian, and then wedding cake. I think it’s best to give people the option of some kind of fish and some kind of meat, plus a veg option. 

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    nerdybee:  That’s going to depend on how many options you have, and what your budget is! We are doing 4 options. Generally, I would pick options that will appeal to different people, so like a red meat, a white meat, a fish, and a vegetarian option.

    Some common options are filet, chicken, salmon, pasta, etc. Have you asked your caterer for ideas?

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    lcutter711:  Pasta with duck? YES PLEASE! That sounds delish. I love duck so much that we are doing it as an entre option! Your meal sounds so good!

    Post # 15
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Just went to a lovely wedding at a winery. First time I’d ever been served ‘family style’ at a wedding and I thought it was fantastic!  That would be my first choice. 

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