Meal choice dilema! Plated vs. great buffet!!

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: Help! Which meal option!?
    Lackluster less expensive plated meal : (18 votes)
    26 %
    Delicious but expensive buffet option : (51 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 4
    Hostess
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I would personally do the buffet if it wouldn’t break the budget.

    I think the more options you have, the more tastes you can satisfy, and nobody leaves hungry.

    If it’s not in budget, I wouldn’t worry about it though.

    Post # 5
    Member
    8910 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    With so many vegetarians and what does sound like a pretty lame veggie option, I think you probably just pony up the extra $. It’s a fair bit, but it’ll make a big difference to your guests. Iin the scheme of things, $900 isn’t THAT much…

    Post # 6
    Member
    679 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    The buffet truly sounds fantastic- it had me at the seafood paella! Say no more! I generally prefer plated over buffet (bad experiences waiting in insanely long lines for very dried-out food) but if the menu is better and the logistics are handled properly, then go for the buffet if the budget allows. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    1414 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Personally, I’d go with plated rather than buffet and put that extra $900 towards a vacation or something. It seems like such a waste when you’re paying for 50 people even though there are only 27 people there…you’re basically paying $74.00 per person.

    Post # 8
    Member
    1111 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Can you sub the lame vegetarian entree for a better one if you talk to the vendor? Even if it’s a bit pricier?  I normally would do the buffet, but I couldn’t justify paying almost double for food.

    Post # 9
    Member
    434 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Lily_of_the_valley:  I would probably add an extra course or another option and do plated. Like @As_You_Wish: pointed out, $74.00 is a huge amount of money per person. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Hmm. I think the buffest sounds AMAZING, but you should definitely get rid of half the meat (since there’s SO many vegetarians), and see if they’d come down on the price!

    Post # 11
    Member
    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I always think plated is nicer. I also couldnt justify paying that much more for only 27 people. BUT in my area we have huge cocktail hours so the dinner doesnt mean much (I could be biased?). 

    Post # 12
    Member
    1627 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Plated. It’s just one meal out of the year. Just make sure your cake is delicious! 

    Post # 13
    Member
    663 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I would do the buffet :/ I’m personally doing a played dinner but having a salad as your veggie meal option doesn’t seem like a great deal. 

    Post # 14
    Member
    11379 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @Lily_of_the_valley:  is that the only veggie option the venue has??  surely they can prepare a much better dish than just that. what about grilled veggie pasta?

    what is one of your favourite vegetarian dinners?  i would suggest giving them a couple of options of what you would like and ask them which would be easier for them to prepare.  (think of existing ingredients that one would have on hand and not specific, hard to get seasonal items).

    i’m sure they’ll do it for you.

    Post # 15
    Member
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Lily_of_the_valley:  As a meat eater, I love the plated option. I would save the money and go with plated (FI would probably get veggie and I would get beef– they both sound great). With plated, you get the advantage of more time to talk and less time to spend in line and chance spilling anytihng on you.

    One thing to check, how good is the veggie option? I think it sounds great, but a risotto or stuffed pepers or curry might be better. We had a curry and it was a huge hit. Honestly, as a steak lover, I would go with a curry or a risotto over a steak any day

    Post # 16
    Member
    6964 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @Lily_of_the_valley:  honestly, even the buffet isn’t great for vegitarians. Why can they only give you salads?!

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