Menu Help! & Advice on buffet vs. plated

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which would you rather have to eat?
    Sandwich buffet : (15 votes)
    25 %
    Hamburger & hot dog buffet : (12 votes)
    20 %
    Plated meal such as chicken, pork, or fish. : (34 votes)
    56 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Is it possible to do stations of both hamburgers & hotdogs, and sandwiches? They might work out something for you.

    If I was in your situation, I would choose the sandwiches.. hamburgers & hotdogs would be fine for a backyard wedding, but I think if you have an actual venue people might wonder why you went such a cheap route.

     

    Post # 4
    Member
    545 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Nostawyn:  Can you taste all the options first? I’d rather have an awesome deli sandwich or burger than a gross piece of fish and vice versa. To me choice isn’t a huge concern, its quality! You should pick whatever is the tastiest!

    Post # 7
    Member
    1981 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @Nostawyn:  it sounds like you have good options. I personally would do anything but hamburgers and hot dogs- they don’t seem worth paying a caterer. A lot of venues don’t allow outside food/ caterers but sometimes have exceptions- especially or cultural food they can’t make. That’s how we are bringing shave ice stand, possibly a crepes stand, and maybe a food truck- it is way cheaper. You could do sandwiches or heavy hors d’oeuvres with an outside vendor to help make it more economic. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    545 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Nostawyn:  I’m sure you’ve already thought about this, but if you’re doing an evening reception, then your guests will likely want more alcohol than a daytime thing! So that’s a big chunk of change right there. Our venue had an exclusive bar service provider and it was very expensive. 

    Post # 11
    Hostess
    9919 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Nostawyn:  we were at a wedding last summer that was BBQ with hamburgers and hot dogs, it was really good (i think they did a BBQ chicken as well).

    I know our plated meal all the options we’ve chosen cost the same per plate and we pay for what we order – we’re offering 4 adult options (pre-selected on the RSVP) and a kids choice.  

    Post # 12
    Member
    729 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    If you did burgers, I’d find a way to make it more interesting – maybe a burger bar with fun toppings? Slider bar? Maybe sausages instead of hot dogs?

    What are the plated entree choices?

    Post # 13
    Member
    620 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Nostawyn:  Have you already definitely chosen that venue? If not, I would recommend a place that allows you to bring your own catering OR use a restaurant as a venue – that could save you a lot. We are bringing out own caterer in to our venue but we are using a restaurant that does catering which is much cheaper than using a wedding caterer – we are also getting our own alcohol which saves a tonnn of money.

    The thing I would worry about is deli sandwiches are not enough for dinner. Are you serving alcohol too?

    Post # 14
    Member
    620 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @secretbee33:  Sorryjust saw the thing about alcohol. If you are also making people pay for drinks I would tend to agree with you that you should do an afternoon wedding instead, and then maybe meet up at a bar and have dancing and drinks with people there? I also think the PP’s idea about burger bar with fun toppings is good- makes it a bit more special

    Post # 15
    Member
    620 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Nostawyn:  One more suggestion, haha. If you are really set on dinner have you considered using a non-traditional cuisine? We are doing Indian food buffet and are able to get an enormous spread of food for $27 pp. And that is the most expensive option

    Post # 16
    Member
    135 posts
    Blushing bee

    @Nostawyn:  If its not in you price range, dont do it. Dont spend too much money to please others.

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