plated dinner or buffet?

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: Plated or buffet
    plated : (99 votes)
    54 %
    buffet : (86 votes)
    46 %
  • Post # 3
    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We have the same situation. Plated and buffet cost the same but soo much more food with buffet. For us it was a no brainer, buffet all the way! As a guest I prefer buffets much more than plated meals. 

    Post # 4
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @casey219:  Wedding food is pretty much all the same to me so I would prefer picking and choosing my entree and side items over being served a specific meal.  Choosing between a buffet and plated dinner doesn’t really matter to most guests unless you are having a really formal wedding.  It also deletes the need to have people choose their dinner on the RSVP cards.

    Post # 5
    825 posts
    Busy bee

    1) If your wedding is more formal overall, go with the plated option. You get one less option but if it’s not a huge price difference, go with the overall ‘feel’ to your wedding.

    2) I would venture that many guests (outside of the Bee) don’t have an opinion between plated and buffet. But they do have an opinion on waiting in line for food. So just make sure if you go the buffet route, you have enough stations that no one is waiting in line too long.

    Post # 7
    931 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I prefer buffet. I hate alternate serve.

    Post # 8
    1169 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I am 100% FOR plated. It’s just my style. I think it feels more special because guests are being served. I’m also super picky about how looks on a plate, so I’ve always been anti-buffet because of the way it presents. So I would pick buffet 10/10. 

    Post # 9
    917 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @casey219:  What is the tone of your reception? Is it a formal event or is it more casual? You should ask about the buffet and see if it’s one line or several or stations. That makes a big difference for your guests.

    FI and I chose plated because of the vibe of our venue (1930s/40s style jazz club). We were pleasantly surprised to find that guests will choose from three options (steak, chicken, or butternut squash ravioli) once they are seated. It works for us, but I can say that I’ve been to buffets that were rockin. 

    Post # 10
    1421 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I’ve always been a big fan of buffets at weddings — way before weddingbee, just as one who has attended a ton of weddings.  You never know which entree really is the best until you’ve tried them all (or at least get a chance to look at them).  Buffets let you do that. 

    I also worked in wedding catering and still think buffets are the best.  Food for events is often made well ahead of time.  With a plated dinner, the food is also plated well in advance and stored in a hotbox.  It often leads to dishes drying out, which does not happen with a buffet.  Plus, people have to wait to be served regardless– that’s just the nature of the beast when 100+ people need to eat at the same time.

    Full disclore — we had a buffet for our wedding.  People still rave about the food. 



    Post # 11
    845 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We didn’t want the formality of plated meal or food sitting out in a buffet, so we had a family-style meal. Guests had tons of options and the food came out hot and fresh!

    Post # 12
    1981 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    As a guest, I don’t like waiting in long lines for buffets or for them to call my table.  I voted plated!  My FI is a foodie and grad from culinary school and he doesn’t like buffet because some food can get overcooked- so he said he only wants plated.  As a hostess, plated dinner is a nice service to provide if you can afford it, and it’s the same price, so why not?

    Post # 13
    11379 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    i have always preferred plated.  i am just not a fan of buffets.  i like to be served and i don’t want to be walking around with a plate of food in my hand.



    @remijp:  family style is a great alternative.  op, you should look into that option.

    Post # 14
    919 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I had the same dilemma, but went for plated in the end.

    It adds to the formality of the event as you said, but there were too many cons with buffets that we couldn’t overlook:

    Older/less mobile guests may have trouble with the setup, those called last to the buffet may not get to try everything available, and guests not eating at the same time. Also, my parents HATED the idea of guests lining up “like in a cafeteria or soup kitchen”, so that was a no.

    The beauty of plated is that you get to sit back and be served 🙂

    Post # 15
    546 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I would definitely go with plated..I don’t like standing in line and then carrying my food around when i am all dressed up..I think it is much more classy to have a plated meal. And I also think that having 3 options (together with the veggie option) is a good variety. Matter of fact that is what we are having…We have a beef (steak) option; seafood (salmon) option; and a vegeterian option. I mean I will be very surprised if people wouldn’t be able to chose something that they will like..

    What are you doing with the appetizers? What are your options for that??

    Post # 16
    546 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Family style is also a good option. ..I agree with people who already mentioned that….Especially if you have sitting chart..and will put close people sitting together

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