- 8 years ago
Which style do you prefer and why?
Which style do you prefer and why?
Hmmm… I voted for “plated” b/c that’s what we’re having at our wedding, but really I think that any style can work great! I’ve been to parties and/or weddings that have done it all — plated, buffet, stations, and family-style. I think the key is to have a good plan for your food service so that everyone gets to eat something that they will enjoy, everyone gets enough food, and nobody has to wait too long to get their food. These 3 criteria would definitely be the most important to me as a guest 🙂
We’re doing plated, which I prefer. I don’t necessarily *mind* buffet style, but I just prefer being served at a wedding. And I totally know that sounds really bad, lol. I can’t think of another way to say it. I think that buffet’s interrupt dinner, in a way. Plus it always seems like by the time the last people are served, the first people to be served are done eating. Like I said, I don’t hate buffet’s my any means. I actually really like the variety of food they offer, so in that sense I guess I like them better than plated. Haha…I just like to eat 🙂
The various arguments I have heard are that people like the elegance of plated dinners but hate that they take forever to get so the food ends up cold, there isn’t enough food to begin with, and that not all the selections on the plate are universally appealing. The argument with buffets is that while the food is warm and allows people to pick and choose, it runs out quickly and people have to juggle 2+ plates while filling their own plus those of any elderly guests who can’t stand/walk that long.
As far as stations, some people argue that they take forever because the food has to be cooked from scratch for each guest. If they did that, it doesn’t seem like they would be very popular, yet they are. Most chefs do know how to prepare food so that they don’t have to take that long to put it together.
Family style is something that we never considered. While it’s great for Asian restaurants or dinner at home, it isn’t quite the feel that we have in mind since those platters get quite heavy and the table gets cluttered very quickly. With people dressing up, there is alot of potential for spilling food/sauces on themselves that we would like to avoid.
Based on your personal experience, while every caterer is different obviously and it does depend on the layout of the venue, the amount of waitstaff, etc, is there a certain type of service that generally works better (more efficiently) than others? Or is strictly aesthetic preferences (being served and waited on rather than being able to pick what you want and leave what you don’t)?
I am a fan of buffet- everyone gets what they want, and only what they want, so less waste left on the plates. My only complaint about this is the vegetarians and vegans generally get the shaft because the meat eaters take all the stuff we can eat, leaving us with only salad. We’re solving this problem by calling all vegetiarians and vegans up first, so that they are assured of actually getting something to eat!
I do not like buffets at weddings at all. Theres always a wait and it just makes the wedding kind of tacky.
We are having the food served family style. There will be big platters of food brought to each table. That way guests don’t have to get up, but it is less labor intensive (and therefore less expensive) than a plated dish. It’s also easier for us because we will have both chicken and beef on the table and people can pick one or the other, or both. This way, we don’t have to collect a meal choice from anyone unless they have a dietary restriction or are vegetarian.
We are having food stations. I’ve never liked big, sit-down dinners with tons of people. I get a little claustrophobic. We’re going for more of a cocktail party set-up with mini-meals at each station.
We are doing family style… FI is loving the fact he can help himself to as much as he wants.. and I don’t love the wedding buffet idea.. .
i dont really have a personal preference.
i chose the plated, just because that’s what our ‘estimate’ was based on… i think all style are fitting… buffets don’t necessarily have to be a “casual” reception either… my best friend from college got married a couple years back at a beautiful country club in Denver… her flowers, photography, dress were top-notch.. our BM dresses were long and definitely on the formal side… but her dinner style was buffet and everyone loved it… no biggie and the food was DELISH!
We’re doing food stations. I like the mingling that happens when guests get up and this way we can have a little more variety.
I like stations because it adds kind of an “activity” element to the reception which is especially helpful if people don’t like to dance. It gets your guests moving and mingling, and makes the event less of a boring, stuck in your seat evening.
We did plated, but honestly, the place had SO many servers that everybody had food within 3 minutes of each other. It was insane. Whereas a buffet, it seems like it takes 1.5 hours for everyone to get fed somtimes! I’ve been to a stationed dinner before for a smaller wedding and it was great. But i do prefer to be served at a wedding…it’s like a nice dinner to me.
I do not like plated dinners. Coming from a family with various meal restrictions (vegetarian, allergies etc.) it feels so wasteful when you are given a plate of food you cannot eat. Some people do not give options or ask for restrictions ahead of time. This summer I went to a wedding with my mom and sisters. My mom is vegetarian and she received a plate of antipasto, (could only eat half of it) a pasta dish that was meat cannelloni, and a main dish that had two types of meat and a vegetable she is allergic to. What a waste! Family style is my fave, followed by buffet. That way you can choose what to eat.
We did plated because you have to have more food/make predictions to have the buffet. You’re never sure what will be most popular and what the last person in line will be left with, so then you end up getting a lot more than you need of everything.
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