(Closed) Age-old dinner question: how to serve?

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: What kind of food setup do you prefer?
    Plated dinner : (52 votes)
    63 %
    Buffet : (14 votes)
    17 %
    Food stations : (17 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I voted buffet, but now I like your food stations idea. FWIW, I’m having a buffet (or maybe food stations!), but assigned seating. This is to avoid awkwardness, or being forced to run down the few people you know… We want people to sit with others we know they’ll have a good time with!

    Post # 4
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    566 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Personally, I prefer a sit-down dinner.  I think it is classier and people are fed quicker.

    I would prefer a food station over a buffet.  However, with either of those two options, I would still have assigned seating.  I think it is nice to know that I have a seat and know where it is.

    Post # 6
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    71 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I like food stations with assigned seating.  Yes, doing a seating chart is a pain, but I think people like to have a place to go.  I like stations because no one’s stuck at their table for very long, so if they don’t like their assigned table, we’re really talking about 1.5 hours…

    Post # 7
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    7174 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    Are you going for a casual reception feel?  If so – food stations with no seating would be fine.

    But – if you want a more traditional/formal reception, my preference is plated w/ seating assigned.  

    I’ve really hated the receptions I’ve been to with no seating – that’s worse that a bad table, IMO.  It’s the mad dash for seating and then never finding enough open seats, etc…

    Post # 8
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    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I wanted to do family style as I think it always takes so long to get everyone fed with a plated dinner and a buffet.  I also prefer a seating chart. 

    Post # 10
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    1390 posts
    Bumble bee

    FWIW, I HATE unassigned seating. It’s so stressful and it always feel like there’s a mad rush to ‘get a good one’ you know? I was recently at an outdoor wedding though where they had food stations and no seating chart. They had regular tables, high tops, and blankets for people to sit on in the sun if they wanted. There were also lawn games  to play so it wasn’t quite a traditional reception, but it was really fun and chill. This however, was on an island on the ocean and we were mostly concerned with exploring the site so it worked really well! If the meal is the main focus, I would do a seating chart and do the dinner however you want.

    Post # 11
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    708 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    My mom just went to a wedding with food sations and she said people were a bit confused (especially the older people). My mom said to someone, aren’t you going to eat, and they replied, “I am waiting for dinner.” Many people are just so accustomed to a sit-down or buffet. I will always prefer a sit-down myself. 

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    i know others might disagree with this, but I HATE plated dinners at wedding. Wedding food, no offense to anyone, is usually not great, and it lacks variety. I am a sort of picky eater, and generally end up only eating a salad, and then some cake (for some reason, caterers always love to put cheese on every single dish and I can’t eat it). I love buffets or food stations so I can eat more of the food that I like.  I hate the claim that its not “classy”. How is it not classy to let your guests eat the food they will enjoy? I think its unclassy as a guest to have to hit up some fast food on the way home because there was nothing in the plated meal I could eat, and I had no other options. Also, its a waste of the couple’s money when my plated meal goes uneaten. I say, go for food stations or buffet, especially if it means you don’t have to do a seating chart. Win Win, in my opinion.

    Post # 13
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    566 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    How large of an area is the split level?  Could you make it like a lounge area? Or serve desserts/apps in that area? Not knowing exactly what the split level looks like, it’s hard to figure out what to do with that space :-/

    Post # 14
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    7174 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    It sounds like the real issue is the seating chart – (to do vs. not to do).  If you will have formal tables (vs. lots of random, available seating), you need to do a seating chart.

    My eating preference is lots of food stations, then plated, and lastly buffet lines.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We are having a buffet because its much cheaper than a sit down dinner and it also suits the feel of our reception and the large guest list. I personally dont like arranged seating because I’d much rather sit with whoever I feel like at that time, instead being assigned to a particular table.

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