(Closed) Are you going for a buffet or a meal??

posted 9 years ago in Food
  • poll: Buffet or specific meals??


    specific meal

  • Post # 3
    1546 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I did buffet, but we didn’t have much of a choice. I actually prefer buffet anyways. You wouldn’t necessarily get stuck disliking the meal with a specific meal. You usually give guests a choice of a beef, chicken and pasta (sometimes fish, also) meal and they choose.

    Post # 4
    6386 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I always prefer a buffet to a plated meal because very rarely does everyone get served at the same time during a plated meal.  That being said, I think buffets work better with a smaller guest count, unless you set up mutliple buffet lines.


    Post # 5
    1375 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We’re doing buffet. I like the formality of a plated served dinner, but I like the options of a buffet. We were able to offer our guests more options (and they can choose only the options they like) for the same price and less logistical headache.

    My experience has also been that plated meals are meh at most weddings, because it’s very difficult to plate & serve 150+ meals at the same time and keep them fresh. Buffets can go either way too, but generally I find the food is at least hot.

    Also, Fiance loves buffets 🙂

    I think you have to plan well to do a buffet nicely though – printed menus so people know what will be up there are still nice, have multiple buffet lines, have a very well-organized system of dismissing tables to get everyone through quickly with minimal confusion, have staff clearing tables promptly, staff that can help elderly or those with kids carry plates if needed. No matter plated or buffet, you still need to think through all the challenges.

    Post # 7
    1049 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We are having a formal wedding, so we are doing a plated meal with 3 choices – chicken, salmon and vegetarian.

    Post # 8
    1546 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @NAvery:  I printed up a nice little menu and had it out.

    Post # 9
    150 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m doing buffet. It’s pretty much what you do in the area I live in. I’ve never been to a plated meal reception.

    Post # 10
    1427 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We’re doing a plated brunch for 2 reasons:


    1. The plated brunch options at my venue sounded MUCH tastier than the buffet options

    2. The plated option at my venue is cheaper.


    Plus, now we get to avoid lines, but anyway… that’s what we’re doing!

    Post # 11
    1944 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We did a buffet and it was a hit!

    Post # 12
    9873 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We’re doing a plated meal with three entree options (1) because I don’t like buffets and (2) we’re having a formal wedding where a buffet would not fit in.  Honestly, I hate buffets at weddings; I always manage to spill something and I’d rather not be schlepping my meal around a hall before I get to my seat.

    Post # 13
    398 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We are doing a buffet. It offers more variety as we are having children come to our wedding.

    Post # 14
    2354 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @xoxClairexox:  I was unsure of what I wanted (actually asked the same question on here 😛 ). Our wedding is pretty formal though so I’m glad we picked what we did. Plus it’s tough to coordinate logistics with buffets. 

    The place we booked only did seated meals, but our guest will get a menu to choose one of:

    1. 2 appetizers,
    2. 2 first course choices, 
    3. 7 entrées (which includes two veggie options, salmon, porkchops, steak, chicken)
    4. 1 dessert and 
    5. whatever coffee/drink they want on top of an open bar.

    This way no one will feel like they have to eat what we tell them. 

    Post # 15
    143 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Plated lunch! It was cheaper, we still get to offer options and personally, I am not a fan of buffets. From my experiences, certain tables are done eating by the time another table gets to line up. Those doing multiple lines, that is a great idea!

    Post # 16
    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    We’re having a plated brunch, but A. there are only 35 guests and B. people get to pick their entree from the menu (3 options) the day of, not ahead of time.

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