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

posted 7 years ago in Food
  • poll: Buffet or specific meals??
    buffet : (49 votes)
    50 %
    specific meal : (49 votes)
    50 %
  • Post # 17
    418 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    we’re doing a casual brunch reception so buffet made the most sense for us.

    Post # 18
    906 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    We’re doing a plated 4 course (including the wedding cake) dinner. I’ve only been to one wedding where the buffet was on par with a plated dinner–and it was at a crazy-expensive club in West Palm Beach. As a guest I don’t enjoy buffets, largely because I’d prefer not to stand in line to eat. The buffet breaks up table conversation for the guests and leaves the last tables with the dregs. Plated all the way for me.

    Post # 19
    8575 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014


    For multiple reasons.

    1. Cost – Hey it’s a wedding, we’re not skimping on things, we just want the most bang for our buck.

    2. Picky eaters. I find that plated meals don’t always make everyone happy.

    3. Variety. I guess this would go with above.

    4. Plenty to eat! Some people might not be full from just the plated meal along, at least with a buffet you can eat as much or as little as you want.

    We do plan to set ours up as guest friendly as possible.

    We are having 4 different stations :

    – Soup Station : Will have 3 or possibly 4 kinds of soups, as well as breaksticks, buns, assortment of crackers & possible toppings [cheeses, spices, ect].

    – Salad Station : Guests can choose between a cherry apple almond salad, or classic ceasar. All kinds of dressings & toppings as well. [cheeses, carrots, candied almonds, chicken, ect].

    – Entree station : Guests can choose 1 or all 3. Baked lasagna, baked ziti or penne with creamy basil chicken.

    – Side station : Broccoli, chicken, meatballs, pizza sticks, & toasted ravioli in marinara.


    Guests will be able to walk around EACH STATION entirely, except the soup station, since we’ll need outlets for that.

    We are only having anywhere from 35-60 guests, so I think this will work nicely.


     Our wedding cake [which will be a 7 separated tier cake], will be off in another area of the building, as will the candy buffet.

    EDIT : There will also be a cocktail hour previous to the dinner. With yogurts, chocolate mouse, veggies & dips, finger sandwhiches, & crackers & cheese.

    Post # 20
    668 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I hate buffets. With a passion. I hate having balance my food in heels. I’d much rather be served a meal. Plus it’s much more formal to do so.

    Post # 21
    3552 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We’re having a brunch buffet, it’s what our venue is known for.

    Post # 22
    1202 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We’re having the appertizer catered, Fiance wants specific appertizers, lol. And having a Taco person, all you can eat with all the sides. 🙂 I might have my grandma make Birria too. (mexican meat dish) Its a barkyard, rustic small  wedding. Nothing too fancy. lol

    Post # 23
    6240 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    We’re doing a plated dinner with three options. If anyone is so picky that they will only eat mashed potatoes (we have a pasta option) then that’s their problem to work out. I don’t want anyone to be walking with their food- especially since my Fiance spilled his dinner all over himself at our engagement party and disappeared for like 2 hours while his brother got him different clothes. The buffet also takes up space that I’d rather add to the dance floor

    Post # 24
    8470 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We had a choice of 3 different plates.  I dislike buffet weddings and buffets in general.   

    Post # 25
    2440 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Family Style Dinner. Best of both worlds.

    Post # 26
    8686 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @abbie017:  this

    I am doing a plated meal with 4 different options. However, in NJ our cocktail hours are so huge that nobody eats much of the dinner. Plus we have cake and a full viennese hour.

    Post # 27
    724 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We’re doing plated with choice of chicken or roast beef.  It was actually cheaper than the buffet.  I also don’t think buffets work very well for groups of our size (probably around 300 people).

    Just for the record I like either.  I’m not picky. 🙂

    Post # 28
    110 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I didn’t really know what to select because we aren’t having a specific plated meal or a buffet. We are having a family-style dinner where there are 3 options for appetizer, 3 for entree, 3 for dessert, and it’s all brought out to the tables and yea, served family-style, so guests can have whatever they want from those dishes. 

    Post # 29
    50 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We are doing everything ourselves and a buffet seems easier.

    Post # 30
    2350 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Plate! Its so much more refined. Plus for a buffet u have to order more than enough so it can be a waste of money. Although the last two weddings I went to were buffets and they ran out of food! Not everyone even got a plate. So either way, to me, buffet is not good!

    Post # 31
    1966 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Plated dinner with 3 good options. Our cocktail hour will have a ton of food and have a full Viennese hour plus wedding cake. Buffet would be way too much food. And we are having a formal wedding, don’t like the idea of people getting their own dinner in a gown & heels!

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