(Closed) As a guest do you prefer a buffet or a plated dinner?

posted 12 years ago in Reception
  • poll: As a guest do you prefer a buffet or a plated dinner


    Plated dinner

  • Post # 17
    2007 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I’m good with either although I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding with a plated dinner.  So far they’ve all been buffets. 

    Post # 18
    14 posts
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Hi there. My venue said that food stations (the PC term for buffets) were actually more expensive because they cannot control portion size. I was worried people would think that we were trying to save money when we really weren’t… BUT, in the end, the food stations (we had two – crabcakes on one, chicken/vegetarian on the other) was the way to go for our reception… we also had open seating, therefore, the tables were not set, something I also fretted about… but in the end, it really worked for the best as people mingled about and had room to roam. Also, I agree with Bagdhadbride – the food has to be good. Sometimes, just waiting for everyone to be served a formal plate ruins dinner because the food gets cold… good luck!

    Post # 19
    299 posts
    Helper bee

    Plated, because lines for food are completely intolerable to me! And buffet style food has usually been sitting there, wilting/getting cold by the time you get to it, no matter how it’s kept warm.

    Post # 20
    773 posts
    Busy bee

    I kind of feel like it depends on the time of day.  I like buffets for daytime events, and plated meals for nighttime.  Don’t ask me why.  That’s just what feels appropriate 🙂

    Post # 21
    1091 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2021 - Oakland Manor

    I’m not too picky either 🙂  Just feed me a vegetarian meal and I’m happy.  My friend’s crazy (I’m not exagerating) mother served only plated chicken dinner at the combined Mother’s birthday party/Daughter’s hometown reception (I’m not joking…).  When my friend asked her about it she said "who wants to eat vegetarian food"?  There wasn’t an option on the reply card so I assumed it was a buffet.  So I ate 2 sides and Mr.D ate two chicken breasts. le sigh.

    Post # 22
    313 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I also prefer "Family style". I am very picky so I hate plated dinners… but I don’t feel like buffet style is very "formal". And I’m not a fan of waiting in line forever (at larger weddings) for my food – i’m hungryyyyyy! lol

    Post # 23
    1718 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

    For a smaller wedding (under 100) I don’t mind a buffet! You end up with food you actually want (I usually opt for more salads and sides than main course, and with plated meal I usually get that huge hunk of meat… I’m a starch fan! I like the sides!) but honestly, I went to a wedding of 240 that had a buffet and it was a huge frickin disaster. We (meaning people that got served last cause we were "friends") got incredibly wasted just sitting around drinking waiting for our turn to get fed… then when it was our turn they gave us these pitiful portions. It sucked! So with buffet, and a large crowd… prepare for a huge amount of drunkards.  We couldn’t help it… we were already required to be seated and wait around for our turn to the buffet, so all we had to do was either twiddle our thumbs, or take trips to the bar. Oi. Definitely the crappiest wedding experience I’ve had.

    But, I went to a recent buffet wedding with a smaller crowd and it was lovely! So, if your caterer can manage to serve more people at once (wiht a bigger crowd) I’d definitely pick buffet, but if you’ve got one serving line, prepare for a lot of wasted time just waiting for everyone to get a meal with a buffet.

    Family style, like PP said, is probably a great option!

    Post # 24
    135 posts
    Blushing bee

    I like buffet a little bit more than plated.  Plated is nice because it’s all fancy to get served, but I like how you can take what you want at the buffet.  I like options and I like to try a little bit of everything instead of guessing a month before the event if I’ll be in the mood for beef or chicken.

    Post # 25
    65 posts
    Worker bee

    plated. it is all about the presentation.

    Post # 26
    997 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel

    I really would be fine with either, but if I *had* to pick, I’d go with plated.   I appreciate the nice presentation of food, and I know if I had to self-serve it would be really messy (and I’m clumsy and would probably spill on myself!)

    Post # 27
    213 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I like buffets because I can pick and choose what I want.  I’m very strangely picky with my meat – I will not eat anything that is still on a bone.  Yes, I realize it came off of an animal with bones, but I don’t want that bone on my plate.  If it’s a buffet, with bony meats (I just made that one up), then I can replace that area on my plate with other food and not go hungry.

    Post # 28
    183 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I grew up in the north, and most of the weddings I attended there were plated.  Now, I’ve moved south, and I found that most weddings are buffet.  I like plated, but I’m having a buffet for my wedding.

    Post # 29
    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I agree that it depends on the size. As a picky eater and vegetarian, I like the choices of the buffet but don’t like long lines or standing around to get food. The plated dinner can also convey formality, but I like buffets as a personal preference.

    I have been to a wedding where the dishes were served family-style and it was wonderful!

    Post # 30
    228 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2021

    I usually don’t mind either way until I went to a buffet wedding where the food was cold by the time we got to the buffet. But that was because they had a lot of meat and hot foods, so I guess it just depends if the quality of the food won’t be compromised by having a buffet. If it tastes good that is the bottom line, that is what guests remember. 

    Post # 31
    6659 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I want to say that I prefer plated because I generally don’t like to mess around with getting food when I’m in formal dress. I think the waitstaff will be much more efficient serving people than people themselves will be. Also, what if EVERYONE goes for the french fries so halfway through you run out? No one really cares what they are served at a wedding (if someone does, that person is way too picky).

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