Post # 92
I prefer sit down dinners. Buffets always seem to have long lines and I always manage to be one of the last tables called up. I was served family style at a wedding recently and I liked it but I feel like there was a lot of reaching to serve the food you wanted. I don’t know why people would look down on buffets though, the buffets at my venue are just as expensive as the plated dinners.
Post # 93
Anything is fine as long as the food is good, but I prefer buffets because I like to pick what I want and how much. My only issue with sit down dinners is that I’ve found that they can get cold.
Post # 94
I don’t understand that, either!
When my mom and I were pricing out reception halls around us, all the halls had HIGHER prices for Buffets. It’s actually much cheaper to go with a seated dinner. So, I’m not sure why guest would consider it cheaper! : )
Post # 95
Exactly! I used to work at a venue that often hosted weddings. The plated dinners were the budget option, and more difficult to keep warm, too. The buffet was plenty, heated throughout serving, a good variety, and once a plate was empty it was replaced by a full one. No guest had to miss out on anything. There was enough for everybody. The staff often even got to take leftovers home if the b&g didn’t want them.
It was more work for us waitstaff, too. We had to constantly take empty plates off the tables and bring out new clean plates as guests went for second and third helpings.
Post # 96
I love family style, but unfortunatley none of the venues we looked at can/will do it 🙁
Post # 97
I voted for sit-down but I also really like family-style (Chinese banquet style -yummy)!
Post # 98
I had originally written off a venue because it only served family style. I’m very surprised to see so many people enjoy it. I will have to look into it more! The only reason I don’t like the buffet is I hate waiting to eat. With a plated meal, I find it hard to choose in advance what I want. I like to see my food in advance.
They way the venue we looked at would do it to serve salad, then soup or an appetizer, then chicken and beef to serve the whole table. Each person will serve themselves the entree and veggies. We would have a traditional cocktail hour first.
What is Chinese banquet style?
Post # 99
We are in the same boat. I like the buffet option but I had hoped to have a nice sit down meal. After looking at costs across the board in our area, it is going to be much cheaper to do a buffet style menu. Where do you live? I cannot even come close to the $10 a head. The buffet is going to cost me about $18 per person and sit down was between $30 – $35 on average. I would LOVE to have those prices!!! 🙂
Post # 100
- Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA
I think sit down dinners are nice, unless there aren’t enough servers and some tables aren’t getting their food as fast as others.
The problem I always have with buffets is it never fails that they put the silverware at the start of the buffet, and then you are trying to balance the plate and silverware at the same time while trying to put food on your plate. I never understood why they don’t put the plates at the beginning and then the silverware and napkins at the end.
The other problem I have with buffets is that if the reception is large, there are a lot of tables that are still waiting to get into line when other tables have already finished eating. Everyone cannot get their food at the same time, and it never seems to fail that I get seated at one of the last tables that get to go to the buffet and everything is picked over.
Post # 101
I like buffets because that way people can select the food they like best. I’m a picky eater but can always manage to find something at a buffet.
It also helps if you have people who are vegetarian too as there are more options for them.
Post # 102
@Miss Tattoo: I really like family style. I think it’s more unique and intimate. More like a family gathering…but that’s just my style. After that, I don’t really care if it’s sit down or buffet…but I guess I do hate the buffet lines.