(Closed) Asking for food choice for a buffet?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t think it would be weird as long as all the options are available on the buffet in the end.

Post # 4
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Honey bee

Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of a buffet? With a buffet, you have at least 2 entree choices, multiple sides, etc in front of you to choose from and the caterer should make sure that there is enough food provided for everyone to take at least one serving of each if they choose, as well as enough for seconds. If you’re going to have your guests pick their food ahead of time, you may as well skip the buffet because picking at the time they fill their plates is why you have a buffet instead of a pre-chosen plated meal. As a guest, I would be very confused and imagine that either you didn’t understand what a buffet is, or you have an inadequate caterer who doesn’t either or both. I would think that other people would be wondering the same thing.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I don’t think you should ask ahead of time.  The cater should have enough for both options.  You’re going to get charged the same amount for asking people to pick ahead of time as you will if they just show up to the buffet I’m sure – at least that’s the way it usually works.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Maybe you should ask family members and close friends what they would prefer to eat. Since there are many options, their insight can help you scale down on the choices and choose the best for your reception. I wouldn’t formally ask everyone on a response card since that would defeat the purpose of a buffet. However, I am thinking about asking guests (on the RSVP card) if they are vegetarian or non-vegetarian. I know some hardcore vegetarians who will attend my wedding but I just want to make sure the count is accurate when deciding how many entrees need to be vegetarian beforehand.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We’re having a buffet and we didn’t ask what guests wanted. We figured they’d like at least something that was on offer.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Mr. P's Grandparents’ Ranch

We are planning on having a buffet, but we are not planning on asking our guest, we figure we can come up with a bunch of different ideas, plus we are planning on having Chilean food as well, I’m confident they’ll like at least something :/ umm  hopefully! (crossing fingers)

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

A caterer doesn’t need the choices, so I wouldn’t ask. They make enough for people to have a bit of both. That’s why buffets are more expensive then seated meals sometimes.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I agree it isn’t necessary to ask. We are also having a buffet and it never even occurred to me to ask guests what they would prefer since as mentioned above the point of a buffet is to have a little taste of everything.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

People are going to probably try both, so I would make sure you have enough for everybody to have some. Unless you have people serving the buffet, but then you are still going to have people ask for a little of both. You can’t really stop them, unless you have a seated dinner.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@AnnieAAA–We are doing something similar–serving three pasta dishes as the main entree (a beef, cajun salmon, and vegetarian pesto) along with dinner rolls & salad. We didn’t ask people to choose because everyone will be coming up to get served/serve themselves and people will have the option to have a little of everything if they want–not everyone will have some of everything–and an experienced caterer should know to make enough for people to try some of it all.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

Our caterer is going to have enough for one serving of each main course for each person. Our guests are going to be well fed – steak, lobster, chicken and stuffed portabella mushrooms. I have a tummy ache just thinking about it 😉

Post # 15
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Honey bee

With the new infomation, if people are only allowed one entree, that still defeats the purpose of a buffet and you are best off going with plated. The whole point of a buffet is to let people pick and choose what they want and how much of each thing. Limiting them to one entree per person makes no sense whatsoever and is not how true buffets are done. But people in this day and age tack on names to everything that don’t accurately describe what they are. In this case, what you are doing is not a buffet, no matter what the caterer chooses to call it. The caterer themselves sound really sketchy as well.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

umm — Ember, I have to disagree with you.

It is still a buffet, of sorts. Basically from what I am understanding is that it is more of “stationed” serving buffet.  Not all buffets need to be “old country buffet restaurant style” I don’t think the caterer is sketchy sounding at all. I think AnnieAAA was simply seeing how she could give the caterer a better idea of what guests may prefer.

After hearing the options, I think that equal portions will be fine as I think they offer two distinct options that are both pasta based (so less likely that people will demand full portions of each). If you are still concerned, as family and close friends what they would prefer out of the two… you may find that the options are pretty equal.

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