Post # 1
What do you think works best?
I like the idea of guests picking their own food, getting up and moving around, mingling…But, I also like the thought of them being served and not having to do much.
Post # 3
I love being served…
-Food comes out all together
-No waiting around for everyone to get their food
-Food looks pretty and plated (vs. glopped on)
I dislike buffets for weddings because:
-It’s difficult for elderly guests or small children
-The food is usually very saucy to keep it from drying out
-All the hands touching the same serving spoons (it’s much better if someone is serving up the food!)
-Tables have to wait for others to go first – causing some to finish as others are just serving
-Carrying food back to the table opens up potential spills/clothing getting ruined, etc.
Post # 4
I’ll be keeping an eye on this post as I’m trying to decide the same thing. Just wanted to throw out there an idea I saw on 4 Weddings the other day- serviced buffet. Not the traditional type with servers lopping everything on your plate but you pick & choose yourself & they had servers at the end of the line to hold & walk your plate back to your seat. Never heard of that before the show & it prevents slips/falls/spills
Post # 5
@BeckyS0: I saw that episode too! 🙂 I actually liked that idea a lot.
@oracle: Good points. thanks for that!
Also, I added a poll!
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I prefer service rather than buffet. me + heels + fancy dress + walking with a plate full of food = disaster just waiting to happen. That, and everyone breathing all over the food I am about to eat. That part skeeves me out.
Post # 9
@lovekiss: That makes sense. I’ve been to two weddings in my adult life and they have both been serving style. I liked that because I got to sit down, people watch, while food miraculously appeared in my plate. However, that also made people a little stiff. Like no one was moving around for a while…but then the music and booze came on so things changed.
Post # 10
We had stations/buffet and guests raved about it. The food was amazing and they were able to go up for seconds.
We had under 100 guests so nobody waited very long to get their food, and there were servers there to help the elderly get their food.
Post # 11
I’ve been to served plated meals and buffet, events. There is always a wait regardless.
Plated/served: Not every table gets their meals at the same time, often the served meal has a shorter wait, but then you only get one dish at a time and have to wait for each remaining course of the meal. Cheaper then buffets, less food options. Guests are given a set meal, with maybe an option on the meat, and if they don’t like it they are SOL.
Buffets: If not done properly, can cause a large wait for guests to even get their first course, but they don’t have to wait between each course for the next. Food can get cold. more expensive, but you give your guests more options for food. Guests can take only what they like, and as much as they like.
Post # 13
@Bostongrl25: I’m glad it all worked out! Buffets can get messy if they’re not done right. Sounds like your was spot on. 🙂
@drummerbride: That’s true. Sometimes when seated your food arrives cold. The fact that it’s cheaper is definitely more appealing though hehe. Btw, what does SOL mean?
Post # 15
@drummerbride: OH haha. Thanks 😛 Too many acronyms to keep track of.
Post # 16
I have preferred buffets at the weddings we’ve been to because with servers I’ve felt like I was being held hostage at my seat. If there was someone at another table I wanted to go talk to, I had to wait until the meal was completed– and everyone was served and finished at different times, but we were sitting and waiting for the serving staff until they MC made it clear that we could get up and move around. With buffet you have groups of people moving, it feels more natural, and the movement allows those that finish eating first to not feel as though they need to sit and wait for the last group before being able to visit with other guests.