(Closed) Buffet or plated dinner

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What is classier Buffet or Plated



  • Post # 3
    2444 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    I guess a plated meal is classier.  However, there is nothing unclassy about a buffet other than people standing in line.  However, my cousin had 400 people at her wedding and a buffet (buffets seem to be less expensive) and it went ok.  Luckily I was family and one of the first in line lol.  People will be happy with whatever you choose.  We are probably going to have buffet style just because people can choose what they prefer to eat and not put what they don’t want on their plate.

    Post # 4
    5229 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I far prefer plated at formal events. There are few things more annoying than having to stand in line and hold plates when all dressed up. I have never once been to a wedding, plated or buffet, at which I didn’t get enough food. From a sustainability perspective (something important to me), buffets mean much more waste since exact numbers cannot be predicted. For this reason, they sometimes cost more too, but that varies widely from vendor to vendor. I also HATE having my salad and my dinner plate at a nice event at the same time. I want to get my salad, eat it, have it taken away, and then eat my dinner.

    Post # 5
    730 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m sure the plated meal would be considered “classier” but it really depends on the number of guests, the experience your carterer has with weddings and the setup of your venue.


    We had a buffet.  Glad we did.  We had 110 people, everyone got through the buffet in 20 minutes.  (They had two tables of food, so it was surprisingly fast for people to get through the line.)


    Buffets are really awesome for that…and MANY people complimented the food as well— and were happy that they could go back for more food if they wanted as well.


    **But it truly depends on the food service you’re using and the venue.  I’ve been to buffets that sucked.  I’ve had plated meals that were cold and took a LONG time to arrive at every guest’s place.  

    Post # 6
    457 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Plated, every time I go to buffet weddings the food is cold and you are line for like 30 mins waiting or everyone else is done while your table still isn’t called up to eat

    Post # 7
    7960 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    i think plated is classier.  i am not a fan of buffets, especially at weddings.  i find it awkward for guests when they are all dressed up and wearing high heels not to mention a wedding gown.

    Post # 8
    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Classier option is Plated but I prefer Buffet. It’s easier, cheaper and gives the guest more options.

    Post # 9
    296 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m doing buffet, never even considered a plated dinner as you usually pay an incredible amount of money for a tiny amount of food.

    And I’ve never been to a wedding where I have had to stand in line at a buffet for more then 5 minutes, so I’m not sure what these ladies are talking about. You usually have someone call up tables at a time so you just go up when your table is called and once your table is done the next table is called up. Seems relatively quick to me.

    Post # 10
    7 posts
    • Wedding: December 2014

    Plated is probably the classier option. However we are going buffet…last plated wedding I went to there were so many people who got the wrong food! The bride was stressed and angry over this so we decided to eliminate this stress and let people snatch up their own food! 🙂 however I do love plated dinners!

    Post # 11
    546 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

    We’re doing buffet, with 150-180 guests. More choices, we don’t have to wrangle who gets what dish, and our venue, caterer, and DJ have all worked together before and assured us that they can get people through the line quickly. I would definitely suggest seeing if you can have either two buffets or a two-sided buffet (people can be on either side of the buffet table) because it goes faster.

    Post # 12
    2468 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I had plated at my wedding and it was actually CHEAPER than the buffet option. anyways I voted plated because it’s so nice to have plated. 

    Post # 13
    5259 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    No question- PLATED!

    I hate buffets, my family won’t even eat from them, and who wants to stand in a line all dressed to the 9s?

    Post # 14
    320 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I’m doing a plated dinner, I think it’s better than standing in a line waiting for food.

    Post # 15
    1375 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think plated is the more fancy option, but we are going with buffet for a few reasons. I have really agonized over this decision! Here’s why we’re going with buffet:

    – I have been to some nice weddings, but I’ve never had a plated meal that I thought was just AWESOME. It is really hard to prep food for 150+ people on individual plates, keep it warm/fresh, and serve it all at the same time. I think it is a little easier to keep a buffet fresh.

    – My venue/caterer is a little old school, and some of their choices aren’t up to my standards (table linens that don’t go to the floor, old chairs, etc). I am taking care of those decor items with outside vendors, but obviously catering and service is through the venue. I am concerned they would have less servers than I think would be necessary to get the food all out fresh and hot.

    – I am kind of a picky eater, and for that reason, I prefer buffets at weddings. I like that our guests will have 3 entree options and lots of side dish options, in the portions they want.

    – It saves the trouble of having to indicate a food preference on RSVP and escort cards. Still doing assigned tables, but it will be much easier.

    – My Fiance likes buffets. LOVE buffets, actually! I’m more meh on them, and this is a secondary reason, but I thought it would be nice for him to be able to have a buffet at his reception!

    I think you have to do buffet well. There should be servers who can help those with mobility issues, and they need to clear plates promptly. You should at least have two buffet lines (double-sided), if not more, depending on how many guests you have. Drinks should be available on the table, and I like to see some sort of appetizer either being butlered or on the tables while people are waiting. Your emcee needs to be really good at dismissing tables for the buffet, and possibly have a server walk around as tables are being dismissed as people get distracted in conversation.

    Both can be very classy. I think a lot of people have strong opinions one way or the other, but whatever you choose, the key is to work with the strengths of that choice and do things to mitigate the weaknesses.

    Post # 16
    7384 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I much, much prefer buffets. I’ve only been to one plated dinner and it was awful (that had more to do with the food and service than anything, but had it been a buffet, I would have gotten food I would have eaten instead of tofu and mushrooms).

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