(Closed) buffet or sit down meal?

posted 9 years ago in Food
  • poll: buffet or sit down meal
    buffet : (34 votes)
    46 %
    sit down meal : (40 votes)
    54 %
  • Post # 3
    419 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m a vegetarian and it’s SO much easier for me to get to choose my own food with buffet. With that said, I do prefer stations to buffet, though I’ve seen a good amount of people use them interchangeably and refer to stations as buffet. But I have no problem getting up to get my food, I like that it feels more social. I see a downside to true buffets which of course are the lines and sometimes there is mainstreamed food. But I still tend to prefer stations or buffet.

    Post # 4
    7941 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    As a former vegetarian and a texture concerned eater I really picky about what I eat so I much prefer buffet. Plus it allows for guests to mingle a bit rather than only socializing with those at their assigned tables.

    Post # 5
    251 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Buffet for me was more affordable and that trumps ANYTHING. I do like that my guests get to eat a little of everything.  We’re having 3 entrees, one specifically vegetarian but even the non-vegetarians can eat that as well. I personally love buffets because I like options.

    Post # 6
    259 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I really wanted suit down meals. I just didn’t want people to have to get up and serve themselves. 

    Post # 7
    6580 posts
    Bee Keeper

    We’re doing buffet.  I’m a picky eater and I love buffet so I can take what I want.  We also liked the idea that people could have more of what they wanted and not have to eat something they don’t like.

    Post # 8
    3501 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Sit down.  There are tons of reasons.  But its always more formal.  Everyone is guaranteed what they expect.  No one is running around the room.  A lot of people have a germ issue with the buffet.  I’ve been to both and prefer the sit down.  I’ve never been to a stationed buffet one tho, I dont know if I would feel differently.

    Post # 9
    761 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I wanted plated soooo bad because that’s what our family has always thought of ‘nice’ meals being but when we went over the caterer stuff last week we couldn’t justify the extra $$$ for a crapload less food. We get WAY more food with the buffet than the plated for $1500 less.

    What are these buffet stations bees?

    Post # 10
    2503 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I prefer sit-down, although this takes into account that I, as a vegetarian, have reasonably accomodated (meaning they are serving me the correct meal).

    Sit down meals – advantages:

    – No waiting in line for food. I feel like a barnyard animal waiting for food when I’m waiting for a buffet line to move.

    – Neatly plated. I don’t like my food touching (haha) and sauce dripping down the side. I also don’t like serving myself and the potential to get myself, the table or the floor dirty.

    – No looking like a pig because your plate is piled high or because you go for seconds.

    However, I do like tapas style stations quite a bit as I like having a lot of different flavors and it’s not one giant line for everything.

    Post # 11
    409 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I prefer sit down. There was no price difference with our venue between buffet and sit down it was. I don’t like buffets for a variety of reasons, namely having to wait while others are eating (was recently at a wedding where we were the 2nd to last table served and my food was cold), germs, and generally I don’t feel like getting up and getting my food and carrying it around when I’m all dressed up (mainly because I’m clumsy and make a mess not because I’m lazy). That’s just me though

    Post # 12
    1082 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Buffet all the way!!  It’s a crapshoot whether the meal you pick for a sit-down dinner will be any good.  You are often stuck with something you don’t want to eat (and I’m not picky, either) and have to watch others eat something that looks waaayyy better.   

    I worked in catering, too, so there are a few other things I’ve noted.  Plated dinners usually get plated hours in advance and then go into the hot box.  Their temperature will vary depending on where they are (some will be super hot, some not so much).  Many meals will get slightly overcooked — especially ones like prime rib, chicken.  Buffet food gets put in the hot box, too.  But, it goes in in large quantities, which helps keep things nice and moist.  And, things like prime rib aren’t sliced in advance for buffets.  Ususally you get a carving station and people can get exactly the cut they want (and lots of sauces to choose from).  And vegetarians have more to choose from at a buffet as well. 

    Post # 13
    160 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Buffet is usually a lot cheaper (don’t have to hire waiters!) and lets guests choose what they want to eat instead of what a couple of people think everyone will like.

    Post # 14
    1263 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Buffet, hands down. Not only are they generally cheaper, but everyone gets to choose what they’re having, so there’s not complaining about the food (unless everything tastes crap). Plus it promotes mingling and socialising, particularly at dessert time – there are people that won’t want dessert, so they might get up and start dancing, which leaves some chairs and tables free for people to swap seats if they want to sit with other friends/family members.

    Probably the only thing I don’t like about buffets is I think it can look a little tacky(?) to have everyone lining up for food but, given the advantages, buffets are heaps better than sit-down meals.

    Post # 15
    7519 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    @Treejewel19:  Agree- as a vegetarian I prefer a buffet as I can grab what I want and more vegies if needed rather than asking friends/family sitting next to me- are you not eating your brussell sprouts? No then can I?

    Post # 16
    1281 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @j_jaye:  same, exept i just dont eat red meat, not a vegetarian.

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