(Closed) Buffet or Sit-Down Meal

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Buffet can be classy.  We did it because there was no kitchen in our venue, and it was cheaper.  I think as long as it is executed properly (call table by table, not have everyone come up at once) that it can work with any level of class.

Post # 3
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yes it can still be classy. I went to a beautiful/formal wedding at a country club last summer, they had a buffet, it was very elegant 🙂

Post # 4
4824 posts
Honey bee

Is it full out buffet or stations?

Meaning is it a buffet where its one long table and tables get called up? Or stations opend for a longer period of time where people can go up when they want?

P.S. and no that is not normal at all. They should at least have warming boxes if they cant make and plate the food fresh. I would look for another caterer. A caterer is there to please, he is not serving you and your needs.

A buffet is fine if that is what you want. I just wouldnt do it for a large party. How many people?

Post # 5
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

The last several weddings I’ve been to were buffets. 

Here’s what makes them more classy:

1.  Having servers serve you – vs. serving yourself.

2.  Not having long lines – ie: only excuse a few tables at a time and/or have multiple stations.

I really had my heart set on served dinner (too many BAD buffet experiences) –  so, that’s the route we went.  If you really want served, then keep hunting.  You’ll find someone that will work with you.

Post # 6
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are doing a buffet, for cost and practicality reasons (our venue only has a teeny kitchen)

I think as long as the food is good, and it is executed well, it doesn’t matter. You can have a schmancy seated/served dinner, but if the food sucks and is cold, that’s all people are going to remember.

Post # 7
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I prefer buffet. I’m picky so that way I can get what I want and not waste any food. I think they can be classy, just depends what you’re serving.

Post # 8
26 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

Initially I really wanted a sit-down dinner, but my Fiance said he liked the idea of a buffet because people get up and socialize and don’t feel glued to their seats.  I don’t see why a buffet wouldn’t be classy, especially if it’s organized and tables are called up one by one.  If you feel comfortable with your caterer and decide a buffet is fine, I don’t see a need to switch caterers. 

Post # 9
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We liked buffet better because as a super picky eater  myself, I like to pick and choose what I want.  Our buffet was served on plain white platters, rather than chaffing dishes, which I think made it look a lot nicer.  I think it’s also important for the staff to excuse tables individually so there’s no big long line you’re just standing in.  My guests went up by table, and the food was topped off and served onto their plates.  I think the taste and quality of the food is what’s most important, not whether it’s served sit down or buffet style.

Post # 10
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve been to many an elegent and classy buffet.  I actually prefer buffets at weddings if I’m being perfectly honest.

Post # 11
2018 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I say plated because waiting in line for food is such a drag.  Even if you get more choice with a buffet or the food tastes slightly better, it’s offset by having to wait in line for an hour.  In heels.  With a plate in hand. Starving.

I’d rather be served at a table any day. 

Post # 12
20 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

I definitely prefer buffet style. I am bored sitting around having to wait for every table to be served. The first ones tend to be finished while there are some still waiting on the entree. I see that all the time. So then if you are one of the first you are BORED waiting for the dancing to start.  With buffet, you can mingle , you can check out a photobooth or maybe photos if the bride has those set out. Anything but sitting stuffily at a table where you may or may not know half the folks.  I also agree with those that mention the selections of foods . Seems like the buffet always offers multiple choices and i like to have a “little” of a variety in case one or the other is just not what I thought – then you have choices on your plate.  As for being “classy”, it’s in the presentation and also whether the food is delicious and hot or not. I’ve had enough cold plated dinners for a lifetime. Long live the buffet!

Post # 13
3254 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Honestly, they should be able to give you either option.

We did a buffet and it was great. It was also much more affordable than a plated dinner and worked out well when a few of our guests didn’t show and a few of our guests unfortunately brought dates they hadn’t run by us first. 

I think buffet dinners can certainly be classy. Buffet doesn’t always equal Golden Corral. lol.

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