(Closed) Buffet vs. Plates entree's

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll:
    Plated Entree's : (68 votes)
    47 %
    Buffet : (78 votes)
    53 %
  • Post # 3
    1830 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I’m having a seated/plated dinner service. It’s more elegant, your wedding guest are getting served and eating all at the same time.

    With a buffet they are waiting in line, and get called up table by table, so by the time the last table goes up to get in line, the first table that went up has finished eating.

    Post # 4
    259 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’m doing a buffet.  Every wedding I’ve gone to that had a plated dinner ended up with someone at the table not feeling full, someone not liking part of the dish, etc.  I don’t think there’s anything elegant about that.

    Fiance and I agreed that our families are more “buffet” type people, lol.  Plenty of picky eaters that would prefer to choose their own portion sizes of food they actually know they will like instead of all of that being decided for them.

    We (the bride and groom) plan on getting our plates first so we can finish and begin our first dance and all of that so the guests can watch while they eat their dinners.

    Post # 5
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We’re having a plated dinner, but I’m so nervous it won’t work out.   I’m just nervous about the whole wedding in general, though.

    Post # 6
    551 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    agree, we are all picky eaters and some are hefty eaters (ha) and some are lighter, so we are doing a buffet, our guest list is smaller too, so that helps. I could see a large wedding with a buffet being a problem? but it’s really what YOU want 😉

    Post # 7
    33 posts
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We had a buffet and were told by many people that we had the best wedding food ever! I think you have more opportunity to be creative with the menu with a buffet style. Plated dinners are often your standard chicken, fish, steak options and are somewhat boring. Another thing that’s nice about buffet’s is that the guests get to choose what they want that day and can get as much as they would like. Plus, the food is hot whereas several of the seated dinners I have been to the food comes out cold. Obviously I’m more of a fan of buffets than plated, but that’s just my opinion. 

    Post # 8
    822 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think buffet is great for small wedding parties since it allows people to mingle and chat.  That is one thing I actually do not like about seated dinner, many times I’m stuck to one place for a good chunk of time and don’t get to spend much time with other people in the wedding whom I might not have seen for a long while.  That being said the advantage of a seated dinner is that you don’t have to wait smelling all that wonderful food especially if you are starving!  That and, of course, it is more formal.  I think it really depends on the number of people and the theme/feel of the wedding one wants.

    Post # 9
    6341 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We’re having a mix: the starter and dessert will be served to the table, and the main course (entree) will be a buffet. We’re doing this because it would be impossible to choose a main that everyone would enjoy, and adding in extra choices was going to cost an additional $22 a head: money I’d rather put behind the bar for the evening reception. Having a buffet means a decent choice (rib-eye steak; pan-fried salmon fillet; a chicken dish TBC; plus a ton of salad, pasta, and veg options) so everyone will get something they enjoy, and we only have 50 guests and 5 tables, so the wait shouldn’t be long.

    If we were having a larger wedding, we would have everything served to the table, and would just make custs elsewhere in order to give people a choice.

    Post # 10
    96 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    We’re not doing either. We decided on food stations. I liked the idea of stations because I wanted people to be up and moving around, and I also wanted them to be able to choose what they wanted to eat. 

    I’ve been to plated receptions that were good, but usually, like one of the previous posters mentioned – there’s something you won’t like about it, or they give some plates huge portions while other people get puny portions. I’ve also been to buffet dinners and been the LAST table called and that was just horrendous. We were starving by the time it was our turn like 90 minutes after the buffet opened. Awful.


    I’ve only been to one other wedding with stations and it worked out pretty well. I got food at the stations on one side of the room and Fiance got food at the meat station on the other side of the room and we just shared everything. A lot of people seemed sort of confused at first, but once they got it and realized they could pick what they wanted and eat as much as they wanted, they defintely got over it. 

    Post # 11
    951 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’ve always preferred plated dinners over buffets – but only when it is a high quality plated dinner. I’ve had a $20 per head plated dinner and it was awful, but I’ve been to a number of events that have $100 per head 4-5 course plated dinners and they are to die for. After having those types of meals, I would never choose a buffet over them.

    I think plated dinners (when consideration is made for the quality and quantity of food) are a much more refined style of eating. I personally hate the table number calling and lineups that come with buffets. 

    I am doing a 4 course plated dinner (plus canapes and cake of course) for my reception at a fine dining restaurant (we have booked the whole restaurant) and it will be plenty of food – even for big eaters like my FI! We have a choice of 4 entrees – tenderloin, rack of lamb, lobster, and a vegetarian option. Our meals will run in the neighborhood of $90 per head, but it’s money well spent for the meal offered!

    Of course there is a risk with plated dinners if you are using a catering company. Definitely sample the meal and the options before you make your decision.

    Post # 12
    1649 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2000

    I’m doing a buffet because my wedding will be on the beach and very casual. 

    The weddings I’ve gone to have been mostly plated and I dont ever remember being crazy about the food.  I did go to a wedding where the couple had a buffet and the food was actually very good and found alot more variety there. Only thing about the buffet is they call you up by table, and that reminds me a little of elementary school where you have to wait your turn.  Flip side is that guests can pick and choose what they want to eat.

    Post # 14
    2457 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Plated. Everyone gets to eat at the same time. My guests loved it. Really added to the classiness, too 🙂

    Post # 15
    8446 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think it depends on the size of your wedding.  As a guest, I prefer the buffet as long as there isn’t a huge line.  I usually have to eat around things on a plated meal due to food allergies, a buffet lets me avoid these foods altogether.  If it is a medium or large wedding, I feel plated is easier.

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