Post # 1
We are trying to decide between having a traditional buffet or having multiple stations offered during our reception. So I’m turning to y’all for some feedback!
Both options include a cocktail hour (1 stationary hors d’oeuvres, 6 passed hors d’oeuvres). Our wedding is an evening wedding, if that influences your choice at all. The price difference is $15/person. So which would you prefer as a guest?
Buffet – includes salad, 2 entrees, 1 starch, 1 vegetable
Stations – 3 separate themed stations, each include 2 “main dishes,” a vegetable and 1-2 sides (examples of themes: mediterranean, creole, southwest, etc.)
Post # 3
Stations!!! They’re so much fun – we’re going to do them for our at-home reception when we return from our Destination Wedding.
Post # 4
@ImmaBee: I’m biased because we’re doing stations. At our venue it was cheaper than a buffet and I think it looks much nicer when it’s set up (no long line of foil pans).
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
The stations seem like way more variety and more potential to have interesting dishes, so as a guest I would really like that. However, your guests will never miss what they never had, so if the buffet is the cheaper option and you want to save some money, I certainly don’t see a problem with it!
Post # 6
I like stations because you can get more variety. I went to one once with a stir fry station that was awesome (veggies, meats, noodles, etc) and I love jalapenos and put them in mine but they filled the entire room with eye-burning jalapeno air…so you might want to think about what ingredients are out there! I had to clear the room.
I will say, I feel that lines at stations are the same as buffets. That’s because at some of them (like the one above) it does take time to cook your food…so people will still wait. I probably waited 10 minutes to get my food at that one.
Post # 7
@sunshine1988: I definitely agree with the fun factor that comes with stations. Our wedding is at an aquarium, and I am digging the idea of having more interactive food options to get our guests moving throughout the exhibits.
I like the idea of stations personally, but unfortunately, they are the pricier option at our venue.
Ha, well, that’s good to know! I never would’ve thought about the dangers of jalapenos.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I love the idea of stations. I have only seen this at one wedding and I loved it.
Post # 9
@ImmaBee: stations are more fun but also I don’t have to wait in line to get my Mediterranean food just because its on a Buffett with a bunch of stuff I don’t want so I think as a guest it is a lot nicer
Post # 10
Stations for whatever reason make me think the food is ‘fresher’ I vote for that.
Post # 11
@beachbride1216: Same! My friend had it, and I thought it was genius.
Post # 12
We did stations so I’m biased, but I really think you get more food, there’s more options, and it cuts down on one giant long line. People can graze and mingle all night, seems more party like. I’ve been to a lot of weddings with stations and it always seems like people are fans!
Post # 13
Stations are cool and all, but I’m practical and frugal. If the buffet is equally delicious, go with the cheaper route and use that money somewhere else!
Post # 14
As a guest I’d rather have stations! But as the person paying, I’d rather host a buffet!
Post # 15
@littlemisst08: I tend to be more practical as well, which is why I am conflicted about this choice.
Post # 16
I’ve never heard of stations until this post and I absolutely LOVE the idea!!! I’d almost be jealous, except I just decided on my caterer literally this morning! Ha. Needless to say, my vote was for stations.