(Closed) Buffet vs. Stations

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which option would you prefer?



  • Post # 3
    129 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
    1184 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @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
    2143 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • 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
    8067 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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 # 8
    6593 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • 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
    666 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @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
    429 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Stations for whatever reason make me think the food is ‘fresher’ I vote for that.

    Post # 12
    442 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    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
    2469 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    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
    8700 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    As a guest I’d rather have stations! But as the person paying, I’d rather host a buffet!

    Post # 16
    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    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.

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