(Closed) Buffet with appetizers or plated dinner with no appetizers?

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which of these would you prefer as a guest at a large formal wedding?
    Hot hand-passed apps during the cocktail hour and a buffet dinner : (34 votes)
    48 %
    A few small snacks during the cocktail hour and a plated dinner : (37 votes)
    52 %
  • Post # 17
    2649 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    double post

    Post # 18
    288 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I think plated dinners are for a more formal event, while buffets are more casual.  Could you imagine 300 people trying to get to a buffet? Cry

    Post # 19
    879 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think even if you have two buffet stations, for your large guest count you definitely will have people waiting in line for their food which never equals fun.  The main reason why I would not choose a buffet is that not everyone eats at the same time.  If you can avoid this, then I would go for more food 🙂  But for a formal reception, a seated dinner sounds better.  Plated dinners are more expensive because you need to pay for the servers, etc.

    Post # 20
    1211 posts
    Bumble bee

    Sorry I voted before reading. For 200-300 people go plated. Buffet would take aaaaages.

    Post # 21
    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I like buffets myself, but if you want a real formal vibe the plated dinner would fit that better

    Edit: PPs bring up a really good point, 300 ppl is way too many for a buffet.

    Post # 23
    11165 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    I voted for hand-passed appetizers during the cocktail hour and a buffet dinner because that is what we are doing and our wedding is also very formal.

    We came to the conclusion of buffet because it not only allows people to fill up on what they like (rather than starving and wasting things on their plates if they don’t like it) but also it encourages mingling which doesn’t often happen with larger weddings.


    Post # 24
    826 posts
    Busy bee

    Plated!  I always feel like I’m competing with the other guests for the food when there’s a buffet lol.

    Edit:  Whops, didn’t notice your update…long day+sleepy=poor reading skills lol 

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