- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I have probably attended 15-20 weddings over my lifetime, and every single one of them has had a buffet-style dinner. It’s what’s common in my area, even among those who may be considered “well off” or “snobby.”
So I was shocked when I started watching 4 Weddings and reading on this board how much people HATE buffets! And their reasonings behind the hatred was even more mind-boggling. So I felt obligated to write this post.
* Long Lines: If your caterer knows what they’re doing, this will not be an issue. If you have over 150 people, you have TWO buffet lines. And the caterers calls up 1-3 tables at a time. All 200+ guests don’t charge the table at once! That’s craziness! I have never waited in a buffet line longer than 5 minutes. Average I’d say would be about 2-3 minutes.
* Cold Food: Again, if you have a good caterer, the food will be prepped in the venue’s kitchen (or other free space). And the food is heated by sternos (or another heat source) the entire time it’s on the table. Why would anyone just plop a tray of food on a table and let it sit there forever? I don’t ever remember having cold food at a buffet, even if it was a picnic graduation party outside at a park!
* “People breathing on my food” – I get that some people have some OCD issues with this (seriously or hypothetically — my cousin has OCD). But the thing is, even if you have a plated dinner …. um, the servers/cooks would still be “breathing” on your food. Not to mention the other people at your table.
*Bridal Party/elderly/young kids having difficulties — This is another responsibility of the caterer. My caterer assists everyone in the bridal party with getting their food so there’s less chance of them spilling it all over their formal clothing. And there will be a few matrie’d(s) present to assist anyone who may have trouble carrying a plate.
* Lack of choices — It’s been my personal experience that buffets offer WAY more choice than plated dinners. At our wedding, we will have 2 salads, rolls, 3 entrees, 2 pastas, 2 vegetables, and a potato. Not to mention h’or dourves (sp?), coffee, tea, and a punch fountain. I’d rather be able to pick and choose my food than have one selection placed in front of me and that’s the end of it. (I know sometimes you have an option of plated dinners, but I’ve heard horror stories about bloody steaks being served with infitesimal amounts of veggies and that’s ALL there is for dinner).
I get that sometimes caterers just screw up or don’t have enough experience to pull off a successful buffet. And I’m not trying to “hate” on any other options, I’m just wondering if I’m the only person out there who doesn’t understand the overwhelming loathing when it comes to buffets!