Post # 1
I always imagined a plated sit down reception but my fiance LOVES the idea of a buffet. He prefers having a larger quantity and variety and really doesn’t want a sit down. My issue is that I want it to be as nice and elegant as possible while pleasing him as well. The compromise so far is we are having carving stations and passed hors d’ouvres during cocktail hour. I keep feeling like this will appear to be “cheap”. This is in no way cheaper than plated, in fact plated would be less expensive. We are spending quite a bit on our wedding so I don’t want it to look so casual & “cheapy”. Right now for buffet it’s about $80 PP. Opinions on Buffet vs. Plated?
Post # 3
Personally I am a BIG fan of buffet. I really dont like plated b/c it tends to get cold and it gives people the chance to get more/ less food and different things
Post # 4
I love buffets so much more than plated. I’m a very picky eater so it’s nice to be able to pick what I want to eat, and I hate that I usually waste half the food on my plate for plated dinners b/c I just don’t like it.
I just went to one wedding that was black tie and had a buffet. It was a very fancy buffet with fancy food.
Post # 5
i love buffets! i hate having to choose a meat and a side…. with the buffet you can have as much or as little of each thing as you like. its much more versatile and i dont think it looks cheap at all!
Post # 6
I agree with @mishelleez. I also don’t really think having passed hors d’oeuvres and a carving station will appear cheap either.
We are actually having a Strolling Reception. That’s the exact wording that went on the invitation.
We are having a few carving stations and then mini-entree stations. This way people can get up at their leisure and stroll to find what will appeal to them for dinner.
I’m not such a huge fan of the plated meal at weddings to begin with either. Limited options.
Post # 7
In my experience, the food with a plated dinner is generally better than at a buffet, so I tend to prefer plated dinner. I also don’t like standing in line, and would rather be on the dance floor waiting for my food to be brought to me. I personally also think that plated dinners are more formal and more elegant.
Post # 8
We went with a buffet dinner, which actually was far more expensive than a duo entree plated dinner. Our guests loved it and we have been receiving raving reviews about how great the food was and it made planning so much easier when doing the table assignments. We had a hand carved prime rib station where the chef cuts the prime rib for you and places it on the plate, filet mignon, an iced portion of crab legs and shrimp, 2 chickens, 4 salads, 2 pastas, scalloped potatoes and a few different vegetable options. We also had an Italian Sweets bar in addition to our wedding cake. At first, I wasn’t too keen on the buffet idea, but when I heard about how much food and how delicious the food was, it sounded good and when I actually saw it, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it turned out.
Post # 9
I have to go against the crowd here. I prefer a plated dinner over buffet.
I feel like when you have so many people in one room making thier way through buffet lines it’s can feel less like a party and more like a buffet restaurant. I think that having a plated dinner with two or three options gives the same flexibility as a buffet and avoids the akward table calling or line waiting or people herding.
Plated dinners can also be less expensive and less time consuming, so more time for people to socialize at the table and to get to dancing faster.
Post # 10
I love buffets! I am a picky eater and I usually end not liking what comes on a plated dinner, sometimes I don’t even like the chicken and I don’t eat seafood which is usually the other option. I like that with buffets I can pick options that i’ll actually eat and that I can take the amount I will eat and not have a ton leftover like pp have said! Plus if all the food is good you get to try a little bit of everything!
Post # 11
If a buffet is done well, then I’m ok with it.
However, I agree with @hilsy85:
in that I also hate standing in line at weddings for food.
Call me picky, but a plated dinner is best to me when it’s served “live”- as in right from the kitchen, not pre-made and served in hot plates. When looking at meal options, I’d recommend asking about how the food would be served.
Post # 12
We went with both!!
During cocktail hour, we had 2 buffet stations (an Asian themed station and a Pasta station) and 6 types of passed appetizers. And for dinner, we had a 5 course plated meal and the entree was a selection the guests made at dinner. In hindsight, it was a LOT of food. Several guests didn’t realize that there would be a plated meal while the buffet was being served and chowed down. And the plated meal was in the main reception room and much more elegant and appropriate for the wedding we wanted to have. But, I am very happy to hear all the guests felt very well fed and treated well throughout the entire evening. Plus, everyone needed to put some food away in order to prepare for how much they would end up drinking that night!
Post # 13
I find buffets are most comfortable. so that’s what I prefer and voted for. I definitely tend to think of plated suppers as “fancier” though. It depends what feeling you want to give your guests.
Post # 14
I am fine with a buffet. stations idea is great and as long as the coordinator keeps the flow going its fine…
Post # 15
I prefer buffets but don’t truely care either way. I just like to get food! But like many PPs, I’m a picky eater so a buffet allows me to get enough of things I like to be full and not waste food the B&G paid for. Being able to try multiple entrees is nice too! And I don’t think they are any less classy than a plated dinner – its all in what types of food are being served!
Post # 16
Personally i like plated. I feel weird at buffets waiting to be called up and then standing in line with everyone, etc. I also do agree that a buffet would feel less formal than plated service.