(Closed) How do you make a buffet classy?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
911 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia

Have you checked dafont.com?

Post # 5
4419 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Okay… I’m a little confused by the response you got about fonts when you were asking about making a buffet classy, but I’m going to go with what you asked.

We had a buffet at our reception, and it was so beautiful and classy. 

Our tables were set, and everyone took their plates up to the buffet line. Servers actually dished the servings out for people, so no one was actually serving themselves. I think it was a little more elegant than everyone grabbing a serving spoon and dishing the food out themselves. 

We had thought about having a plated service, but then we would not have been able to have the mismatched dishes be the decor of the tables. 

Post # 6
911 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia

@DoctorandDrLady:  hee hee

Sorry, I’m quick!

Post # 7
1917 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think interactive food stations definitely make a difference.  Think about adding a carving station.  We also had a shrimp and grits station for ours.

Post # 8
46375 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The buffet itself will look more elegant if the caterer uses silver chafing dishes etc instead of stainless steel. Also ask for silver serving utensils. Use white cloths of course and mix in pieces of crystal and silver where you can e.g crystal butter dishes , use a large silver punch bowl for buns and breads.

Add some candles in hurricane vases.

If your Mom is worried about you getting food in your wedding dress, you can ask the caterer to make up two plates for the bride and groom.

Post # 9
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think sometimes you just need to embrace the buffet. Our venue (a microbrewery) only offers buffets – but we’re not going for some super fancy type of affair – heck, we’re going to serve bratwurst (local, beer boiled, fancy bratwurst, but bratwurst all the same), and fish and chips.

I REALLY like it, though, when there are menues on the table, listing what is available at the buffet. It avoids the “is this chicken or pork?” “are there mushrooms in this sauce?” holdup.

Post # 10
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

what about family style buffet??

Post # 11
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

As noted by a pp, almost every wedding I have ever been to has been buffet, and never once was a bride standing in a buffet line.  The caterers/coordinators always serve the bride and groom first at the table, then the guests line up for their food.

So you can ease your FI’s mind by letting him know, you wouldn’t be standing in line.

Post # 12
580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We had a buffet…we used lots of (real) silver serving trays, pretty cut glass bowls and trays, silver serving spoons, battenburg lace tablecloths, etc. I’d say that a 99% of it is in the presentation.  Also, we didn’t put out enormous amounts of food at a time…we filled the trays, but we didn’t pile stuff on there. When something ran low, more was brought out. 

Post # 13
15 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

I don’t think buffets are un-classy.  I think most people want to pick out what they want.  They don’t want someone to serve them a plate with pre-determined food.  Most people would rather choose what they want and what they don’t want on a buffet.  Most of the buffets i’ve seen are very well put together and there’s nothing wrong with that.  It would have cost me more money to have a seated dinner than a buffet and I would have been getting the exact same amount of food.  I would have just been paying extra for the chargers and to have my guests served.

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