(Closed) Dinner buffets: Why all the hate?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 18
Hostess
7547 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

DH is quite easygoing but he hates buffets. He says it makes him uncomfortable to have everyone breathing on and touching his food. (Yes most people won’t touch with their hands but children ALWAYS do.) He also hates the feeling of being “herded” and waiting around while other people are eating. 

Personally, I prefer plated meals but I’m ok with buffets. 

Post # 19
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Lines, and they have an (undeserved) reputation for being cheaper! At our second choice venue, a plated 3-course meal was only $1/pp more expensive than a buffet!

Post # 20
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262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I don’t like or go to buffets in general. But, as a guest, I would suck it up for the bride/groom.

Post # 21
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723 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I like buffets because I can try a variety of food, choose exactly what I want, and the quantity 🙂

Post # 22
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2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

The venue we picked only serves buffet. We are talking $26 to $29 (before tax and gratuities) per person versus $49 to $52 (before tax & tips) per person for plated service.

We are going to have a raffle of table numbers of which table to go first — or if a couple would so incline to show how the bride & groom to kiss, that table can go first.

My main goal is for everyone to have fun and enjoy the food! (Food is awesome; we just had our tasting this past weekend)

Post # 23
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207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@MrsCasanova: My mother is insistent on the multiple lines. I guess with a large group of people it is important!  

Post # 24
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I dislike the long lines and how one table will basically be done eating by the time another gets their food. And the germs. Aahhhhhhhh I know it’s not a restaurant buffet but it still weirds me out lol.

Post # 25
Hostess
8573 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Most people hate them because the lines are long, and it seems informal to be grabbing a plate of food and finding your seat in dress clothes.

I don’t see the big deal though, and prefer them.

Post # 26
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2346 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

U generally have to overbuy for a buffet meaning u have to buy more than enough to make sure everybody has something to eat. To me, that is wasteful. Plated dinners mean I only pay for the food that is actually served for a guest to eat.

Post # 27
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624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I am having a buffet because its less expensive, not “cheaper.”  Its not like there will be a bunch of aluminum foil everywhere like a backyard bbq.  And I have yet to have a plated meal at a wedding where the food actually tastes good, the chicken is always bland, etc.  And as far as germs go, whats the difference with the people in the kitchen and all the servers breathing on and touching all the food?  lol  Having choices is a great thing.  🙂

Post # 28
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624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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@BeeG35:  You have a point, however average cost per head is still more for a plated dinner, and the guests can have more if they want with a buffet.  My venue will be packing up any leftovers for our wedding night, so thats another plus for me.  🙂

Post # 29
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750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

I have NEVER preferred a plated dinner at a wedding vs buffet. Love me some buffet!!!

Post # 30
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501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think the “some people are done while others are just sitting down to eat” argument can apply just as easily to plated meals, too – it just depends on how many lines (or servers) you have.  I’ve definitely received cold food more often at plated dinners (weddings and work events) than at buffets, though.

Personally, I really wanted to serve dinner family-style, but it was SUBSTANTIALLY more expensive in terms of tableware required and number of servings of food – plus we were almost guaranteed to have food go to waste based on how they calculated the platters.  So we’re having a buffet, but with 30 people max hopefully it’ll go quickly and smoothly.

Post # 31
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5187 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@leenh78:  I had a buffet and everyone loved it! We had a cold display, 5 hot entrees and a carving station with 2 selections, 2 vegetable selections, and potatoes. Viennese for dessert. Hors d’ouvres were passed though. I dislike plated dinners because often guests just end up sitting there staring at their plates because they don’t like the dish. Or they do like the dish but only get a small portion. 

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