(Closed) Dinner buffets: Why all the hate?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@FutureMrsJohnston:  +1000 I love that its not cheaper, less expensive! 

 

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

The things I don’t like about buffets-

1. The waiting in line

2. People coughing, sneezing or touching the food 

3. It can be cold if you are last in line. I like my food HOT

4. People not using the correct serving utensils

5. Young Children serving themselves 

6. Food not labelled

7. Food not replenished quickly enough

These are the experiences that I have had.

I much prefer family style, plated or even cocktail but I’d never actually complain!!

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Our buffet turned out well.

I have never had one tasty plated meal. The meat is always overcooked or bland.

All the buffet weddings I have been to flowed smoothly and were so delicious.

 

We had:

Carving stations: 1 Ham, 1 Prime Rib

Salad Station

Rolls

Chicken strips with assorted dipping sauces

Twice baked potato skins

Stuffed mushrooms

Cheeses and fruits and veggies

 

Mmmm.

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@leenh78:  I’m having a buffet! My mom does not like it at all, she’s very traditional about things, but I told her that it was one of the few things Fiance wanted, and can’t he pick something? And anyways I’ve heard that the buffet at my venue is the best! Better than the plated dinners. 

Post # 37
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Bumble bee

I photograph a lot of weddings – dinner buffets, always the same kinda foods.  Gets old. Not always good either.  

Post # 38
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had a buffet and my guests absolutely loved it. We had hot, delicious Mexican food and it ended up being about $13/person. So, to the nay-sayers, I say “kiss it”.

Also, we didn’t serve the food. Caterers did. No one else touched it.

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I heard (from my caterer) that buffets are a very southern thing and plated dinners are more of a northern thing.  Funny since I am from and live in the south, less than half the weddings I’ve been to were a buffet. 

We are having a plated dinner with entree selection.  My caterer tried to convince me not to do this since it could cause serving errors and delays (understood).  I just think the plated dinner is more formal, and that was our wedding style.  I am giving the full dinner options on our RSVP cards so people still get a choice, they just have to make it ahead of time.  I agree that I don’t enjoy waiting in line while people pick apart the bins of food, and those that were first in line are done eating far in advance of those at the end of the line.  I am terrible at balancing food, silverware, napkins, and a drink.  By no means do I have any hate for the buffet!  It’s all a personal preference.

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@leenh78:  Hi! When inititally planning our wedding and knowing that we couldn’t have the venue for as long as we’d hoped, we looked at a buffet menu in order to feed the masses quickly so the party could get started. After speaking with some caterers, we found there were plenty of ways to serve a plated meal efficiently so we went with that.

I prefer plated receptions because I don’t like sitting there waiting for my table to be called, waiting in line, blah, blah, blah. However, I’ve also never been to a wedding where the buffet was amazing. I’ve only been to so-so, yucky wedding buffets. An amazing buffet might change my mind.

Bottom line, serve great food and your guests will be happy I’m sure!

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@ahigg396:  A Mexican buffet? Sounds wonnnnnnderful.

Post # 42
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Sugar bee

I’ve had good and bad experiences with both buffets and plated meals.  I think it comes down to the quality of the caterer and how well they manage the food and staff.  I’m going with a buffet because I like the variety and I’m dealing with a lot of picky eaters, food allergies, and vegetarians in my guest list.  Way easier to coordinate with a buffet than with a plated meal.  

Post # 43
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@LilRhodyGem:  We loved it! We had an outside caterer come in with drinks and had margaritas, sangria and Dos Equis with the food. So good.

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@leenh78:  Good for you! I see nothing wrong with a buffet personally. We’re doing sit down, but only because it is what I always envisions and we personally prefer that option.

 

I’ve heard complaints of not enough food and cold food. When you do a sit down dinner, you tend to get served around the same time. When you do a buffet, the first table is ready for more before the last table has even been called up. I usually end up at the last table, so I get the hate, though I don’t care.

 

Then again, I’m easy going. I only go to weddings if I’m close to the bride/groom or if I was invited and think they’re going to make it. I go for love, not for the hot chicken dish. 🙂

Post # 45
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I love buffets and so does my family. Personally, if I’m going to pay thousands of dollars for my familty to eat, I want to pick something that I know they will devour. I want them to eat until they can’t eat anymore and enjoy it. I have NEVER, EVER been to a banquet with a plate dinner and enjoyed it. The food was cold and sparse on the plate and I couldn’t get anymore if I was unsatisfied with the meal. Plus I have a few vegetarians and some picky eating children that will be there and I don’t have to make a special menu for them. They will be able to eat the things that accommodate their diets that are on the buffet. I’m from the south and my family loves a buffet. Sue ME! I have to be true to myself. LOL.

…and buffets are NOT cheap, here they are about the same as a plated dinner and you get more food, so it’s a better bargain to me.

Post # 46
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Personally, I love buffets at weddings! The food has always been much better and I can put whatever I want on my plate. 

We’re having family style because that’s what the restaurant offers, but I would have loved to have a buffet.

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