Post # 1
Our Venue is taking care of providing food for our guest and they offer 2 options
1. Buffet ( Appetizer, four Main Entrees, Veggies, and Rice w/ Veggies)
2. Sit Down (Chicken AND Steak, veggies, and Rice)
Our recpetion is from 1-4:30pm.
I honestly think the wedding is not too formal but not too casual either, I call it semi formal. Which option should I choose?????
Post # 3
The buffet seems to have more options, and personnally, I like to fill my plate by myself so I don’t get more food than I need, and can choose the ratio veggies/meat in my plate..
Post # 4
Given the time of your dinner, I think buffet would be best. It’ll allow people to pick what they want and how much they want.
Post # 5
Normally I would prefer a sit down meal to a buffett.
However, in your case, your reception is at a slightly odd meal time (later lunch, really early dinner) so I think a buffet would work better. Guests can choose what type of food they want (light or heavy) and how much depending on how hungry they are!
Plus as someone who doesn’t enjoy steak (and rarely eats red meat) half my sit down meal would go to waste :p
Post # 6
Given your reception time, I would not serve a full meal. Have a dessert reception or light appetizers.
If a full meal is a must, then the presentation is dependent on your guests and what they will eat. Some folks prefer buffets and will not eat most foods that are served plated-style, leaving the plated style to be a waste of food and money. Some folks don’t feel they are offered enough food with plated. The opposite is true for other folks who refuse to eat at a buffet setup, regardless of the fact that many very formal hotels and other establishments serve buffets frequently. If you have alot of food allergies and/or picky folks, a buffet is better since folks can pick what they want and leave what they don’t, and often it has better food selections and quality. The formality of the wedding is moot, and nearly all weddings are semi-formal anyway. That said, I always prefer more options whenever possible.
Post # 7
i like sit down dinners. when i worked catering, it always seemed like the quality of the food was slightly better plated than when buffet style. but, that could have just been the venue at which i worked!!
Post # 8
Have you asked your caterer about the cost difference in food price and servers? Mine told me that buffets are more expensive because they have to prepare extra (because no one takes just one serving of either chicken or beef, they take both), and that there was really no savings in server costs because you still needed servers to clear plates, etc.
Post # 9
@zaylee: I noticed this from lots of places too that the buffets are usually more expensive than the sit down dinners. Honestly I would have thought it to be the other way around because sit down dinners seem so much more elegant to me.
It’s funny too… I would have voted on the sit down dinner because of the time frame while most people are voting the other way around- buffet because of the time frame. I figured with the time frame guests wouldn’t really have time to go for seconds or anything anyway so I think in this case the sit down dinner would be better 🙂
Post # 10
we are going with Buffet… i dont want to go with people who want chicken and certian people who only like steak or people that want both.. LOL get what they want and thats that. But our Buffet is having people serve them