(Closed) How long do the various meal types take to serve?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Great question.  No idea though.  🙁  Man, I wish we had a caterer writing on WeddingbeePRO!

Post # 4
37 posts
  • Wedding: January 2001

I’m no professional, but in my opinion, there are things to say about both. Timing wise, a plated dinner might take a little longer (for the servers to deliver/pick up 1st course, main course, dessert) than a buffet, but a buffet might be less convenient for your guests, and you always run the risk of running out of food. (I once was at a wedding with a buffet, and they ran out of food… had to wait another 30 minutes for replacement food… about 40 people left to go to a drive through!) eek!

Both probably take about the same amount of time. For a buffet, you, as the bride, will be eating while most of your guests will be “transferred” by table and you might feel uncomfortble eating while people are up walking around.

But, a buffet does usually give you more food options!! Both usually take about an hour and a half – two hours from the time your bridal party begins eating.

Post # 5
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

my caterer told us it would take about 1.5 hours tops for him to serve our 2 courses for 75-80 people. that’s a sitdown 2 course meal, including taking orders for entrees after guests are seated.

Post # 6
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

If you do cooked food at stations, it can take FOREVER to cook something for each person. I attended a corporate party that had a pasta station where they tried to cook some veggies and pasta for each guest. Four hours later, I got my plate (we were in the line the whole time). I definitely don’t recommend this!

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