(Closed) How much time for buffet dinner?

posted 13 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

I don’t know the exact timing, because I haven’t been to a buffet reception. Could you ask your caterer how long they recommend?

 You also need to consider that you need enough time for all of the guests to go through the buffet line, plus time for the last few people to eat and finish their meals (because the first guests to go through the line will eat while the last guests are still getting through the line). 

Post # 4
9 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

My friend’s wedding took about 45 minutes for roughly 220 people to get through the buffet line (not including time to actually eat the food).  Some people were finished with their meals by the time others were going through for the first time.

Post # 5
1449 posts
Bumble bee

It should only take about 45 minutes if you have 100 people.  Have your DJ or coordinator dismiss 2 at a time so they dont have to wait in a long line.  By the time the last person goes through the line, it should only be about 15-20 minutes, leaving 25-30 minutes for people to eat. 

Post # 6
73 posts
Worker bee

Thanks for posting this question.  I was kind of wondering about this myself!

Post # 8
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Your caterer’s estimates seem a little high! But anyway, I totally appreciate you posting this!

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