(Closed) Plated dinner or buffet style reception? Need your help!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which do you prefer?



  • Post # 76
    927 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I’ve never even been to a wedding that had a plated dinner! I think my Fiance and I are definitely going to do buffet. 

    Post # 77
    60 posts
    Worker bee

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    FutureMrsW2015:  Can you please point out where I mentioned anything about “animals”?

    Otherwise, don’t put words in my mouth. Thanks.

    Post # 78
    3436 posts
    Sugar bee

    It really depends on the caterer.  The last 2 plated dinners I had at wedding were basically banquet chicken and rice.  But, I’ve been to events with buffet that served boring banquet chicken.  I’ve also been to plated weddings that served delicious food.  Our wedding was buffet, and the food was great.  People raved.  I attribute that to the caterer, who was able to serve people quickly.

    Post # 79
    406 posts
    Helper bee

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    Berri:  OK. I apologize, the animal/cattle comment was made by JiminyCricket. But making reference to a barnyard wedding speaks for itself without having to put words in your mouth. 


    Post # 80
    664 posts
    Busy bee

    When you do food for probably anything over 30 the kitchen probably cooks each plate like a buffet anyways. The only difference is they plate it for you instead of having people serve themselves. For that reason, I’m a big fan of roasts and baked dishes at gatherings.

    You can always do a compromise between the two though. Start your table wine service early and offer a mixed plate of appetizers along with a family style mixed green salad and dressing on each table. 

    Post # 81
    1054 posts
    Bumble bee

    I prefer buffet by a long shot! It’s usually cheaper, I hate assigned seating at weddings, and you can get more of what you want and less of what you dont! 2 scoops of mashed potatoes? Don’t mind if I do 😉 Ours is about $22 per person for three entrees (it would be about $25 plated). Some people on the bee seem to think that’s really cheap, but it’s pretty standard around here (Pittsburgh PA area). We will have wait staff, but I’ve been to tons that didn’t and there were no issues. 

    Post # 82
    59 posts
    Worker bee

    We went with a buffet, even though it was more expensive, because we can offer a wide variety of dishes to our guests as we have a lot of dietary restrictions on our guest list.  The catering company we chose also provides servers to bring food to the bride/groom, bride/groom parents and any older guests so they do not need to get up.  We chose the best rated caterer in the area and they actually suggested the buffet saying the food normally tastes better since plating for a 185 person wedding takes so long food may be sitting for 4-5 minutes before coming out.  We are doing ours in stations so the guests dont have to all line up in one area of the reception.

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    Post # 83
    2097 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Buffet is usually cheaper. If you have the budget for plated, that’s nice, but the few weddings I’ve been to that were plated had cold food. And kind of sad food. Over cooked steak at one, cold meat and cold risotto at another… At least buffet you get more/hotter/variety 

    Post # 84
    471 posts
    Helper bee

    We had a buffet and everyone thanked us. Especially the women. They said their partners didn’t complain once about being hungry. We all know men get a whiny when they’re hungry, shoulda ate a snickers! 

    Post # 85
    989 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    We are having a buffet. Mostly due to two main things. Number one, my mom and I are actually doing the food ourselves to save costs (It’s a small wedding).  Number two, we can have plenty of food and just what we want there and I know the quality is going to be excellent. 

    Post # 86
    79 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2016

    I like buffets because I am a picky vegetarian and the last 3 weddings we went to with plated dinners I only ate sides. That being said, we are having a plated meal because I am the only vegetarian I know. I will be having my own seperate entree.

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