(Closed) Plated Dinner vs Buffet

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 2
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I went with plated because I agree, I feel.plated is more fancy and I’ve gone really elegant with everything. On the downside, yes I need a seating chart, table numbers, name plates and I have to know exactly what guest is getting what dish. 

But I don’t mind. What is your gut telling you? Both can be very nice I think, but plated was definitely more in line with my vision.

Post # 3
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I highly recommend making a seating chart regardless, because from everything I’ve heard guests prefer them (the isn’t that awkward where should I sit moment). 

How many guests are you thinking you’ll have? If it’s a 200 person wedding, I’d stay away from having a buffet because the lines would be out of control. 

Post # 4
6107 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

valkyriejae :  dinner style aside, you should definitely have a seating chart. You don’t have to assign seats but assigning tables is, in my opinion, a must. Otherwise you run the risk of people not being able to sit with their partners because an odd number of people decided to sit at certain tables. You can search this topic on here and see that it is not a good idea to have free range seating.

So after all that, I’d still choose plated. I just find them nicer and you don’t have to wait in line and try to juggle your plate and anything else you might have in your hand. I also agree that it’s so wasteful that they throw away any food leftover in the buffet. I know they have to legally, but it sucks to know all the food got wasted.

Post # 5
555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Lake Louise Canada

Usually the one benefit of a buffet is the cost, if that isnt the case at this venue I would take advantage of all the extra service you get with plated. It will feel formal and classy.

Post # 7
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

At the least assign tables. Guests will appreciate the small effort. I prefer plated but its not really about fancy preference. I don’t like standing in line, don’t know where others hands have been and have seen people cough right over the food which grosses me out. Unless its a very intimate wedding I will always prefer plated. In your situation I really dislike the waste factor. They could let your guests keep the food or take it to a local homeless shelter. Doesn’t make sense that its going straight in the garbage. 

Post # 9
2035 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

A seating chart is a must!

I also prefer plated. I am a vegetarian and I am lactose-intolerant. I am also allergic to edamame beans, quinoa, and olives. So a buffet is basically a write-off for me. We also have had several experiences at buffet-dinners where our table was next to last, and they had run out of several items, which you would expect to be the opposite of a buffet! So I prefer a plated meal where I know I can eat everything on my plate 🙂

Post # 10
2595 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

valkyriejae :  The only reason I considered buffet was due to the cost savings, but ultimately decided plated. MY RSVP has a selection of my three entrees so I can provide a count to the venue. They will have extra of each in case guests should change their mind, but will only cook what is necessary that night when the wait staff walks around to ask each guest for their choice. My venue is open to the general public during the week, so the food will not be wasted if it is uncooked in the kitchen.

Post # 11
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

valkyriejae :  Even breaking it up by table would help a lot, I think. Like you said, it might keep squabbles to a minimum!

I think 100 people would work fine for a buffet. If money isn’t an issue and you want it to look elegant, however, then a plated dinner might be the best bet. The only exception would be is if you think people would get use out of larger portions and/or getting seconds. I’m personally having a buffet because everyone in my family eats like a horse. 

Post # 14
4037 posts
Honey bee

Except for buffet restaurants, I don’t remember where you could serve yourself; they always had a serving staff to ladle-out portions. 2nds would only be available with what is left, after everyone gets 1sts, if you get up to the buffet on time. No one has ever supplied an unlimited amount of food, at the private function buffets I’ve attended.


Post # 15
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Ed Oliver Golf Club, Wilmington, DE

It was actually more expensive at my venue to do a buffet dinner, which I think isn’t that common. We had decided to do plated anyway because I was nervous about buffet lines and people having to wait for their food. We chose the salads and the two sides and everyone had their choice between a steak, a chicken, or a seafood dish.. we also had options for dietary restrictions. People seemed really happy with the food.  One wedding I went to, I assumed was going to be buffet, because there was no meal choice for my RSVP, ended up being plated. Everyone was served the same meal and it was steak and lobster, which I know the majority of people would love, but I don’t eat red meat or seafood. I was bummed there! 

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