(Closed) Plated Dinner vs Buffet

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We had a buffet and didn’t have seating charts and it worked out just fine. I like picking my own food and how little I want. 

Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

MsCandyGirl :  That sounds awful. :/ Wonder why they would pick one meal for everyone and not provide two or three options. I like both but maybe I wouldn’t have wanted either that day who knows. Each plated reception I’ve attended guests didn’t have to choose in advance we gave our order to the server based on a list of multiple entrees. I’ve changed our menu like five times trying to make sure there’s variety between the six entrees and keep guests preferences in mind.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - The Venue, Barkisland, UK

We’re doing sharing platters at our wedding. So the buffet is essentially on the table. We’ll have things like chilli etc and people can just help themselves. When we were discussing it with this venue, they suggested it as a good compromise and we really liked the idea.

Post # 19
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

valkyriejae :  I prefer sit down dinners, I am not a fan of buffet as a guest.

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I dont like the idea of having to pick my dinner months in advance, its very weird to me. I also like being able to pick and choose what I want to eat that night or try different things in addition to being able to go back and get more of what I liked or get something different if what I originally chose was not as good as I had hoped. We had a buffet and they did not run out of anything, any good place should have more than enough extra of everything to not run out. Everyone was stuffed and thrilled. I would run that concern by them if you chose buffet.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

valkyriejae :  hmmm sounds like possible red flags. If you haven’t signed or given any money yet it might be worth looking at other places before doing so if you arent comfortable with how they seem to run things

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

valkyriejae :  lol yes good term for it. I was thinking not quite too alarming but you should feel comfortable. Good luck, hope it works out!!

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We did buffet because we got more choices and it is faster than plated. I also didn’t want the hassel of keeping track of who chose what.  For us, it was the right choice.  We had two meat carving stations (roast pork and roast beef), a fish, chicken marsala, a pasta, potatoes, and vegetables along with bread and salad.  Great food.  

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Buffet…i think the idea that it is less classy is BS. I didn’t have to worry about those who were vegetarians or couldn’t eat certain foods.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Re: your concerns about guest meal choices – there’s a few ways you can help keep things running smoothly. 

My venue required that we fill out a spreadsheet for each table, with the guest name and entree choice. So it looked like this: 
Table 1

-Mr and Mrs Smith: Chicken (2) 
-Mr and Mrs Jones: Chicken (1) Beef (1) 

etc. Then the servers went around and confirmed with the guests prior to dinner service starting. 

We have also been to weddings with placecards (so each person had their own with their name and table number) and on the back, had the entree selection they had given the bride. That worked out great, because sometimes I don’t remember what meal I chose and sent back weeks ago, so when it’s provided to the waiters or guests it makes it easier and probably keeps the catering numbers more accurate. 

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We are having a BBQ Buffett rather than plated because we want it to be less formal – it was one of the most expensive options our venue had though – burgers, steak and a ‘live grill and cooking station’ etc.  It’s weird that your venue didn’t hold the booking for your original date though.  Ours gave us a provisional booking so we had first dibs if anyone else was interested.  If anyone else had tried to book that date they would have called us first to confirm the booking and pay the deposit or to decline the date before they gave it to someone else.  

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I did a buffet because that’s what my Dad, who was paying for half of the wedding, wanted. Ultimately it worked out great because everyone could see the stations, which were set up quite beautifully, and ask the staff to plate whatever items they found most appealing for them. I swear it’s not a free for all like an all-you-can-eat restaurant…

But if you are having 100 guests at an all inclusive and are doing minimal planning anyway, please put the effort into a thoughtful seating chart regardless of the type of meal you will be serving. I’ve personally hated the high school cafeteria like chaos that ensues at every large wedding where the bride and groom (a good seating chart is usually a team effort) can’t be bothered to make a chart.

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