(Closed) Plated dinner vs Buffet style

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: It is better have a
    plated dinner : (61 votes)
    59 %
    buffet style : (43 votes)
    41 %
  • Post # 3
    8471 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Plated, definitely.  They’re your guests, and personally, I don’t feel they should have to get up and feed themselves.  It’s more elegant to have a sit-down dinner in my opinion. 

    Post # 4
    5073 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Plated or family style

    I’m not a huge fan of buffets – the food gets cold, I hate balancing my plates while trying to walk across a slippery dance floor in my heels.

    The poor folks at table 25 have to wait an hour to eat. ..

    Post # 5
    1262 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I much prefer plated dinners as I find them more elegant. With every buffet wedding I have been to, I have to wait for my table to be called like a grade school lunch room and stand there holding my plate while someone portions out my meal. Not exactly the feel I want for my wedding, but  I am sure not every buffet is like this.

    Post # 6
    4476 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I think if you’ve got less than 60 guests, buffet’s a nice option because people can pick what they want.  More than that, and the line process is so long that plated dinner’s the friendliest thing to do for your guests.  My favorite by far, though, is family style, as people have choices, but don’t have to leave their seats.

    Post # 7
    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    Definately plated or family style. I hate waiting in lines at a buffet.

    Post # 8
    254 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I prefer buffets, since it lets me pick what I’m going to be eating.

    Post # 9
    4979 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    I’ve only ever been to buffet-style weddings. I don’t mind them at all. Though they’re definitely easier if you have a smaller guest list. 

    Post # 10
    735 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I had a very small wedding.  We had a buffet, and it worked well.  When I’m a guest a huge weddings and I have to stand in line for 20 minutes at a buffet I’m not so happy about it, but I don’t mind if the crowd is under 100 or so and the line moves quickly (as long as there’s enough food for us all!)

    Generally it’s more formal to have a plated meal delivered to guests at the tables.  It’s also easier for the caterer to figure out how much food they need.

    Is your FI’s buffet idea cost related? If so, be sure to price both options, sometimes a plated dinner is a LESS expensive option.  If it’s due to the variety, a family style dinner service might please you both. If he just likes to stand in lines and help himself to 3 servings of mashed potatoes at a time though I don’t have any helpful advice! 😉

    Post # 11
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    For weddings specifically, I prefer plated.

    Pros for plated:

    – No worries about portion sizes/quantities. Everyone gets one of each.

    – No worries about spills/dropped food (generally speaking).

    – No lines.

    – Generally more economical bc your caterer knows to only buy x amount of food whereas with buffet, they have to buy extra in case one item is super popular.

    – Pretty photos. Food always look better when the caterer plates it vs when your guests slop it onto their plates.

    – People don’t have to worry about looking like a glutton bc they got up for plate #3.

    – Everyone can eat basically at the same time.

    – Better for families/elderly/disabled. Dad doesn’t have to make 3 trips or balance four plates on one arm while Mom watches the kids at the table. Grandma doesn’t have to balance her plate while shuffling back to the table.

    Post # 12
    411 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    we are doing a buffet style. i find you get more options and can have multiple servings if you like.

    Post # 14
    11270 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    i prefer plated over buffet simply b/c i find that it’s easier for your guests to be served as opposed to them serving themselves.  females caring their plates in high heels across a slippery floor, not always good.  also, more room for splatters and mishaps with a buffet.  yikes, not on the dress.

    Post # 15
    1991 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Personally, I like being able to choose what food I want or don’t want. If you coordinate it well, you can feed 200 people in 20 minutes with a buffet (like I did!).

    Post # 16
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @brandybelle:  If you have a good caterer, they can set aside the food for you. We did plated but had a dessert buffet and a cocktail hour with tray-passed hors d’oeuvres. For both, our caterer had a plate with a full assortment set aside for us and brought it out to us when they saw us settling down. They also had a server dedicated to us the entire time and we had a DOC too. I would be sad too if my guests ate everything before me!

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