(Closed) Plated dinner with two choices or buffet?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 2
4054 posts
Honey bee

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NBee:  depends on the size of the wedding. If the wedding is large, as a guest, I’d rather have a plated meal rather than waiting an extending period of time in a buffet line. If the wedding is smaller, though, I don’t mind a buffet as a guest. 

Post # 3
15467 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Doesn’t matter as long as it’s good.  I guess my preference would be a buffet cause I like to sample foods and go back for what I like.  But if it’s a big wedding and I have to wait a while or carry my food pretty far, that’d annoy me.  And generally buffet seems more causal to me and plated seems more formal.

Post # 4
14055 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Plated, 100%.  I dress nicely for weddings, and don’t want to have to juggle my food as I walk back to my table, or get herded into line to get my food. 

We had a plated wedding as well, because that’s what’s expected in my social circle.  We were told the food was excellent, but that was really all the feedback we got.  I assume everything went off without a hitch because I never heard or saw otherwise!

Post # 5
584 posts
Busy bee

I like plated but buffets are awesome too! I am booking a venue with an upgraded package; we can only get the lobster tails if we go buffet, so we are sticking with it. But in general I love being able to go back for seconds!

Post # 6
1739 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Definitely plated.  But you may also want to consider family style – that what we’re doing.  

Post # 7
906 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015


Post # 8
423 posts
Helper bee

Buffet for sure. 

Post # 9
2947 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

Plated. Not a fan of buffets 

Post # 10
2111 posts
Buzzing bee

I prefer plated as long as the choices are good.

Post # 11
278 posts
Helper bee

Here’s what someone told me that completely made me look at this in a whole another way.

What vibe do you want for your wedding? Chances are you have a limited time reception slot. 

I am going with the buffet option because people can get up, get their food, eat at their own pace, and then get up and party with us. 

A plated dinner usually starts with rolls and butter at the table. Then drink orders. Then soup or salad orders. Then entree. Then if dessert is being served, that too. In between…they have to wait a certain amount of time to give everyone to finish eating before they pick up plates and serve the next round. This waiting means more people are seated quietly at tables for more time. 

A buffet goes quickly. You eat what you want at your own pace. If people want seconds, they can get up and get those. If people want to only eat the salad or the entree or whatever, they can. 

And then the party begins 🙂 

Post # 12
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Buffet! I typically like a very small portion of meat and lots of veggies/ salad. So buffet lets me get the portions that I want of each dish 🙂

Post # 13
2091 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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NBee:  I much prefer a buffet personally. I would be very unhappy if given a plate of fish or chicken as I’m a strict vegetarian. I love buffets though because I can pick out what I AM able to eat and leave the meat off of my plate.

Post # 14
943 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I prefer buffet. I can eat a full portion or small portion and pick and choose what exactly I like

Post # 15
7881 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Mixed responses so far! I like buffets as a way to try out a bunch of different foods, but I can see the appeal of a plated dinner for more formality. There’s not really a wrong answer of the two. 

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