(Closed) Plated Meal or Buffet?

posted 10 years ago in Food
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  • Post # 3
    5166 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Even if it is just one meal, there are still options, not everyone will eat everything that is served, buffet gives the guests a chance to choose what they prefer to have on their plate. Personally I prefer buffet

    Post # 4
    1206 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Overall it kinda depends on your venue and the type of wedding you want to have.  Plated will be more expensive and often goes slower than buffet.  Buffet like you said get people up and moving aroudn the room(s) throughout the meal.  Plated meals however often require place cards (although not if all 1 meal maybe).  What about vegetarian options?

    Post # 4
    79 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I feel plated is better only because it seems more classier (not saying buffets are bad) I’ve been to a lot of buffet weddings and you always have to wait so long to go up and get your food. I was at a wedding just recently and we were the last table and there was no salad left (granted the staff should have been on top off that) but it sucked. The good thing about buffets are you can go for seconds and with plated you get what you get. 

    Post # 5
    467 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We are doing buffet (more like food stations) because some people (not to name them: my dad who is footing the whole bill and his family in general) HATE waiting. Like, really hate it. I have seen them going to the kitchen in restaurants to harass the waiters they thought were too slow… All the plated dinners I have been to have this longer or shorter awkward moment when people have to wait to get their dish when the rest of the room is basically already done, and has to wait some more for the next dish to come out, and we are trying to avoid that.

    Besides, we are going to have lots of older people or parents with young children who might want to leave early and wouldn’t eat some of the dinner.

    And the main reason: I love me some buffet: the different dishes to pick from, a lit bit of this, a little bit of that… You don’t have that much choices in a plated dinner, and not everybody might enjoy your favorite starters or have food allergies you are not aware of. Buffet allows you to have more vegetarian dishes, gluten-free, nuts-free dishes people can pick and chose from according to their tastes/needs.

    On the other hand, I really have to come out with a solution on how not to get things too messy with everybody running to the same station at the same time. We are trying to get each station pretty far away from the other ones, so hopefully people will get to the station closer to their table first and make their way around.


    Post # 6
    6377 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I prefer plated over buffet. If not executed efficiently, buffet lines can be a total pain in the ass for wedding guests. I’ve been to weddings where I’ve had to wait in line for upwards of a half hour just to get my food. By the time I finally got up there, most everything was cold. I’ve also been to weddings where either the guests were taking too much or the venue staff was dishing out too much because they ran out of food before everyone was served. Our table was one of the unlucky ones so we pretty much just ate bread and were able to each get a slice of ham (totally worth the $150 wedding check we gave them. NOT!). I’m also not really a fan of other people breathing on and pawing through the food I’m going to eat. We don’t go to buffets IRL so I’d definitely prefer to be given a plated meal at a wedding. 

    Post # 7
    206 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I personally prefer buffet and that is what I am having. I think it gives a chance for guests to pick and choose what they want or not on their plate

    Post # 8
    869 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I actually love buffets (cause Im greedy) but always hate them at weddings.  Maybe b/c the ones I went to were not well done.  I have waited almost an hour after the first table got their food to eat and I have had people push me in line.  I find that buffets take longer, idk.

    I think we will have a dual plated dinner.


    Post # 9
    1637 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I don’t normally like buffets for any reason, so I voted against it.  I rather have a plated dinner because buffet lines are just too long @ weddings. 

    Post # 10
    120 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We did a duet dinner with veggie option for our wedding. I hate buffets in real life and I just don’t think weddings should be buffeted. 

    Post # 11
    242 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    There’s also the option for family-style, which we’re thinking of doing.

    Post # 12
    4460 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I like buffet better because I can choose how much of something I want. Sometimes I want a bugger salad or more greens. It also gives me a chance to get something else if I don’t like the beef.

    With plated, you are kind of stuck with what’s on your plate. I think when done correctly, buffets can work out.

    And to the people who hate waiting, you are going to wait either way. The servers can’t serve everyone at once. So chances are, you are still going to be waiting while another table is already eating.

    Post # 13
    7941 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    @afelk1112: As the PP mentioned it depends on the venue and your wedding.

    We are having a very formal wedding and were leaning towards plated however we had to seperate our guests into two rooms. In order to encourage mingling we chose buffet. Besides the buffet takes the worry out of pleasing everyone with the meal as they can pick and choose what they want and you don’t have to keep track of who ordered what.


    Post # 14
    428 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I depends. I don’t mind waiting in line.

    I have been to a wedding were there was only the choice of that meal and all we did was eat. There was a SET eating time and it was like cattle being hurded. (like 200 people going to eat at once)

    At my wedding you can eat whenever you want, there are different options for the food. It is not like cattle being hurded because some people will be dancing, drinking, talking while some eat. So not everyone does the same thing at the same time.


    I’ve never been to a plated dinner wedding, so I don’t know what that’s like.

    Post # 14
    32 posts
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I prefer plated.

    I dislike being dressed up at someone’s wedding, in heels, hair and makeup done, and having to stagger around, weave through tables and wait in line with a plate in one hand, and my clutch tucked under my arm.

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