(Closed) Plated or Buffet?

posted 10 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which one?



  • Post # 3
    4822 posts
    Honey bee

    Whatever has better food choices!  

    Post # 4
    1090 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    plated, because I’ve been to weddings where there was not left when I got up there, and everything seems to get colder quicker.


    Post # 5
    4410 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

    I actually prefer plated. I don’t like to have to serve myself.  However, we are having a buffet for our reception, because the tables can all be set with the china service we rented. 

    Post # 6
    7298 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    whatever is cheaper and or has better food. Buffet at the country club venue we have is almost $10 more per person than a plated.

    I like multiple stations with a buffet. With a buffet, you aren’t stuck with something you may not like. Also with a buffet, if you want more greens than starch or meat, you can get that. With a plated, you are stuck with whatever portions the chef decided to give you.

    I’m currently stuck on this decision.

    Post # 7
    352 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We’re doing a BBQ Buffet! I’ve never liked plated dinners. You get some green beans, a tiny chicken breast and a dry old dinner roll, blech! We want our guests to be fully satisfied 😀

    Post # 8
    886 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My choice as a guest or my choice as a planner?  It can cost more per person to do a buffet. That being said, we did a pot luck buffet reception and it worked fine.  As a guest I’m somewhat torn.  I’m always leary of people touching/sneezing on/coughing on etc the food I’m going to eat. On the other hand, buffets are all you can eat……

    Post # 9
    916 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I much prefer plated. I find the food tends to be better (obviously, isn’t always, but tends to be).  If you are not one of the first tables called up to a buffet, then the food is already getting cold by the time you get it, and some things might already be gone (and who wants to stand around waiting to see if they bring out more salad dressing?).  I’m a little bit of a germ-phobe, so the idea of eating food that every other guest before me has reached over and breathed on is kind of gross, and I’ve seen some horrifying things back when I used to waitress at a restaurant that did receptions (people dropping the tongs on the floor and putting them back in the food trays, picking stuff up with their bare hands and putting it back, etc).  I am kind of a picky eater, and buffets tend to have a lot of foods I don’t like (although they are things that a lot of people do like)…tomato based pastas, chicken with a mystery sauce (hate when buffets are unlabeled!), etc.  As a picky eater, I prefer a plated dinner where I know what the options are ahead of time. That way, if I know there are not going to be options I like, I can plan ahead and fill up on apps or the salad, or even eat ahead of time. 

    Post # 11
    6391 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I prefer a buffet as a guest because I’m a picky eater. I also prefer it as a planner for my family because some of my relatives eat a ton and a plated meal would mean sending them home hungry.

    Post # 12
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    We were worried about the buffet not seeming classy enough as well. We are either going to do stations or buffet….whichever is cheaper with yummier food 🙂

    I also like it because it lets guest get up and mingle a bit more. I hate sitting waiting for my plated meal to arive, only to see that its something I don’t even like.

    I think stations can look really lovely though!! Caterers can do amazing things and really dress it up.

    Post # 13
    417 posts
    Helper bee

    We are doing plated so we are certain there is enough food and that it doesnt get too crowded up at the buffet line. 

    Post # 14
    4334 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I always prefer plated since it seems nicer and it’s nice to not have to get up; but I don’t eat a lot, nor am I a picky eater (under either case I’m sure I would prefer a buffet.)

    Post # 15
    3670 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We had a small wedding and decided to do a plated dinner.  We wanted a plated dinner anyway but when we thought the wedding would be bigger, it didn’t seem practical.  Ours turned out really nice with a choice between three entrees.  Everything came out delicious and hot and everyone absolutely loved the food.  Also, I can usually handle buffets but I agree that I can be a bit of a germaphobe at buffets so plated seemed like a better option to me. 

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