- 10 years ago
It’s as easy as this — Your Opinion:
It’s as easy as this — Your Opinion:
Whatever has better food choices!
plated, because I’ve been to weddings where there was not left when I got up there, and everything seems to get colder quicker.
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.
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.
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 😀
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……
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.
Loving the mix of responses — buffets do give guests the choice to eat what they’d like. But does plated seem classier?
From a caterer’s perspective – plated dinners are much more frantic for servers to make sure all guests receive their food in a timely manner. For buffets, we just need to be sure the food stays filled.
But of course, we love whatever the bride loves!! 🙂
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.
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.
We are doing plated so we are certain there is enough food and that it doesnt get too crowded up at the buffet line.
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.)
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.
@Bostongrl25 – I like that idea as well. Weddings are supposed to be for mingling and seeing family and friends you haven’t seen in a while. I agree buffet style allows for that more than plated does.
@mandb122 – Three entrees is awesome! Gives more option and less sitting time in the kitchen because there’s less of each thing to make!
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