Post # 1
The venue we are looking at for our wedding in September 2016 offers both a plated meal option or a buffet option. The plated meal is more expensive and you get canapes, an entree, alternative main and your wedding cake as desert. The buffet option inlcudes canapes, 2 cavery options, 2 hot meal options, 3 vegetable options, 3 salads, and 2 desert options.
We are inviting 140 guests so it will be a fairly sizable wedding. The buffet option seems enticing because there are more choices and more food available. But the plated option seems more civalised. Also if we have the buffet option it will save us $1600.
What are your thoughts? Which did you pick and why?
Post # 2
Buffet is cheaper and there are usually more options and more food.
Plated is fine, but I would prefer buffet…unless it was a black-tie wedding or there were a ton of guests.
Post # 3
We’re having a buffet. I like having the option to chose my food and the amount. The worst is when you get something you don’t like and either have to force it down, or be the asshole who doesn’t touch it.
Post # 4
Buffet is becoming a more accepted food presentation option for weddings. It is usually more economical, and I like the idea of trying a whole bunch of foods picking my favorites to load up on.
Post # 5
It depends on what feel you want for your wedding! If you want a more “formal” feel, plated would probably help that to feel fancy. I, on the other hand, am going with a buffet because we are having a more relaxed wedding (and want to save money!).
If it were me personally in your position, with an unlimited budget, I would still go with a buffet. You have more options and that gives your guests more of a chance to choose what they want to eat. I am a picky eater, so I would appreciate more options as a guest!
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2015 - City, State
I’m in the same boat but my Fiance and I have to decide between plated vs. station style vs. buffet. We were leaning towards buffet because we like more options and people aren’t stuck with their food if they don’t care for it. The price difference is not very large so we’re stuck on which to do…
Post # 7
We’re having a formal wedding so im going with plated. Even if it was less formal, i would still go with plated. Thats one thing i would prefer to splurge on.
Post # 8
I am not a big fan of buffet dinners. I hate having to wait in line for my food.
Post # 9
Buffet! $1600 is a lot of money, girl. Save it! I’m doing a buffet for similar reasons. More options, more food. Do you get a wedding cake as well, or just the dessert options?
Post # 11
SnowWhite25: I was in a similar situation, and though I was initially set on the plated option, I went with buffet for our 105-person wedding. The buffet offered way more options for my guests with dietary concerns (vegetarians, vegans, people with allergies and people who couldn’t eat beef or pork for religious reasons). They also got to go up for as many additional helpings as they wanted (my co-workers, in particular, loved packing away 3 helpings). At the end of the day, no one complained about having to line up for the buffet since the venue’s maitre d’ had everything so well managed that wait times were pretty much non-existant.
Also, to do a plated dinner our venue stated that we must have a final total for each of the entrees, so we would have had to ask our guests on the invitation which entree they wanted. I was in love with our invitations from the get-go and really wanted to avoid throwing in the questionnare and personally hunting down anyone who didn’t return it correctly.
Post # 12
for your wedding, sounds like plated may be the way to go because of the number of guests and your budget would allow it (and not sure about the word choice of “civilized” because a buffet is by no means “un-civilized”…..). Buffet or stations work better for those with picky eaters or guests that want a ton of food – my wedding will be 26 people and we’re opting for buffet and stations because we couldn’t agree on a “seated” menu.
Post # 13
I’ve been to weddings that have done one or the other, and as a guest I prefer plated. I do not like being called up by table to get my food. I’ve also noticed that if you want the party atmosphere, the buffet makes things awkward. Some people are done eating sooner because they were called first, and some haven’t even eaten yet. That was one boring wedding…nobody danced, probably because of the bad logistics.
Post # 14
SnowWhite25: This is something that I think often depends on your caterer. Some caterers have better tasting buffets than plated options, others do not.
All things being equal, I prefer a plated meal, especially if the event is formal.
Post # 15
SnowWhite25: I prefer buffet so I can pick what I want. It’s nice to be able to move around a bit too instead of just sitting at the table for hours.