(Closed) Reception Dinner: Buffet or Plated?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would you rather have a plated dinner or self serve buffet
    Plated Dinner : (123 votes)
    56 %
    Self serve buffet : (98 votes)
    44 %
  • Post # 3
    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    How many people will you have?

    Post # 4
    5001 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Plated dinner, no question. 

    Post # 5
    9654 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    i’d prefer plated 🙂

    Post # 6
    11234 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Buffet. I like buffets, specifically because I am super picky. Like you said, if I go to a wedding with a plated dinner (or RSVP to one) and don’t like any of the options, I’m kind of stuck. With a buffet, I can get what I’m comfortable with, no matter what it is, and if something isn’t good, I can always go get something else later on. I don’t have that option with a plated dinner.

    That said, I have never been to a reception with a plated dinner. I would really only do it if your wedding is formal.

    Post # 7
    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I personally would choose plated option based solely on that fact that I am super clumbsy and I would be the girl that dropped food all over herself.  Thats just me though.  

    Post # 8
    1052 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

    Buffet, for the reasons you listed.  People can have whatever they’d like and they can have their fill of it.

    Post # 9
    6743 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I don’t think you can go wrong.  A plated dinner will be fancier and I think it’s pretty much expected.  But, my friend is doing with the “all night cocktail hour / buffet” option and I think it’s a wonderful idea.  She gets to be unique, cocktail hour continues into dinner when they add additional options (and everyone knows cocktail hour has the best foods!), people get to eat what they want/however much they want and taste different things, but the kicker is that everyone gets to mingle ALL NIGHT LONG!  It guarantees people getting up and moving around.  I think it’s brilliant. 

    Post # 10
    11272 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    i prefer plated. 

    i don’t like the idea of going up to the buffet and waiting in line.  i don’t like the thought of a bride in her long white dress doing this either.

    Post # 11
    6256 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I vote buffet. I am a picky eater, and it seems that they never serve enough food at plated dinners. 

    Post # 12
    136 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I would go with plated unless there is a huge price difference.  I have been to lots of buffet weddings and never heard anyone complain.  We went with buffet because of our budget. 

    Post # 13
    1925 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I prefer plated, it just feels like being in a restaurant which is always a nice feel 🙂  I’ll be the first person in my family to have a plated dinner at her wedding!  I’m excited.  

    Post # 14
    2822 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I personally prefer buffets.

    Post # 15
    5075 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    plated – everyone gets to eat at the same time.

    I dislike buffets for a number of reasons (I’m clumsy) but the big one is the fact that your guests don’t eat at the same time.  I hate watching some tables wait while others are eating.

    Post # 16
    5547 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I think in your case, a buffet. If there was still going to be a limit on the food on the buffet then I say plated, but if the guests can get what they want, go back if they want something different, or more, I am ALL for that. 

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