(Closed) Reception Dinner: Buffet or Plated?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would you rather have a plated dinner or self serve buffet

    Plated Dinner

    Self serve buffet

  • Post # 32
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    I always, always vote plated. 

    Post # 33
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I am doing plated dinners because the minute my family hears the word buffet they think it means all you can eat.  The people at the end of the line would never get any food and I don’t want to deal with having to ask someone to serve.

    Post # 34
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    @Almost Mrs.P:  I think our buffet (with 2 entree choices) and plated dinners were about the same, although some of the plated options were a little more. 

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    @cmsgirl:  I believe our venue’s choices for plated and buffet are the same, but the food is really good–that’s why you do a tasting first.

    Post # 35
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I voted for plated. Ours is plated as well. The buffet sounds nice as well but I agree with you, it seems more elegant for a plated meal. Also, if you have over 100-125 guests, lines can get long for buffets.

    Post # 37
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I voted plated and that’s what we’re having. I always feel awkward at weddings when I have to get up and walk across the room to get my food then walk back. Also if you happen to sit right next to the buffet then you have people walking or standing by you while you’re eating and it just feels awkward. Obviously this is only my personal opinion. Go with what you want.

    Post # 38
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    Bumble bee

    If you’re going to do buffet, you have to make sure you do it right. My aunt’s wedding was a buffet and it was a total DISASTER. Not to scare you, but they did not put any planning into the comfort of the wedding guests when they were  planning it out. They just did it on the cheap even though both the bride and the groom had mucho deniro.

     

    Here’s what they did wrong:

    -They crammed 200 people into a space meant for 150. Just because you can fit a certain amount of tables into a room doesn’t mean you should. You need to take into account space people need to walk around tables, room to get in and out of your chair, and a snaking buffet line. They did none of this and everyone was literally tripping over each other the whole time.

    -If you can, have more than one line, or at least assign when certain tables get up to get food, because they did it as a free for all, and 200 cranky hungry people waiting in line for the same buffet was just ridiculous.

    Just based on this, I vowed never to have a buffet line, but I think it can go well if you actually plan it out, instead of just saying “We’ll have a buffet”, and then not taking any other factors into account.

     

    Post # 39
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I absolutely prefer buffet (assuming that buffet does not equal lower quality). I like to have my own choices in sides and amount of food. Plus Fiance is such a totally picky eater that it’s way easier dealing with him in a buffet. 

    A buffet done right is my preference any time. 

    Post # 40
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I am super pickey and I still vote for plated dinner. I am a germaphobe and I hate the idea of people touching everyihg before me, yes I know that the staff does but they have to handle it certain ways because of the health department. Plus I feel like plated adds to the formalness of a wedding. 

    Post # 41
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    Sugar bee

    I vote sit down. I hate, hate, hate, buffets.

    They always remind me of a cafeteria, and find that generally the food tastes that way. I also hate that other people are (often poorly) handling all the serving utensils. I am appalled at the number of time I see people use their bare hands, sneeze and then touch the spoons, etc.

    I also hate waiting in lines, and feel a little like cattle. I also hate the cutesy games that are often played to determine the order that tables will get to take food. I also hate watching other tables eat while I anxiously wait for my table’s number to be called. If there is no game to determine order then I feel like it’s a hierarchy of who the couple likes more.

    I also hate having to worry about carrying my plate full of food, back to my table across the dance floor, with all the eyes of the tables that haven’ t been called looking at me, trying to sneak a peak at what I have on my plate.

    Buffets also tend to have more waste (IMO), as people take a huge helping of things they don’t know they like, because they want to try it, only to find out they don’t like it. Or they take a huge helping thinking they like their mom’s mac and cheese, only to find out that the buffet food tastes different and they don’t like it that way. Or people take too much because they are greedy.

    People also take all the “good” toppings on things like salad, so the later tables only get ice burg lettuce, cause all the carrots, tomatoes, radishes have been scooped off the top by the first tables.

    I like to be served by staff, who handle food correctly (or incorrectly where I cannot see them do it), served a reasonable portion with a good distribution of good toppings, at my table where I don’t have to worry about dropping a plate full of food over my fine wedding wear.

    Post # 42
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    We’re doing buffet, but we’re also not looking to recreate any sort of “Queen For A Day” atmosphere. We’re regular people, and aren’t comfortable with swankiness. Also, almoat every wedding I’ve been to has had a different type of service, including family style (that was at a very high end reception).

    Post # 43
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

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    @HeathenSwan:  We’re doing buffet, but we’re also not looking to recreate any sort of “Queen For A Day” atmosphere. We’re regular people, and aren’t comfortable with swankiness

     

    oooh! does my sit-down family style dinner make me a swanky queen???  (that sounds so wrong!)

    Post # 44
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I like buffets. Then people who eat a lot can eat a lot, while people who just want a salad can just have a salad without wasting a bunch of food. I am having a buffet. I agree a plated dinner is classier and more elegant, but I think buffets can be done very well too! It is also easier for choosier people to get food they like.

    Post # 45
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I saw someone mention servers at a buffet.  I’ve never been to anything other than a self-serve.

    Is is common to have servers at a buffet?

    Post # 46
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Honestly, I will probably do a buffet. But that’s just me 😛 I doubt anyone will complain.

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