(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 # 62
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

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    @Michelle_Matt 2013:  well in that case plated! lol no but its up to your preference. If it wasn’t more expensive I would do plated as well..

    Post # 63
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

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    @WhatMaeBee:  lol so I’m guessing you never worked at a restaurant before because food definitely “sits” in the back too…and God knows what else it does :S

    Post # 64
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I prefer buffets.

    I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding with a plated dinner.

    Post # 65
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Plated.

     

    Post # 66
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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    @abbyful:  Just curious: how can you prefer A to B if you’ve never had B?

    Post # 67
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    The thing I hate about plated dinner weddings is that it takes up so much TIME. It feels like half the reception is spent just sitting at your table waiting to be served, eating… you don’t get to talk to anyone or move around… then people want you to awkwardly dance for a few hours and BOOM, it’s over.

    I’m doing a buffet because I want people to be able to mingle. My sister did a buffet at her wedding and it was VERY classy. Everyone loved it. And it was a lot faster than any plated wedding I’ve been to.

    Post # 68
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @mrsSonthebeach – I want to pick what I eat, more than just “chicken or beef”. With a plated dinner, you get what you get. With a buffet, you can take more of one thing and less/none of another.

    Post # 69
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    Bumble bee

    My option isn’t up there! I am doing both (per an awesome suggestion by my caterer). We are having plated and served salads to mark the beginning of the meal. Then we are having food stations. Unlike traditional buffets, no chafing dishes are being used. The caterer and her staff fires to order as things need replenishing (which saves on waste). I was totally adament about a plated dinner but my Fiance hated the idea…so this was our compromise and it sounds like it will go off beautifully! It allows our guests to choose from some amazing dishes (stuffed turkey breast, wine braised short ribs, poached salmon and the like). It’s going to be hella expensive though! 🙂

    Post # 70
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

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    @GroovyHippieChick:  I used to work at a hotel and we always had servers at the buffet. Normally the head chef and myself ( I was a server) would be at the meat station. He would carve the meat, I would serve any sauce, gravy, jus.

    At my wedding, we also had a server serving the meat.

    To answer the OP: I personally had a buffet at my wedding and a lot of the guests raved about it. DH is a picky eater, so it was a big deal for him to let the guests choose what they wanted rather than possibly not liking a served meal. I also like to pick and choose and try lots of different things, so buffet’s appeal to me too! The food was very fresh and tasty!

    Our wedding was also more laid back in nature…so a buffet fit our style!

    Post # 71
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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    @Tangled:  That’s going to depend on the caterer. A good caterer has enough staff that they can feed everyone in a timely manner. I’ve never been to a plated dinner that took a ridiculously long time to serve, but I know they happen. Likewise, you could have the same problem at a buffet if there aren’t enough open stations and if they don’t change ou the empty dishes quickly enough, but a good caterer won’t subject your guests to that either. It can take a really long time, if not, for hundreds of guests to file through a buffet line and sometimes the early table are getting up for seconds before some other people have gone through once.

    Just for reference, my plated dinner was done by 1.5 hours at most after the dinenr reception started, but we started with a first dance, had an appetizer, and served a salad. We did toasts during dinner too, and that way no one was distracted paying more attention to getting food when the rest of us were enjoying the toasts. It was also nice to have everyone served but not yet eating when we said the blessing. That left at least 2.5 hours for dancing. I’d say the good buffets I’ve been to worke out similarly.

    My point is that both can work well for timing or can suck for timing. That depends not on plated vs. buffet, but on the catering team.

    Post # 72
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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    @abbyful:  Haha, it wasn’t that you like buffets; that’s fine, your choice; it was the way you worded it. I was just amused.

    Post # 73
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Buffets are ok if you don’t have a lot of people.  I would say if you have over 100 people it’s definitely better to do plated.

    Personally, I don’t like them much though but my experience is limited as weddings in my area are virtually always sit down.  Having people line up for food at my wedding is not for me.  Also I find buffets awkward sometimes, especially if you have to take napkin and silverware while you are up there (it would be better if these are already on the table).  I always feel like I’m going to spill something, or something might fall off my plate. And the lines are always SLOW.  Some people take forever to load their plate up, not sure why but when I’m up there I take what I want and move along, but some people just linger over the selections I don’t really get it.

     

    Post # 75
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Plated.   I usually get a little of everythign to try at a buffet, then get what I liked, then usually a little more, then a little more, cause I never get a lot at once… but , most the time I’m too self concious of getting up like 3-4 times  and worried people think I’m just pigging out.  I rather have plated.

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