(Closed) served or buffet style dinner

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Are there any other factors to consider? If cost isn’t an option, IMO a plated dinner is preferable from my experiences as a wedding guest. This is especially true if it’s a big reception, and I end up having to wait like 20 min between the bride/groom getting food and me getting food.

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve always had it in my mind that a plated dinner is “classier” but I think it’s really up to you. Plated can even be less expensive than buffet because they don’t have to make so much extra food. 

The venue I want only does buffet even though I had my heart set on a plated dinner for ages. However, I’m ok with the buffet because of the benefits like lots of selection, people can each as much as they want of something. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@mrsedwardslpn:  

In that case, how many guests are you having? Are there enough options on the plated menu that everybody will be happy? Will guests RVSP with a entree option or will the they choose on the day of?

Are you comfortable with the buffet options? 

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I generally prefer a buffet because I am never fully comfortable with the idea of someone serving me… I don’t know why, but I never feel okay with it.  Plus, I can eat like a man sometimes and would prefer to get my own portions of food as opposed to what is served to me.  I’m not a pig, but I do have a robust appetite sometimes 😉

One alternative to a traditional buffet line is having four or five small stations.  Guests still serve themselves, but the different stations help break up the lines.  A gala I attended for work had this style and it was a HUGE hit with all the guests.  It’s by far my favorite type of buffet and it really helps with the long lines.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Plated feels more special- piles of food at buffet stations kind of turns me off, but that’s just me!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I prefer buffet because I know that I’ll find something good to eat. Plated dinners are sometimes good, sometimes not, but buffets have always been good.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

i prefer plated. 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Some of the venues I looked at the plated dinners were actually cheaper! We chose plated mainly because there wasn’t room in our hall for a buffet table with the amount of guests we wanted to invite.

Anyways, I personally like buffets more because you can take the amount of food that is right for you. I have been to weddings where the plated amount was not enough and I was hungry the rest of the night and I have been to weddings where the plated amount was a large wast of food because nobody finished their meals!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@mrsedwardslpn:  It sounds like it comes down to whether you’d want to spend the extra $10 AND do extra work to have a classier affair vs. the less expensive option that also comes with less work for you. 

Again, I prefer plated but don’t think it’s inherently more special than a buffet. I just hate waiting forever for my food! I like the idea of having different stations to break up the lines. Also, if you are having hors d’ouevres passed before dinner, it wouldn’t be as a big deal to have to wait a little extra for my meal. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I prefer buffet because I love choices, but we’re doing plated due to space constraints.

After I thought about it, i was happy with the decision, as plated takes less time for everyone to get their food so there’s more time to dance! 

In my case, plated was slightly less expensive, but 10pp is A lot of money. Good luck!

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