(Closed) served or buffet style dinner

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 17
1848 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m easy to please as a wedding guest. I’ll eat however you choose and I won’t complain. I actually have no preference as a guest. I still don’t have one as a bride, LOL.

Post # 18
2350 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Plated! Buffets can be more expensive bec u have to order more than enough so food is typically wasted. And I’ve been to a wedding with a buffet that ran out of food and it wasn’t pretty. Just go with the classier option where everyone that RSVPs is guaranteed a plate.

Post # 19
1470 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We did a buffet and it was awesome. The food was great! I’ve been to weddings with both, and don’t have a preference. I think it’s more important that the food quality is good rather than prefering plated or buffet.

 ETA: We didn’t have a choice. Our venue would only do plated up to a certain number of guests and we had more, but I’m ultimately super happy about how it was.

Post # 20
9089 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I prefer buffet. I can get what I want and opt out of what I don’t like.

Post # 21
48 posts
  • Wedding: December 2013

Although I prefer and we are doing plated myself, I like hearing from other brides! I always thought that plated was more desirable, I’m interested to see that it’s not the case! 🙂

Post # 22
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I prefer buffet, because there are usually more choices and I feel like you get more food. I’ve only been to one wedding w/ a plated dinner, and while it was good, I wasn’t full. 

I went to a wedding recently with a lighter buffet of cheese, cracker, veggies, pinwheel/finger sandwiches, and sausage balls and LOVED that. It fit with the afternoon wedding and it was all good. I guess it comes down to what time your wedding is and what exactly you are serving.

Post # 23
1845 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I prefer plated for weddings myself, but I’m having a buffet. The reason is because my venue is a dinner theatre and they are already set up to do buffets, since that’s what they do every other night of the year. Plus the cost difference between the two, in my case, was vey large. 

Im having a large buffet, and a mashed potatoe bar with all the fixings. 

Post # 25
23592 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m a fan of plated dinners, but like you said, as long as it’s good food, that’s all that matters! 😀

Post # 26
8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

There are obviously pros and conts to buffet and plated.

I am going with a buffet, because :

1. Some people eat a little, some eat alot. I don’t want ANYONE leaving my reception hungry. I can remember my aunts wedding when I was young, she had a family style dinner, with 1 tiny scoop of potatoes, a little thin slice of roast beef & corn. EVERYONE stopped at McDonald’s on the way home.

2. Some people are picky. They won’t eat this, and they won’t eat that. You can’t make EVERYONE happy, but I feel a buffet has plenty of options to satisfy more people.

3. This goes with #2, but variety.

4. My family are very, very simple people. We don’t go for any of that “fancy” stuff.


That being said, a buffet probably won’t work if you have a LARGE guest count. For small groups [probably 75 and under], it should work great.

We are going to be having 4 stations, soup, salad, entrees & sides.

Post # 27
1397 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I much prefer buffets because I know I’ll be able to find SOMETHING to eat… plated meals can be tough for picky eaters or those with special dietary requirements. I also prefer being able to serve myself, not dealing with a waiter getting it right or not, and having the portions/proportions I want. 🙂

Post # 28
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Unless it’s a very formal wedding, I prefer buffet for the better variety of food and ability to control portion sizes.  

Post # 29
648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I never end up liking buffet food. It tends not to be cooked the way I like it, plus I don’t trust that people haven’t touched or rooted through it. Also, I wouldn’t feel right making my guests walk to and from the buffet in their fancy clothes. I’m always concerned that someone might trip. And then there’s the whole who gets to go to the buffet first thing.

So for my wedding I think I will do plated for all of those reasons. Plus it’s more in keeping with the style and formality of my wedding.

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