(Closed) What type of dinner setup are you choosing?

posted 9 years ago in Food
  • poll: Dinner style choice
    Plated : (55 votes)
    41 %
    Buffet : (56 votes)
    42 %
    Stations (guests pick what they want but are served by chefs) : (22 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Hmmm… I voted for “plated” b/c that’s what we’re having at our wedding, but really I think that any style can work great!  I’ve been to parties and/or weddings that have done it all — plated, buffet, stations, and family-style.  I think the key is to have a good plan for your food service so that everyone gets to eat something that they will enjoy, everyone gets enough food, and nobody has to wait too long to get their food.  These 3 criteria would definitely be the most important to me as a guest 🙂

    Post # 4
    960 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We’re doing plated, which I prefer. I don’t necessarily *mind* buffet style, but I just prefer being served at a wedding. And I totally know that sounds really bad, lol. I can’t think of another way to say it. I think that buffet’s interrupt dinner, in a way. Plus it always seems like by the time the last people are served, the first people to be served are done eating. Like I said, I don’t hate buffet’s my any means. I actually really like the variety of food they offer, so in that sense I guess I like them better than plated. Haha…I just like to eat 🙂

    Post # 6
    1408 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I am a fan of buffet- everyone gets what they want, and only what they want, so less waste left on the plates. My only complaint about this is the vegetarians and vegans generally get the shaft because the meat eaters take all the stuff we can eat, leaving us with only salad. We’re solving this problem by calling all vegetiarians and vegans up first, so that they are assured of actually getting something to eat!

    Post # 7
    45 posts

    I do not like buffets at weddings at all. Theres always a wait and it just makes the wedding kind of tacky.

    Post # 8
    666 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    We are having the food served family style.  There will be big platters of food brought to each table.  That way guests don’t have to get up, but it is less labor intensive (and therefore less expensive) than a plated dish.  It’s also easier for us because we will have both chicken and beef on the table and people can pick one or the other, or both.  This way, we don’t have to collect a meal choice from anyone unless they have a dietary restriction or are vegetarian.

    Post # 9
    1901 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We are having food stations. I’ve never liked big, sit-down dinners with tons of people. I get a little claustrophobic. We’re going for more of a cocktail party set-up with mini-meals at each station.

    Post # 10
    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We are doing family style… Fiance is loving the fact he can help himself to as much as he wants.. and I don’t love the wedding buffet idea.. . 

    Post # 11
    2703 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    i dont really have a personal preference.

    i chose the plated, just because that’s what our ‘estimate’ was based on… i think all style are fitting… buffets don’t necessarily have to be a “casual” reception either… my best friend from college got married a couple years back at a beautiful country club in Denver… her flowers, photography, dress were top-notch.. our Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses were long and definitely on the formal side… but her dinner style was buffet and everyone loved it… no biggie and the food was DELISH!

    Post # 12
    1288 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

    We’re doing food stations. I like the mingling that happens when guests get up and this way we can have a little more variety. 

    Post # 13
    768 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I like stations because it adds kind of an “activity” element to the reception which is especially helpful if people don’t like to dance. It gets your guests moving and mingling, and makes the event less of a boring, stuck in your seat evening. 

    Post # 14
    14183 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We did plated, but honestly, the place had SO many servers that everybody had food within 3 minutes of each other. It was insane. Whereas a buffet, it seems like it takes 1.5 hours for everyone to get fed somtimes! I’ve been to a stationed dinner before for a smaller wedding and it was great. But i do prefer to be served at a wedding…it’s like a nice dinner to me.

    Post # 15
    1371 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I do not like plated dinners.  Coming from a family with various meal restrictions (vegetarian, allergies etc.) it feels so wasteful when you are given a plate of food you cannot eat.  Some people do not give options or ask for restrictions ahead of time.  This summer I went to a wedding with my mom and sisters.  My mom is vegetarian and she received a plate of antipasto, (could only eat half of it) a pasta dish that was meat cannelloni, and a main dish that had two types of meat and a vegetable she is allergic to.  What a waste!  Family style is my fave, followed by buffet.  That way you can choose what to eat.

    Post # 16
    1084 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    We did plated because you have to have more food/make predictions to have the buffet.  You’re never sure what will be most popular and what the last person in line will be left with, so then you end up getting a lot more than you need of everything.

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