Which Do You Prefer: Buffet or Plated Dinner?

posted 11 months ago in Food
Post # 16
17 posts

I prefer plated.  It’s more relax, not having to wait in line and worrying how you’ll carry your plate and drink in graceful manner.  With plated, the guest can enjoy watching you in the first dance and what not…

Post # 17
4921 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

josie7 :  I have a number of dietary restrictions so I would far rather have a buffet than a plated meal – I can choose what I can eat rather than wonder about the details.  

Post # 19
1101 posts
Bumble bee

I prefer buffet

Post # 20
9713 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I do think plated is fancier and generally much more efficient at getting everyone their food.  The only thing I prefer on the buffets is that if I’m not a fan of one of the sides or even the main then I can load up on the stuff that looks really good/better.  Like if the salad looks fantastic I would load up on that and probably take very little of heavier pasta, etc.

Post # 21
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I think it depends on the venue/style of wedding! Me personally, i would like buffet (done properly) because im more informal… but i could see if it was a fancy black tie wedding, some people would raise an eyebrow… We opted for buffet, because our venue is a barn and we are going for a completely laid back vibe (groomsmen in jeans and my dad says hes wearing sandals and super excited about it lol) we also got reviews on the inhouse caterer and were told that the buffet was done really well and the food was really good. 

Post # 22
140 posts
Blushing bee

I love buffets. Choice is important to me. BUT I do absolutely love the suggestion made to do “Family Style”. 

My 2017 Christmas party for work was held at a place where they did this. They came out with antipasti (meat, cheese, bread, pickles) and then brought out salad and a vegetable dish, then pasta, then meat. I took what I wanted and skipped what I didn’t. 

I really enjoyed this because nobody has to get up to get more food, you have the speed of plated dinner but with the convenience of being able to serve yourself what you want. It was a set meal with the ability to both not waste food and to eat more if you’re still hungry.

The only downfall with this is because it was a Christmas party they didn’t tell us what exactly we were getting so we all kind of ate lightly waiting for the main course (we had no indication on how many courses we were actually getting!) and ended up passing the previous courses back around to have more of those when the main course had arrived. So if you’re doing course-by-course this way, tell your guests what the lineup is.

Post # 23
54 posts
Worker bee

I hate plated dinners. There is less options, the guest can’t pick and choose what they want. I went to a plated wedding recently that they plated mashed potatoes and asparagus under tortellini alfredo. I was so grossed out. 

Post # 24
2097 posts
Buzzing bee

I prefer buffet, but I’m vegan, so it’s usually much easier for me to find things I can eat at a buffet. I can also go back for more of things I like, and adjust my portion sizes exactly. I like having that control, especially when dishes are labeled with their ingredients. Otherwise I’m usually given whatever the caterer’s vegetarian dish is minus the dairy — which has never in my experience been a well-considered meal on its own. 

Post # 25
2513 posts
Sugar bee

#1 Family style #2 Buffet. I like to choose what I’ll have and how much.

When there are plated meals there are usually only 2 – 3 options max and it’s usually a large portion of meat or fish with a bit of the sides. If you don’t like large amounts of meat or have finicky taste buds it’s easy to end up hungry and drunk. 

Post # 26
1493 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Plated. I hate everything about buffets. 

Post # 27
1788 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

For a formal even I prefer a plated meal, for a less formal event a buffet is fine

Post # 28
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

josie7 : I guess if I don’t know anything about the meal I’d say plated, but realistically I’d prefer the one with the better food.

Plated definitely comes across as fancier, and then guests don’t have to stand in line or carry their food to the table.

I think that if people prefer buffet, they do because it can offer more variety (with different food stations) and also because they can customize their plate to take more food that they like (since plated means you get set servings of everything…but at a buffet someone could take less potatoes and more salad).

If you do buffet, just make sure you have extra of the best dishes so you don’t run out before people have gotten to it. I feel like that’s the riskiest thing with buffets.

Post # 29
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I prefer buffet because I can get more of what I want and less of what I don’t want.

Post # 30
1195 posts
Bumble bee

josie7 :  I prefer plated dinners.

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