Food . . .

For the reception have you enjoyed them more if they are like a buffet style or served?  I want my guests to just have a good time:)  Buffet style they would have more choice over what they take/how much, but perhaps having everything served to their seats would keep chaos at a minimum? 

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm
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There's never really been chaos at a wedding I've been to if it's buffet because the tables are excused and there is just a nice orderly line. Plated tend to be at more formal weddings but as a guest I've never really been a fan because if I don't like something I don't get a choice (sides, etc) and like you said if they wanted more they were out of luck. We are doing buffet and our guests will get to eat a ton of food if they want and have several choices.

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm
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I like buffet better so that people do feel more comfortable taking how much they want.

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm
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I have enjoyed both! VERY much...lol! However, I prefer plated dinners at formal weddings because guests don't have to wait in long lines or wait for their table to be called which can be rather unorganized :-/ Plus it's more convenient to get served by a wait staff. As for less options, I've never had that problem because I was either served a "dual" entree (two meat options) with a choice of multiple sides that were "crowd pleasers" (such as rice pilaf, mashed potatoes, and a vegetable medley) or given a menu with three different options for me to choose from once I sat down. Plus more food doesn't necessarily mean better quality.

One of the best receptions that I ever attended consisted of upscale food stations with servers and butler passed desserts after the cake cutting. That's a neat idea, right :))) It really was the best of both worlds! As a guest, it came across as elegant and refined but not too stuffy. Most importantly, my hubby & I weren't stuck in another long buffet line...hehe!
Posted on August 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm
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we are having both, for the day time reception for 60 we are having plated silver service (wedding breakfast) then for our evening reception we're having a buffet for 160
Posted on August 2, 2012 at 3:35 am
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I've never seen chaos or anything at a buffet; but, honestly, I prefer a served wedding style. I don't particularly like standing in line for dinner and all that fun stuff ;)

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 3:40 am
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I prefer buffet.  All the plated weddings I have been too there is only two meat choices, one side and one vegetable and I always, always depise either the vegetable or the side. Most plated weddings unless you are a platinum bride, you don't have much choice on what side or vegetable you can pick.  I did buffet for my wedding and I had four meats, three sides, two vegetables, an assortment of breads and a salad.  It was very professional and well organized.

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 3:42 am
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I prefer buffet! Yeah you have to wait in line but I think its better. Idk, i'd just rather make my own plate than have someone do it for me. haha

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 4:15 am
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I like buffets too just because there are usually more options. And it's always nice to be able to get another serving of something that was particularly yummy.


 


 

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 4:51 am
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I did something similar for my wedding weekend, Kevinsprincess :)

For my Welcome Reception, we had a buffet along with several food stations that consisted of prime rib, seafood, and pasta (cooked to order) for around 50 guests. And for my Wedding Reception, I had a plated dinner with white glove service for 80 guests that included a variety of butler passed hor devours, a salad, a choice of three meat options, a choice of three different sides, and passed miniature desserts (chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and orange coconut clusters) were serviced after the cake cutting. I'm pretty sure none of our guests went home hungry...lol :)
Posted on August 2, 2012 at 4:57 am
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I think a buffet sounds better, more options and more choice over what they have.  I do like the idea of the food stations with servers too hmm.  Will have to have think about it:)

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 5:18 am
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ButteflyGapBride10 that sounded so good gosh just reading its making me hungry lol can't wait to get my menu's finalised and i know everyone will love it :)
Posted on August 2, 2012 at 6:19 am
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Your wedding weekend sounds AMAZING!! I can't wait to hear ALL about it :) Do u have room for one more...lol!
Posted on August 2, 2012 at 6:52 am
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We did plated dinners and I think it went really well.... guests helped themselves buffet style at the cocktail hour 

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 6:55 am
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We are doing family style to have the best of both worlds. I don't like buffets at weddings because I don't feel like it's formal enough (even for my backyard bash) but if I could only afford the caterer I wanted as a buffet than I would have gone that route.

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 7:05 am
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Oh!...Family Style :) That sounds delicious and it seems like the perfect solution if you prefer a plated dinner but with more options!
Posted on August 2, 2012 at 7:15 am
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ButteflyGapBride we're doing upscale food stations and passed hor devours. I wanted our guest to have more than just the traditional two or three options.  White glove plated dinners are also very nice and formal. Although I'm into details and would love for our wedding to be very elegant, what's most important to me is that our guest have a great time and share in our love and I'm sure they would even if it were buffet, plated or a bag lunch :-) 

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 8:00 am
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I think we are going to go with the food stations with a server at each station.  Knowing my family I think they might like that better.  The less complaining the better lol.

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm
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thats a good idea to go with what you think your family would most prefer :)
Posted on August 4, 2012 at 11:57 am

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