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Buffet vs. Plated Style Wedding Dinners
Buffet vs. Plated Style Wedding Dinners
August 9, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Wedding traditions change every day. Years ago you wouldn’t think there would be so many dinner style options! Some of these options are plated, buffet, home-style and strictly hors d'oeuvres. Although this allows for a lot of creativity, it also brings about a lot of stress. Which style should you choose?

If you are considering the wedding buffet and plated dinner options, there are many things to consider. Here are the pros and cons:

Buffet Style Dinner


  1. This is a life-saver for all of the picky-eaters on your guest list. You don’t have to worry about Cousin Mary who doesn’t eat peas or Uncle Joshua who’s allergic to shellfish. With a buffet, everyone can pick and choose what they’d like to eat, where they’d like it placed on their plates and how much of it they want.
  2. With this style dinner, you will more than likely need less wait staff. According to your food options, this may result in a cheaper overall dinner, or more financial room for better foods.
  3. Weddings are to celebrate love by dancing, chatting, and EATING! Buffets allow guests to go up for seconds! This way your guests won’t have to limit what they have and can leave happy and full!


  1. Something we all dread…the line! Wedding buffet lines can become chaotic depending on the number of guests you have. It may also take a very long time for people to get their food and who wants cranky guests? Make sure you have an attendant monitoring the line and perhaps open it up on both sides so that the line can move faster.
  2. If you’re having a very elegant and traditional wedding, a buffet may not fit the overall feel. Buffets are perceived as very informal. The buffet table takes up space in the reception hall which may take away from the aesthetic.
  3. You may run out of food! Although going up for seconds and being able to fill your plate up however you’d like is a pro for guests, and happy guests means less stress for the couple, make sure you order enough food!

Plated Style Dinner:


  1. This is the traditional choice. It gives a very classy vibe that can fit with almost any wedding reception style, offering a special and intimate feel.
  2. Plated dinners do not take up a lot of space in the reception area. In fact, it barely takes up any extra space at all. If you’re limited to a small space or want more room for other things (like the dance floor!) this may be the best option for you.
  3. Because meal selections are made prior to the actual reception, your caterers will know exactly how much food will be needed so there’s no worry about running out!


  1. This is probably the worst option for picky eaters. Plated dinners offer a very small variety of choices, usually chicken, steak, fish and maybe a vegetarian option. Also, you don’t get to choose how much of each item you want on your plate.
  2. This option may be a little pricey due to the need for more wait staff needed to serve and clean up tables.
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