August 9, 2019

Plated or Buffet Style: What is Right for Your Wedding?

Planning your wedding can be a full-time job. There are all the little details you have to worry about — the music, the flower arrangements, the guest list, even your wedding attire! The last thing you need to worry about is food. After all, isn’t that the reason you hired a caterer?

While it’s true the caterer will take care of your food selection on your big day, you still need to answer one crucial question — will it be a sit-down dinner or buffet style?

Let’s look at the pros and cons of each style to see what’s right for your wedding!

A Sit-Down Affair

A sit-down wedding dinner consists of several plated courses served to your guests. The courses usually include a first course such as soup or salad, entree, and possibly intermezzo before the cutting of the cake.

A plated dinner adds a little more elegance to your wedding. The plates will be beautifully presented to your guests, earning praise with oohs and ahhs. And who doesn’t like getting food served to them?

The beauty of a sit-down wedding dinner is the comfort level of your guests. For example, if any of your guests are elderly or mobility-challenged, then a plated dinner is the way to go.

But with a plated dinner, your guests will be restricted in what they will be eating. If many of your guests have dietary restrictions such as vegetarian or gluten-free, there may be more choices for them through a buffet option rather than a sit-down dinner.

A Buffet for All

A buffet is usually a considerable array of food with either attendants helping guests plate their food or letting the guests handle the plating themselves. The guests can go station to station, picking and choosing at random. Don’t like roast beef? No problem! You can easily skip that station.

The buffet-style dinner may not be as elegant as a sit-down dinner, but it does offer more food options. For example, you can create a baked potato bar or MTO grilled cheese station. The possibilities are endless!

However, there is always the worry of long lines at the buffet, causing very hangry guests!

Cocktail Hour Buffet — The Best of Both Worlds?

Still unsure what’s best for you? Well, here’s a thought — what about a cocktail buffet?

Many wedding receptions these days go with the best of both worlds option — choosing a cocktail hour buffet with a sit-down dinner afterward. A buffet during the cocktail hour can give your guests that freedom to choose multiple food options while still having the elegance of a plated meal later that evening.
But if you’re still on the fence with what you should do next, it’s always best to sit down with your caterer to plan it out. And if you’re still in search of the right caterer, why don’t you give Grico’s a call? Whether you’re planning an elegant wedding or a small affair, we offer a variety of packages that will fulfill your dreams and accommodate your budget. Contact us today!