Weighing the pros and cons of a buffet vs. plated reception is a heavy task. While the jury is still out on which is best, here is what I have learned about each to help you reach a final verdict. First up, the buffet option:
-Usually less expensive (though not always!)
-Provides a greater selection and give guests more control over portion sizes and food likes/dislikes.
-Guests don’t have to choose between chicken, steak or fish; they could have a little of all three!
-If you are behind schedule, buffets are more forgiving than plated meals.
-Items are more consistently served at the right temperature
-Some guests can have seconds while light eaters won’t waste an over-filled plate.
-Getting up gets guests mingling!
-Works well for large groups… IF the buffet tables are double-sided, well stocked, and guests are called up by table – calling tables ensures guests won’t stand in an ultra long line.
-A great option if the reception site is located a distance away from the kitchen, such as outdoors. Read Full Article