There are so many choices when it comes to planning your wedding, and choosing how you feed your guests is a big one. Buffet and plated are the most popular options and we have outlined the pros and cons of each.
A plated meal means guests will remain seated while the wait staff serves each course. Guests are typically given 2-3 entrée options to choose from and make their selections in advance. You will need to confirm headcount and options with the caterer, which can be tricky if you have last minute changes. A plated meal also offers structured time for toast, speeches, and other wedding activities.
A buffet meal entails guests getting up one at a time to retrieve their food. This allows for more variety as you can offer several entrées and sides. You will still need to confirm headcount with the caterer so they can prepare the right quantity, but there is a bit more room for last minute changes. That being said there is still the possibility you might run out of food since guests choose day of.
When deciding which option is best for you, consider what kind of experience you want your guests to have. A plated dinner is more formal and usually takes up more reception time. A buffet provides guests with a more casual dining experience and allow them to mingle while waiting in line. If you are still unsure, consult with your caterer so they can make their recommendation. No matter what you choose, guests are guaranteed to have a good time!