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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Rodriguez

Wedding Dinner: Buffet Vs. Plated

Besides music, food is the center of attraction of every wedding. When deciding between plated dinner or buffet for your reception, there are a few things you should take into consideration.

You are inviting people to the most special dinner party you’ll ever throw. No matter which style you pick, whether it’s a formal Plated Sit-down dinner or a Buffet-style, there’s no right or wrong way to do it and should reflect the two of you as a couple.

Buffet – style

A buffet-style reception features one menu that is set up on a large table in one area. This differs from a station-style reception, which will feature multiple menu concepts scattered at multiple displays.

Buffet-style food service has long been a staple of wedding receptions, and for good reason: It’s an economical and efficient way to feed a lot of guests with different dietary preferences at once.

When it comes to the most common forms of event catering, buffet-style is typically a more affordable option than plated.


From a guest standpoint, buffets are great because they can not only pick what they want but how much food they want.

Abundant buffets can be visually appealing and photogenic when executed well, with vibrant food and a talented design team.

Buffets are an easy way to serve a lot of guests.


Waiting for your table to be called up and for others to serve themselves can mean it’ll take longer for guests to get their food.

Plated Sit-Down Dinner

A plated meal is when all the guests are seated and served a formal dinner. Typically, it consists of two courses (an appetizer and an entrée), plus dessert if it’s served tableside.


It immediately sets the tone for a more formal gathering.

You have the most control over the look and feel of the meal.

It is an efficient way to serve the reception meal and keeps things running according to schedule.


The limited variety can be challenging for guests with dietary restrictions.

It typically requires more manpower for serving and plating, so staffing fees tend to be higher.

A plated sit-down dinner can be quite cost-effective because you essentially can control the price. In terms of food costs and rentals, a plated dinner typically costs less than a buffet meal because you don’t need to have as much food (in terms of sheer quantity and variety), but the service costs tend to be a bit higher.

The flow you want to give to your wedding is very important. In our experience, a Plated Sit-down dinner works great for a more intimate wedding with fewer guests.

On the other hand, at destination weddings there is limited time for the reception. In this case, the buffet-style works perfectly since this type of dinner takes less time and you have more time to enjoy the party.

The most important thing here is to offer your guests a nice variety of options, including a few that are vegan/vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free, so there is something for everyone. And of course, whatever you choose, enjoy it in the company of your loved ones.

And as we mentioned at the beginning of this blog, in addition to food, music is one of the most important elements of your wedding. That is why it is important to hire an experienced DJ.

If what you are looking for is the best music and to have the best party on the most important day of your life, do not hesitate to contact us.

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By Veronica Rodriguez


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