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Wedding Planning Tips:Buffet VS Plated Dinner



The most common problem newlyweds run into when planning their wedding is a simple but important question, plated dinner or buffet. Everyone wants their wedding to be perfect which makes answering this question even more difficult. Both wedding catering styles have their pros and cons. The key to making choices you are confident in is knowing to back those choices up. We have put together a summary of things you should know about both catering styles and also cleared some misinformation about said styles.


Buffets benefits

First of all, what is a buffet? A buffet is a meal consisting of several dishes from which guests serve themselves. In a buffet style, all food items are set on a long buffet table. Guests pick up a plate and serve themselves choosing items they like. A common misconception about buffets is that they are cheap; this is not the case. The price depends on the quality of the food and the catering service you choose. The higher the quality the higher the price


The Variety Of Food

A buffet offers more options for your guests. Some people like meat, some vegetables, some only eat desserts in a buffet. The guests can mix and match and eat the food they prefer.


Control Over Portions

It’s come to the knowledge that some people eat less or more than others, some are on a diet or are restricted from eating certain meals. A buffet gives guests control over what they want to eat and how much they want to eat.


Easier To Manage

When you have a buffet, you don’t have to put meal options on your response card or keep track of what everyone wants for dinner. Plus, only a small number of staff is needed so it becomes far easier to manage everything and gives you time to focus on the guest rather than the staff.


Plated Dinner benefits

Let’s first tell you what a Plated dinner is. A dining option in which your guests remain seated for the entire meal. In a plated dinner everyone is seated and served at roughly the same time in a very organized manner.


More Elegant

This is one of the most elegant ways to serve your guests. The super organized and choreographed feel of a plated dinner gives a far more formal atmosphere to your wedding than a buffet ever could.


Easier to control

By this we mean it gives you more control over the timing of your reception. You can plan the exact time for each element of your wedding reception (champagne toast, the first dance, etc). This allows you to have your wedding exactly the way you want it to be.


No waiting inline

Unlike a buffet where the guests have to wait in line for food, they will be served their meal at their table at the same time. These can save your guests a lot of time and hassle of getting up and waiting in line for food.


Which Style Should I Pick?

The answer to this question is entirely up to you. Both catering services have their advantages and neither is better than the other. However, what can help you decide if the overall feel you are going for an elegant and formal plated dinner is for you or maybe a more casual and laid back atmosphere is what you are looking for then don’t hesitate to choose the buffet. If you are looking for Wedding catering in Vancouver look no further than The Supper Club and have Vancouver’s premium dining experience.


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