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We also have allergies and diet preferences. When we first started even talking about getting married my fiancé made it very clear he really wanted a plated service. It didn’t really matter to me so we’re doing a plated service. Now that we are full blown planning and making our vision come true Im so happy I trusted his decision to go with a plated service.
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My cousins wedding back in October of 2020 during COVId they did a buffet and all I got to say is what a disaster. And I’m not sure if you did your dance and speech before or after. But i have a 90 somewhat year old grandfather who was getting impatient to a point where my fiancé had go get them their plates. It took us a good amount of time to get our food. And our caterer was telling us a horror story of where a fob got belligerent and started telling some sob story
Plated meal - it was on my 'must have' list. It is actually going to be cheaper than a buffet, which I didn't care about. What was most important was that everyone gets served their meal, rather than having to go stand in a 'cafeteria line' ( I don't care HOW many servers or how nice the buffet is done up, to ME it is High School throw back time) Just my 2 cents.
We're doing two buffet lines (served only by venue staff), it was cheaper than plated with the same number of options. Any dietary restrictions/allergies we let them know 3 weeks ahead of time and they make appropriate plated portions of food for those guests. (Ex: my FH's cousin has celiac and is a vegetarian, so she'll get a vegetarian entree, and they'll have made all sides gluten free for her, and to avoid contamination, they serve it to her at her table). My FH has dietary restrictions as well, so he actually got to custom order what he wanted and they'll serve that to him, while I'll be served a small portion of everything I want from our buffet without having to get in line myself