There are certainly pros and cons to different wedding styles. It’s of course completely up to you which way you go, but here are some benefits to both catering options.


  • A buffet meal offers more variety. You can have multiple dishes, from which your guests can pick and choose.
  • For your guests who are not meat eaters, buffets provide for a greater selection of vegetarian dishes. With a plated meal, you will typically have at most one vegetarian alternative.
  • Buffets look both abundant and decadent!
  • Less staff is usually required for a buffet, as a plated reception means more staff are needed to address the individual needs of each guest.
  • For those guests who have worked up quite an appetite, buffet receptions offer the opportunity for seconds.
  • Buffet weddings tend to be more relaxed and casual…it allows for people to eat when and how often they’d like.


  • A plated meal means your guests don’t have to queue. This is especially good for the elderly and for the ladies!
  • When it comes to presentation, plated courses individually look beautiful, and less room is required in the venue (as opposed to a buffet).
  • The food is showcased better as plated courses and is more like the chefs intended it to be presented.
  • There’s no denying the fact that your guests will receive a different level of service than they would with a buffet. They will feel treated and individually looked after.
  • A plated reception means that there won’t be people milling about and getting up throughout the evening, and speeches can be planned to fit in between each course.
  • Plated courses are more formal and elegant.

If you’re still not sure which style will suit your tastes and theme, there’s one more option – combine the two. You could have a plated main and a dessert buffet. The best idea is to talk to us about your guest numbers, your venue, your style and your tastes – we’ll be able to direct you in the right direction.