Hot Or Cold Buffet? Please help!

Canada
February 16, 2007 5:54pm CST
I'm getting married next year and have been looking at different kinds of food for the reception. My partner and I both agree that we want to do a buffet as opposed to the traditional sit down meal, because we like the more informal setting, and people can help themselves however they like. The only thing we can't make our minds up about is whether to have a hot or a cold buffet. I've been to Weddings before where they've had a hot buffet and I really enjoyed it, but at the same time, so many people tend to go for the cold buffet such as Sandwiches and stuff. I really can't make my mind up. Any thoughts or opinions on this?
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• United States
17 Feb 07
I would go with cold buffet it easier for guests to eat a sandwich than burrito in their nice clothes. A cold buffet is just easier for serving and keeps nicer than a hot buffet. Once the enchilda's for instance have been dug into they just don't look attractive any more and then people don't want to eat them. Sandwiches and the such always looks appetizing (sp). At least was our experience at a friends wedding when she did a hot mexican buffet.
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• Canada
17 Feb 07
Thank you for your response. I actually never thought of that part about the food not looking as appetizing once its been dug into. Thanks!
• United States
17 Feb 07
You could always try a bit of both..You seem to enjoy both, and people love buffets. A bit of hot and cold would make everyone happy.
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• Canada
17 Feb 07
Thank you for your response. A bit of both is a good idea actually. And it might just help save a little money too. Why does Wedding catering have to be so expensive?? Thanks!
@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I like the cold buffet idea the best. If your reception is going to last an hour or more, keeping hot food hot is sometimes a problem, and hot food also tends to be more expensive if cost is a factor. With cold food, the people can move around visiting at a leisurely pace without thinking they have to hurry before the food gets cold. Also, sandwiches are less messy if there are any spills, (and there probably will be.)
• Canada
17 Feb 07
Thank you for your response. There's always so many different things to take into account, and you brought up some very good points.
• United States
16 Feb 07
Most buffets I have been at have both. Check with your caterer that way you can please everyone. BTW congratulations!
• Canada
17 Feb 07
Thank you for your response. :) I should also mention (because I forgot above!) that we're getting married at the top of a mountain. The date is set for April the 12th but the mountain is a ski resort and at that time of year, they're still skiing and it can be pretty cold at times!
@caramello (4381)
• Australia
26 Feb 07
Firstly congratulations on your coming event, and all the decisions that have to be made, hope they go smoothly for you! My daughter had a beach wedding just last week and the reception was a cocktail party so no formal sit down and all went very well. As for the food it was hot and cold but it was all eaten as they just kept walking around and serving people and especially the young ones who tend to stand in groups and sometimes "forget" to eat. The running chocolate fountain was a good choice and so yummy!
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
26 Feb 07
when my sister got married she had a hot and cold buffet. It went over very good.
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@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
25 Feb 07
Ok I would go for the cold one as People like to go back for more at a later time. With a hot Buffet you are not able to do that as it will not taste as good. Even if you keep it heated up it will not taste the same, but another Idea why not do both, have a hot and a cold one? It is just a thought.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
25 Feb 07
I would go with a mix of both. It will give plenty of choices to the guests and in my opinion it will look even better than just a cold buffet - no matter how elaborate those sandwiches are :) -. Good luck with your plans:)
@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
25 Feb 07
Congratualtions, a buffet is a great choice and I would go with the cold buffet. So many times the hot buffet is never really hot enough or parts are warm and other parts are cold. With the cold buffet there is no worrying about the temperature of the food. Best of luck to you both.
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@allwin (297)
• India
18 Feb 07
i'd suggest you to give hot n spicy buffet... cause according to me they are very royal food.. and congrats for your marriage!!!
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@weemam (13377)
17 Feb 07
congratulations on your forthcoming marriage , I would go for cold then if there is a hold up of any king you will have no worries about the food getting cold , If it is cold they can go back and forth helping themselves rather than if it has been hot and gone cold it goes to waste , Hope it all goes well I am sure it will xx
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@mariojt (199)
• Brazil
17 Feb 07
both! the people who goes will like varieties.
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@sarah22 (3981)
• United States
28 Mar 07
if its in the summer a nice cold buffet. in the winter i love the warm ones
• United States
28 Feb 07
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! The anticipation is so much fun, if not a little bit stressful at times! Decisions, decisions! I'm going to go with the opposite of the rest of the crowd although all have made good points! I think if you will be at the top of a mountain and there will be snow on the ground a hot buffet would more suit your reception. I personally never long for a cold sandwich on a chilly winter day! If your caterers are professionals you should have no problems with the food remaining hot or the appearance of your dishes. We served a hot buffet at our wedding which was on a cold December day. We still nearly 2 years later recieve many compliments on serving comfort foods that warmed everyone. They felt comfortable and relaxed with familiar foods and the buffet remained beautiful for many hours. My advice would be to think about a favorite meal you've shared with a large group of family or friends in the past and try to recreate that feeling because you all want to be comfortable and enjoy your big day...not worrying about food! I hope some of this helps and can;t wait to hear more about your planning process!
• United States
27 Feb 07
You should have both available. Variety is great. We offered hot items and also had sliced deli meat and rolls too. Everything was eaten. NOt much left over.
@ronita34 (3923)
• Canada
26 Feb 07
I think that there is a simple solution to this and i think that you two should go for both. I think that a cold buffet and a hot buffet would be a wonderful idea and this way you wont have to choose and you know that everyone will be satisfied! Congratulations by the way and Good Luck!!!