Costs For Different Meal Options?
Question: Which type of meal is cheaper -- a seated dinner, a buffet, or finger foods?
Answer: by The Knot
This question is more complicated than it seems! Let’s start with seated meal vs. buffet. It would seem that a buffet would cost less across the board, but that’s not necessarily true. It depends on the time of day (a seated lunch or brunch could certainly cost less than a dinner buffet), the number of guests, and the foods you choose to serve. Sure, you’ll need to pay for waiters to serve a seated meal, but with a buffet you’ll want wait staff on hand to make sure serving dishes are full, or even to make crepes or pasta dishes, so the cost could be comparable. A cocktail reception may cost less because less food is involved, but keep in mind that guests may drink more if they aren’t served a full meal. The bottom line — talk to your banquet manager or caterer about the different options and how much they will cost (ask for an itemised estimate). That’s the only way to really find out what’s going to be most cost effective for you.
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