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Buffet Catering for Los Angeles Weddings

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Buffet Catering for Los Angeles Weddings

Designed Thoughtfully. Crafted Lovingly. Presented Beautifully.®

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Buffet Wedding Reception (may include action stations!)

Flexibility, guest choice, and ease are all pros of a buffet-style wedding. For some, this is a solution to wanting specific food options that aren’t well suited for a plated dinner or something that requires a heat source to maintain its freshness. For others, buffets allow a diverse amount of offerings while being cost-effective as they require fewer staff.

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Consider mixing in an action station, see our stations page for more info here: (Link to stations page)

Defining Buffet

    Buffets are a classic approach when catering a wedding. Offering guests the chance to get up, grab a plate, and choose their meal items as they stroll through the buffet table. Typically, there will be a range of various starters, entrees, and sides and each plate will look a little different. Guests typically appreciate the flexibility, and there are ways to mix and match styles and varied dietary preferences. Buffets can be a great way to stretch your budget, as the quantities can be customized, and staffing needs are less than that of a plated meal.

Buffet Menu Design

  • Designing a wedding buffet starts by considering your guests. You have flexibility with quantities and menu options that will fit the needs of your guests better than with a plated or family-style meal. This can have budget advantages, and buffet portions stretch which offers even more savings.
  • If you like the idea of a buffet, you might consider a hybrid menu that could involve stations or some passed bites. Determining how flexible you are to allocate the right amount of staff to handle the various types of service will allow you to incorporate varying levels of service.
  • Some menu items do better than others in a buffet. We recommend backing into service style after you have determined the story you want to tell and the vision that will get you what's most important to you. If you want scallops, that’s likely not the right fit for a buffet as they won’t keep well in warming dishes.
  • Advantages and a Few Things to Consider

    • Casual vibe - Buffets offer a more casual vibe to an event that allows people to choose their selections and offers flexibility in their choices. The relaxed nature is perfect for a mixed group that wouldn’t necessarily love sitting through the designated meal. The flexibility is great for those who might want seconds or choose to eat at their own pace. 
    • Lines - Buffets undoubtedly have a reputation for long lines, but there are ways to cut down the wait time such as double-sided serving, or splitting the buffet into different areas of your space.
    • Centerpiece flexibility - Get creative with your tablescapes as you won’t have the center of the tables filled with the meal. Buffets leave you more space to play with..
    • Staffing - Somewhat reduced staffing requirement as compared to a plated service.
    • Floorplan - Make sure your space can accommodate the tables needed to host your buffet in addition to your guest seating and the dance floor of course!

    Wedding Buffets Inspiration Photos

    White Vintage Dessert Display @ Wedding
    Fruit and Dip Display
    Buffet Line @ Wedding
    Beef Skewers on Buffet
    Venice Beach Wedding Buffet
    Carving Station at the buffet
    Lettuce Wrap Bites on Bamboo Spoons
    Backyard BBQ Party Market Station
    Dessert Display and Vintage Pies @ Orcutt Ranch
    BBQ Party Condiments
    Buffet Station @ Wedding
    RideOn Fundraiser Buffet 4
    Buffet Table in Grand Hall @ Millwick
    TreePeople Buffet 1
    Mini slider bar on rustic display
    Buffet setup for UCLA alumni Dinner with 12 Strangers
    Backyard BBQ Party Edamame Hummus Crostini
    Watermelon Cubes with Gazpacho
    Assorted Breads on Buffet
    Noodle Salad in Individual Takeout Boxes
    Asian Display with Individually Boxed Noodles
    Brunch Display
    American Action Station @ International Themed Wedding
    Orzo Salad
    Wedding Buffet @ Orcutt Ranch
    Strawberry Shortcake Trifle
    RideOn Fundraiser Buffet Station
    Vintage Buffet Chafing Dishes @ Orcutt Ranch Wedding
    Farm to table fruit display
    Casino Display Closeup
    Drink Station
    Stationary hors d'oeuvres on contemporary display
    Wedding Appetizer Display @ Orcutt Ranch
    Graduation/Birthday Party International Cheese and Charcuterie Display Closeup 2
    Market Salad Buffet Station
    Non Alcoholic Beverage Station
    Graduation/Birthday Party Carnival Fry Station
    Sauteed Polenta Cakes with Mushroom Ragu and Microgreens
    Graduation/Birthday Party International Cheese and Charcuterie Display
    Summer Salads and Proteins
    Dinner on Buffet Table
    Grilled Vegetable Medley and Seasonal Salad
    Asian Noodle Station at Corporate Event
    Mediterranean Buffet Station
    Asian Display
    Taco Bar Station
    Mexican Buffet Station @ International-Themed Wedding
    Rustic Salad Display @ Wedding
    Closeup of Welcome Appetizers Table
    Company BBQ Salad Bar
    Market salad display on wedding buffet
    Mexican Buffet Station @ Wedding
    Olives and Feta Salad
    Chafing Dishes - Wedding Buffet

    Recommended Menus

    Asian Inspired Buffet Menu
    For an upscale crowd who enjoys a fusion of asian inspired dishes

    Download PDF: Asian Inspired Buffet Menu

    Asian Inspired Buffet Menu
    Urban Cowboy Buffet Menu
    Buffet fit for the modern day cowboy with souther western inspired dishes

    Download PDF: Urban Cowboy Buffet Menu

    Urban Cowboy Buffet Menu

    Example Wedding Buffetss

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    Wedding Buffets Reviews

    Wedding Dessert Display - It was perfect!

    Thanks for everything...it was perfect!<.p>

    - Michael S.

    Wedding Cocktail Hour - Truly appreciated your team

    What a beautiful and enchanting wedding yesterday! I just wanted to say thank you for working closely together with me to create this smooth, beautiful event that Nicole and Neill will never forget. I truly appreciated your team's flexibility, go-with-the-flow attitude, and willingness to help with staging the desserts! Thank you again, and I hope to have an opportunity to work together with you again in the future! :)

    - Jackie M.

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