Choosing to have a buffet because it’s more affordable.
Saving money is important, but the idea that a buffet is always more affordable isn’t true, says Becky Geisel, executive chef at Fell Stone Manor in Hampton, New Jersey. “Most people think that the buffet is cheaper, but they don’t necessarily cost less than a plated meal,” she explains. “Buffets require much more food and choices for your guests and a chef or caterer never wants to run out, so food costs will be slightly higher. The buffet also needs to be managed by the staff to maintain quality and quantity. This, too, is an added expense.”