Post # 1
We chose to go with a buffet style dinner instead of the plated dinner because it was WAY less expensive @ our venue and because we wanted a more relaxed vibe…
Since we are going with the buffet, our venue will not be putting the place settings out on the tables (silverware, plates, glasses etc), those will be by the buffet. I was fine with that at first when we agreed to it, but now I’m like…wait…the tables are going to look bare! lol.
So far, our tables will look like this…
black tablecloths & black/white damask table runners, white linen napkins, "tiffany boxes" that will be placed at each place setting (they are filled with our favors), and our centerpieces which are antique blue mason jars with ivory roses and frosted votives on each side.
My question is…is this enough for each table? Or should we look into purchasing some colored chargers or something? I’m just worried that the tables will look weird because of the missing dinnerware.
Any suggestions? Even better…any pics of tables that don’t have the plates?
Post # 3
I actually think it will look fine. Come to think of it, would they have plates for a sit down? I mean when they bring out the food it will already be on the plate, so no need for one to be on the table already.
I was thinking about charger plates. The problem is that they can be expensive. And if you go for inexpenive ones, they’re made of plastics. I’m not sure that will help your cause. Perhaps the venue has some decent ones you can rent. Or they could put plates on the table. And the guests could bring the plates from the table to the buffet line.
Post # 4
Some caterers will plate the salad only, and have that on the table when guests arrive at the reception. That way, people will have something to eat while they wait for thier table to be called for the buffet. I’m hoping my caterer will do this — I wasn’t thinking of it when we originally signed with them so I have to call and ask about it, but I don’t think they’ll give me fuss about it. I don’t know if this would work for you, but you could try it!
Post # 5
I think it will be ok, though I would ask if the caterer can at least set the tables with the silverware & napkins so the guests just have to get their plate from the buffet line.
I think a presentation on the table with the silverware and napkin looks really nice (a plate isnt usually set out anyways) and it can add alot of the table, with just the napkin fold alone.
Glasses should already be on the tables as well, filled with water. Just because you are doing a buffet doesnt mean the tables shouldnt have water on them for your guests. What about the champagne glass (if you are doing a toast)?
Post # 6
I agree with naangel55 – maybe ask if the silverware and glasses could already be on the table. If you are having a wine service, it’s generally easier on the server if they don’t have to bring glasses as well as both types of wine. But other than that, I think it will look fine!
Post # 7
We haven’t decided if we are going to do a champagne toast or if we are just going to have a toast with whatever drinks people have…we are doing signature drinks already, so we haven’t decided on that.
I will ask the caterer about the silverware and water glasses being put out on the table already. That would make it a lot easier for the guests so they don’t have to make multiple trips back and forth from the buffet line.
Post # 8
I think it will be fine, I would just fold the napkin in a rectangle shape and have it directly in front of each chair. That would take up some space.
Post # 9
They aren’t putting water glasses and silverware on the tables?
I’ve been to lots of buffets, but usually there is at least silverware and water glasses on the tables.
I wouldn’t be concerned about it looking bare, but more concerned about people having to carry their plate of food- as well as their silverware and drink to the table.
Post # 10
That sounds fine, you might want to think of menu cards. We are doing buffet too and along with the silver ware, centerpieces, favors and glasses we are making menu cards to add a little more.
Post # 11
Agreed with the above. Even at most waiter-served receptions I’ve been to, the plates are not put out already (unless there are chargers), because the waiters bring the food on the plates.
I would have the tables pre-set with water glasses, silverware, and napkins. All the guest should have to bring back is their food on a plate. That’s what we’re doing! Actually, we’re having the salad pre-plated as well, and already sitting on the table.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t worry too much about it- the tables will look exactly the same as they will once people have eaten and the tables have been cleared 🙂