Post # 1
I don’t want to do table seating charts, etc. I think it’s more work than it’s worth in my case but I am having a buffet reception. How should we orchestrate people to the buffet? I was thinking either label/number tables and go by that or should they just line up and wait for food that way?
Post # 3
I vote that you do it by table number. It always seems less chaotic when people are released in shifts, rather than all at once. Less waiting-in-line time too.
Post # 4
I personally don’t like waiting in lines, so I don’t like the “come and get it” approach. usually end up waiting until the lines die down and hope there is still food. So, even if you aren’t going to assign tables (and you should plan extra tables if this is the case) I would recommend going to the buffet by tables, once everyone has found their place (also plan extra time for this if tables aren’t assigned). The way we are handling this is that the bridla party and immediate family go first. Then the tables will play a trivia gave about me and my fiance to see who get to go through the buffet line first: The DJ asks “Who said I love you first” and the first table to raise a hand gets to answer and if they’re right, they get to eat, and so on.
Post # 5
We had the DJ announce that family and bridal party could hit the buffet first, then everyone else just kind of flitered over whenever they felt like it. The venue was continually replacing food so it was always hot. Depends on how many guests/tables you’re having. We didn’t bother with seating charts either and it worked out fine. If possible, have a double-sided buffet so it will go faster since you have two lines working at once.