Post # 1
Problem: My catering company provides clear plastic plates, and silver plastic-ware with their food along with plastic cups. I was planning on renting plates and silverware, along with water glasses and champaigne flutes to put on the tables. If I do this, they are going to charge me extra because they have to clear and scrape all the plates (and we would have to wash them). Do I just leave the tables empty except for centerpiece? Or pay the extra on top of renting the real stuff? I’ll also add that this is a buffet meal. If I do go with the catering items, do I still put a champaigne glass on the table by iteself?
Side Note: This is an outdoor tent wedding, and its more on the casual side, not super formal.
Post # 3
My FSIL had a casual lakeside wedding last summer, and because her ceremony and reception were under a tent in the same space she had everyone sitting at the tables through the ceremony. She also had a buffet, and plates/silverware/cups were all up at the buffet line. All she had on her tables were the centerpieces and favors at each place. It was totally cute and I didn’t think it looked odd at all. I would say if you’re worried about the tables looking “naked”, ask your caterers to set up a water glass and silverware at each seat. Much less for your guests to carry back from the buffet line, too!
Post # 4
Thats what we did.. we had buffet and left the tables empty except for the favors and the center pieces
Post # 5
I think it would be easier for your guests if the silverware, napkin and glassware were at their tables. If you are concered about the empoty spot where the palte would go, you can have them place the napkins there.
I don’t like this napkin fold, but it is an example.
Post # 6
but what about the champaign glass? Should I still have it on the table? They will get a plastic cup at the buffet line for their lemonade or tea. Would it loook strange to have that there? I guess I could have them get up before the toasts and grab a drink….we aren’t having a bar.
Post # 7
@steferz91: I LOVED the wedding placemats I saw on pinterest! They didn’t work for us in the end, but there is SO much you can do with it (google for ideas) and it would be such a personal touch! Yes to the champagne at each place!
Post # 8
@steferz91: It is difficult enough for most people to carry their own full plate back from the buffet, much less add a glass for lemonade or tea, and a champagne galss.
Have the caterer place the glasses at the tables as part of the place settings.