(Closed) Buffet Bees: How did you set your tables?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll:
    Set the table : (17 votes)
    68 %
    Just put napkins on the table, let them get their own flatware : (6 votes)
    24 %
    Nothing on tables, everything with buffet : (2 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    We had napkins and flatware on the tables so they only had to carry plates.

    Post # 4
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    7587 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Even though I didn’t have a buffet, I have to answer this question.

    I went to a buffet wedding 2 weeks ago, where they left everything at the buffet. I watched this turn into a logistical nightmare.  People couldn’t carry everything, than would get back up, and have to work their way into the middle of the line. Darling Husband and I actually shared a knife becasue I forgot one and it was to crazy to get back up to get one. Plus I watched a lot of hubby’s go the bar and wives go to the buffet to make 2 plates. That made it even worse for her.

    Put the napkin and flatware on the table at least.

    Post # 5
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    1843 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    100% – set the table so the plate is the only thing they need to carry.

    Post # 6
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    1398 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    napkins, flatware and glasses will be at the tables. We’ll have carafes of water and bottles of wine for guests on the tables as well. The only thing they should have to carry is their plates.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Leave the utensils, glassware and napkins at the table. It totally sucks forgetting a fork, spoon, knife or napkin, or in turn having to juggle it all with a plate full of food! =)

    Post # 8
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    2600 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Set everything but the plate – it just makes it SO MUCH easier for the guest.

    I’m rolling silverware and tying a tissue paper flower napkin ring around it, but if I hadn’t made those I would have set the table with them on it.

     

    Post # 9
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    3167 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    we’ll be setting the table – it’s much more visually appealling as well as easier on the guests :]

    Post # 11
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    4887 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m having a buffet with set, plated salad.  I didn’t like the idea of salad swimming around on a plate with the rest of the food, and the salad is really gorgeous and adds a nice touch.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Silverware, chargers, and glasses were all out on the table already.  The only thing we left off was the plate itself so that they could more easily grab on at the start of the buffet and go from there.  With the chargers on the table, it already looked pretty much like a complete set-up.  🙂

    Post # 13
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    5273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I’m with everyone else, have everything but the plate itself set on the table.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @Amaryllis:  HAHA!  I can get that.  As far as I know, none of my guests took their chargers up, but then there was a server and my wedding planner that were going around letting people know what to do and when to do it, so that may have helped.  🙂

    Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    here is my table… there was also sposed to be glasses of water set out… but of course my caterer didnt listen and forgot. anyways… we had napkins and flatware set out on the table 🙂

     

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