(Closed) Buffet dinner etiquette rant…

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wow. That’s ridiculous. What poorly mannered people. Maybe at your wedding have the staff under strict instructions to keep the dinner food covered until mealtime has been announced. Hopefully people won’t be so rude as to open everything up.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

That should never have happened.  The catering staff should have been instructed to hold off until after the bride and groom’s arrival. Usually guests are instructed to take their seats by the DJ (or whomever is running the timeline) before the B and G’s grand entrance.  Then the catering staff goes from table to table signaling each table to go get their food. The bridal party always eats first, then the families, then the rest of the guests. That way they are ready for the toasts while the guests are seated and eating,

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our cocktail hour is in a different part of our venue than our buffet dinner, so the guests won’t have access to the food before it is time to eat. That’s one way to control it effectively! Otherwise, give th caterers the instructions that they are to politely fend people off until a pre-determined time. That should cover you.

Post # 6
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573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Instruct your catering staff to guide guests and keep the plates covered until dinner is served.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ooooo. this is interesting! We are having a backyard wedding and ALL the food will be out- the desserts, buffet, and hors d’oeuvres. I would be pissed if people started eating food before it’s time, like munching on hors d’oeuvres during the ceremony, buffet during the cocktail hour, and being greedy and going at the dessert bar before the cake is cut. Appaling behavior at that wedding, I’ll remember to keep all the food covered until chow time.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Where were the venue staff?  They should have had the DJ announce that it was cocktail hour and what time dinner would be served.  That’s ludicrous and I wouldn’t have handed over the check at the end of the night lol

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