(Closed) Buffet- Do we need…

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

The way I’ve seen it done-There are tables and chairs for everybody-the bride and groom lead the buffet, and as each person goes through the buffet, they go to their table with their food.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Irreguardless of the type of menu, I would have a seat for everyone. I would hate to go to a wedding and not be able to find a seat. It really is bothersome to have to balance a purse, a plate of food, and a drink, and also to have to stand all night in high heels.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m not planning on having seating for everyone, but I am trying to have seating for about 2/3 of the people and enough high tops for all the others to mingle around.  Hopefully that is helpful.  I want to encouraged dancing and mingling!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We’re doing an hors d’oeuvres buffet and not having seating for everyone at dinner. However, we’ve thought about the food very carefully and none of it even requires a fork to eat and we’re using small plates that are easy to carry. Additionally, we will have lots of cocktail tables. However, if I was doing a more traditional buffet I would definitely have seating for everyone because cutting food, using a fork, etc is rather a balancing act without a seat and table.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Everybody needs a place to put their plate! @LRin2011, as long as you have enough high tops, that should work, but its sooo awkward to have a plate of food and have to stand eat it with a drink and knife and fork. Does. Not. Work. Personally, if you are doing a buffet, I would provide enough tables and chairs for everyone. If you are having a more casual affair, heavy hors d’oevuers with limited seating is appropriate. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would agree with what sapphirebride said about picking your food carefully.  We haven’t decided on our menu yet, but it will all be small plates where the most you will need is a fork, no cutting required.

I would also consider a lounge area near by just in case some of your guests who didn’t find a seat and wanted one could sit down and eat at.

Post # 9
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Honey bee

A buffet is no different from a plated meal except that guests pick their own food. A table and chair (plus silverware) is required for every guest.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I think you can get away with that approach if you stick with the appetizers, but once you move to a full dinner (buffet or not), your guests will expect to sit to eat their meal. Sorry!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am also on the side of having a seat for everyone.  I’m the type of person who prefers to eat in front of a table and it would be especially hard when it’s not finger food.  I would also feel more comfortable having a chance to sit when I’m in high heels.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I vote for a seat for all guests. Everyone will get tired and want to sit down

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