(Closed) Buffet girls?

posted 12 years ago in Food
  • poll: Where should dinner plates be setup at
    the buffet table : (26 votes)
    76 %
    the guest tables : (8 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 3
    210 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House

    I like the look of set up tables too, but it made no sense for guests to bring their plates to the buffet table. 🙂  I’m thinking of putting our favors on the tables (instead of putting them on a seperate table by themselves).  Hopefully this paired with the centerpieces will make the tables less bare.  You could also do just chargers (if they are within your budget) at each place setting.

    Post # 5
    80 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2009 - Catholic ceremony, reception at local armory

    I am struggling with this too.  The table looks so much nicer with plates all set out, but I’m not sure if its practical.  I think I’ll probably do the same as Miss Beagle and put our favors at each place setting to make the table less bare.

    Post # 6
    118 posts
    Blushing bee

    Just my two cents, but if you like the look of the full place settings, just have them set up for the first impression. It isn’t strictly practical, no, but really, how hard is it to bring the plate up to the buffet? It just boils down to whether you want that finished look or not. Totally up to you.

    Post # 7
    1237 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I think every buffet wedding I’ve been to, they’ve been on the buffet table. That’s what we’re going to do.

    Post # 8
    668 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Our plates were on our tables. I didn’t think about it ahead of time — that’s what the caterer did. There was flatware, a plates and a glass of water at each place. People took their plates up and came back. I guess it was weird, but it didn’t bother me. Then again, we only had 40 settings, so no one was really trekking across a room with an empty plate. (Although if that’s your concern, they’ll have to trek back with a full plate!)

    I didn’t answer your poll because I don’t think there is a "should" — you can do it either way and it will be fine. 

    Post # 9
    1131 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2021

    What about using chargers on the actual tables, so you still get the look of the plates? It makes so much more sense to have them by the line, but I get what you’re talking about.

    Post # 10
    154 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I agree with Miss Beagle! While I love the look, I know it at least doesn’t make practical sense for us. But the idea of putting favor boxes on the table is a great alternative! I think that’s what we’re planning on 🙂

    Post # 11
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think Miss Beagle, Miss Mascara, and June Bug are on the right track with the plates on the buffet table and the favors on the dinner tables.  I think I’ll follow their advice!

    Post # 12
    296 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    We had our plates at the buffet, which was just easier for everyone.  Instead of a plate at each place setting, we had the caterer fold the napkins into pockets and we arranged the favors at each place.  Not the same look as a full set table, but not too shabby. 🙂


    Post # 13
    2220 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I think putting a favor in place of a plate is a great option! While it looks nice to have a plate at the table, it is a little awkward & may possibly cause some confusion.

    We’re putting our napkins on the table like this…


    Post # 14
    784 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2008

    Is there any way your caterer might set the tables with salads just before the guests arrive.  Then there will be plates on the tables, they will look full and colorful and your guests can get started eating somethign right away while they wait to go up in line. 

    I have catered for years and this is what we always do (whether it is a buffet or served meal).  As a guest I also appreciate having something to nibble on while I wait – especially if there are a lot of guests going ahead of our table. 

    We had salads plated on the tables at our wedding before the dinner was served and it worked out really nicely because each table arrived in the dining room at a different time and they had something to eat while they waited for the rest of the dinner to be served.

    Post # 15
    55 posts
    Worker bee

    i had our napkins and favors on each place setting


    Post # 16
    8375 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Not sure how this all works since we’re doing plated, but make sure the buffet line is long enough and can be accessed by 2 sides! I went to a buffet and was table #27…i waited almost 50 minutes to get my dinner. And worst of all, we were sitting right NEXT to the buffet, which of course was in the back.

    At a friend’s wedding she had stations set up around the room. It was a smaller wedding, but it was really neat and less congested and you could mingle better. 

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