(Closed) Buffet help! What to do with the tables?

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There have been previous posts about how to set up guest tables when you are having a buffet. Some brides like the look of the plate on the table to complete the setting. The guests then have to take the plate to the buffet. Other brides prefer to have the plates stacked at the beginning of the buffet.

You can still have the cutlery and glasses  set out in place settings. You can also place a folded napkin where the plate would normally be.

 

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’ve attended weddings with buffets, and I agree with the previous post (arrange the settings as usual, without the plates).

For drinks, it depends – I think it’s safe to have a water pitcher and water glasses on the table. If there are drinks (wine, punch, etc) and they will be on a table where they serve themselves, you can just prompt them to get a drink at the beginning (most will anyways!). We had a bar, so there were no drinks on the tables (except for water) and before the toasts, we told folks to refresh their drinks. It was fine!

Post # 5
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Helper bee

You could use the napkin & add a menu or napkin ring to spice it up. Or you could use a charger plate (however then you run the risk of people carrying that plate to the buffet).

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