Post # 1
For the reception we are doing a buffet meal, but I don’t know what to do about place settings. I want the tables to look as nice as possible, but for most buffets you have the plates and utensils up near the food. Do you think the tables will look too stark with just the centerpieces on them? Also, what about drinks? I think that we’ll need to have the toasting glasses on the tables ready to go since that will be right at the start, but should we do a separate drink table or have just water at the tables? I feel lost…
Post # 3
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
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
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).