Post # 1
We are having an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception with a vintage/country theme. I have bought all the plates for our guests, which will be set up ahead of time. The plates coordinate in sets of 8 for each table setting, but they are all unique vintage. As our favor, guests will take their plate home. (We have party bags and everything worked out.) My question is this: If guests take their plate up to the buffet line and then want seconds, should I provide extra disposable plates at the buffet line? My fiance thinks it’s fine for guests to bring up their own plate for seconds. I’m worried it will look tacky.
Also, should we have separate salad plates to serve salad from the buffet?
Post # 3
I don’t think that people should ever bring a plate up to a buffet twice, as a hygiene issue.
Post # 4
That’s what I was thinking! Where I teach, we are not allowed to bring our plate up twice due to sanitary issues, so I figured it would be the same for a wedding reception. Thanks for your opinion!
Post # 5
Guests should always get a new plate each time through the line for health safety reasons. If you are having a caterer, they will require this. However, be prepared for most people to leave their plates behind since they may not consider it a favor even if you do.
Post # 6
Yeah. No used plates in the line please.
Post # 7
I agree , getting a second serving will require a second plate. I’m afraid that having one plate at the table and a sec
ond disposable plate in the buffet line is going to create confusion for your guests. I had a small wedding 45 people and wanted to use real china so instead of having a buffet we served dinner family style and the cost was actually lower than a buffet and no one had to wait for ever standing in line. Just another option to think about.
Post # 8
Pardon my ignorance on the issue – but how is using the same plate twice a sanitary issue? Is it a matter of having the serving utensils potentially touch the germs on the already eaten food remnants on the plate?
Post # 9
I’m sorry but are you as favors asking people to take home their dirty plate? I don’t want to sound rude but that kind of sounds a little gross weather you have baggies or not. I would not want to take a dirty plate home with me to wash especially if I had travel. Maybe I am miss something…. What about using the favor plate as chargers and having other dishes for people to eat off of?
Post # 10
Could you use the plates as “chargers” so they stay on the tables and just have disposable plates for the buffet that could be thrown away? Then you don’t have to worry about people taking the same plate up twice.
@oracle: Nearly every caterer will insist upon new plates at the buffet (it’s pretty standard practice). When people eat and the utensils touch their mouths and then their plates. If serving utensils touch the plates they’ve eaten off of and then go back into the food then you can contaminate the entire dish.
Post # 11
I’m on the same page as you…we’re having our June wedding at a century-old barn and I have also been collecting vintage plates to use. A lot of people don’t get the concept, until they see how unique and original it looks on the day of.
We’re also having a buffet, and I hadn’t really thought of how it might work for people wanting seconds, so you’ve definitely given me something to think about! You could always have the caterer provide plates for anyone wanting seconds?
I think what people probably don’t realize is that you’d have the plates washed and ready for guests to take home after…they wouldn’t be taking their dirty plate home, but rather a one-of-a-kind favour that you and your fiance have taken time to personally select in the lead-up to your wedding. I think that means more than any mass-produced item that anyone could go into a store to buy.
Good luck with whatever you decide and I’m sure your day will be fabulous!
Post # 12
I thought of this after I had posted: I know we’ve collected a ton of plates and have lots of extras…if you’re the same, you could set the table in your coordinating sets of 8, and then have your extra plates in piles at the buffet line in case anyone wanted seconds.
Then anyone who wanted seconds would still have a vintage plate, but it would be a clean one.