(Closed) Buffet Line Question!

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ohh I don’t know about this, but I’ll bump for you since your wedding is so soon! If your caterer is from your venue, can you ask them how they normally do it?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I would have the DJ call out the tables. Otherwise it will be a mad dash and people will have to stand for a long time.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ya DJ or MC call tables, that’s how it’s been when I’ve gone to a buffet wedding. Make sure you allow tables of elderly people to go first.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

I would also request that the buffet table be pulled away from a wall so that people can go down BOTH sides. It will make things move much faster. Twiced as fast. I would estimate maybe. With both sides you can probably move everyone through in 20 minutes 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

The buffet weddings that I’ve attended have either had the DJ call the tables or an usher or something would go table to table and let the guests know they could go. How long it takes really depends on your venue and how much food you’ll have. If you have someone there dishing out the food it should go quicker than if your guests have to serve themselves. Just remember that the last table called will be waiting for a while to get their food so whoever is handling this should do whatever they can to push the line. Being in the last table SUCKS, especially when you’re hungry. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

we had the DJ call the tables. it took about a half hour for all of our 60 guests to get through the line once

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

We are having a buffet style dinner for 170+ people at an outdoor venue. We aren’t going to call each table up, but we will have 3 rows of tables with identical foods so that it gets people through the line in a timely manner.

 

If you have the space and can work it out for the caterer, I say see if they can even spilt it into two tables and have the DJ make an annoucement. We are going to have some light appetizers set up while we wrap up pictures

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

We are having a buffet style dinner for 170+ people at an outdoor venue. We aren’t going to call each table up, but we will have 3 rows of tables with identical foods so that it gets people through the line in a timely manner.

 

If you have the space and can work it out for the caterer, I say see if they can even spilt it into two tables and have the DJ make an annoucement. We are going to have some light appetizers set up while we wrap up pictures

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’d have someone from the catering staff ask each table one by one.  An announcement by table number from the DJ seems a little less classy.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Our catering staff let each table know when it was time. We had about 115 people, and everyone was through the line and eating within 20 minutes max. Our buffet had 2 sides.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Definitely call by tables. Having everyone go at once just results in super long line ups. I’ve been to lots of weddings where they do various things to make it a little more fun. Like having questions about the bride and groom and whoever answers, their table gets to go eat.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree to call by tables. Our venue coordinator went around and told each table when they could go up.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had 10 tables, and had the DJ play a “trivia” style game with the group to dismiss them for dinner. Questions like, “the table with the non-blood related person who’s known the bride the longest”, or “the table with the people who had the same university major as the groom”.  Even with the roundabout way of doing things, it took maybe 20 minutes for everybody to have their food, and we served dinner fairly early (6pm) so people weren’t THAT hungry.

For my job, I organize an annual buffet banquet for up to 300, and we usually just have the banquet captain go around and dismiss tables as they see the line is slowing down.

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