(Closed) Buffet Logistics?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
Member
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We’re also having a buffet reception. The cocktail hour will be set up buffet style in one area where guests serve themselves. Then when its time for dinner we will have everything on one long banquet table. The servers will be serving the main dish and then the guests can go down the table while they’re up and serve themselves the additional sides. I think it would be awkward to have them get up and wait in line for just salad and then have them do it again for dinner. Just have them get it all at once.

Post # 4
Member
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Have them get everything at once. Otherwise, it’ll take too long

Post # 5
Member
2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t know if this is an option for you, but we had the salads plated and ready to go so that when guests were waiting for us to be introduced, the servers were running around handing out salads. They could then eat their salad until the buffet was open and their table was called.

Post # 7
Member
2640 posts
Sugar bee

I was going to suggest what bree suggested, if possible.  I’ve been to a lot of buffets (wedding and nonwedding.)  Usually I do see the salad being offere right along with the main course.  But I’ve always been uneasy about it.  It can be a lot to carry.  I’m always worried I’m going to drop something or fall.. which would also include dropping something, I’m sure.

Post # 8
Member
626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve seen it done as Bree mentioned above and it worked out great!.  If possible I think that would be your best option.

Post # 9
Member
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Most buffets I’ve seen have a salad or first course already on the table when you walk in. If you do it that way, please ask them to do the dressing in a boat or something because it will get soggy and it’s so gross! 🙂

Post # 10
Member
2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My setup may be a little different than most because we had the ceremony on the same property as the reception, but after the ceremony, guests walked across the property to where the tent was set up and helped themselves to appetizers for about an hour while we were taking pictures. When we were just finishing up with pics, the mc got everyone inside the tent and sitting, and I think the wait staff immediatly began serving salads, and continued to do so while we were being introduced. I think they finished up while we were having our first dance. From there everyone just finished their salads (dressing on the side – YES!), and they began releasing tables.

 Hope that helps. 

Post # 12
Member
14 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I agree that it is easiest to have the salads ready and waiting for the guests, so when they sit down they can get started eating while they wait for their table to be called to get their main course.  The last wedding I was in did this and it worked very well.

Post # 13
Member
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I didn’t even think about these logistics. I sort of envisioned the guest just going up for round 1 and round 2 and maybe even a round 3 if they wished, and getting whatever they wanted. I do think that making the guests get up for salad, then come back around for an entree will take too long. We are also having a buffet style dinner reception that follows the cocktail hour where servers will be passing hor d’ourves (sp?) and drinks. I like the idea that Bree had, but I’m not sure if this will fly at our venue. I have seen this done before, however at the wedding I went to, the salad was sitting out for WAY TOO LONG. The greens were soggy and not so savory. So if you go that route, make sure that your guests are informed when the salad is served. Let us know what you end up deciding to do! I have about 4 1/2 more months and will definintely be thinking about these options. Good luck!

The topic ‘Buffet Logistics?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors