(Closed) Can you set the table for a buffet?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have actually been thinking the same thing.  I think I am going to at least put the silverware along with folded napkins on the tables.  Maybe folded as fans.  I might also do plates but at least the silver and napkins.  So that’s an idea if you want to leave the plates at the buffet line. 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

We are having a buffet with plated salads, so our tables will be set. The guests will still pick up their dinner plates at the buffet, but everything else will be on the table. We are also using chargers to add color and also so their place won’t be bare when they get up to go get their food.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I felt the same way! We had more of a “relaxed” wedding and used fun, square paper plates that would have blown away if I left them on the tables but didn’t want it to look bare either. We ended up using scrapbook double sided sticky dots to stick placemats to the tables and put the silverware rolled up in the napkin across the placemat. It made the tables look more exciting and they didn’t need to worry about grabbing silverware at the buffet line. 

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Did you check the previous posts on this topic for ideas?

People have suggested the use of chargers, menus, programs, napkins to fill in the space.

I have been to several buffet dinners where the tables were set with the plates  and we carried it to the buffet. It was no big deal. After all, everyone carries it back from the buffet.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I had charger plates and I laughed when you mentioned your relatives taking them up b/c I had some actually do that!!! My suggestion is to have your DJ say something about getting the plates for the food AT the buffet table. 😉

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it is a nice idea.  It would seem dressier, more put together perhaps if the table was set despite the buffet.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am going to set it anyways… i just think a set table is pretty and I am using mis-match vintage plates…

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@amyisnice: That’s what we did too.  It really looked nice when guests came in and no one cared about carrying them both ways.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am just putting the silverware and napkins on the table.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@AppliedScience: HAHA I KNOW most of my relatives would take them to the buffet.  I didn’t even consider this an option for this very reason. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We’re setting our table and having guests carry their plate to the buffet!  Our colors are black and white and the china we’re using is the white element on the tables so we thought “what the heck! they’ll catch on” — no biggy! =)

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We’re setting the table!  We didn’t want to buy more than 1 plate for each guest and figured that this way, they’d know it was THEIR plate, rather than thinking there’s more plates to go back for more food.  (Not that they can’t!)

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