Post # 1
So, it’s been a long time. But I need the boards’ help.
I’m having a candy buffet. But, I’m worried that my guests will dive right in as soon as they get to the hall and so, I’m trying to find a nice way to ask people not to partake in the buffet, until after dinner. That way, everyone gets to see it and more importantly, I get to see the final product before it is very likely devoured!
I’m putting together a sign for my candy buffet table, but I want to know if you guys think this wording is okay:
As a thank you gift to you for joining us in our celebration, please use the bag at your seat to help yourself to our candy buffet.
However, we politely ask that you wait until after dinner to get in on the fun so that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the display before it’s gone!
There is sure to be something for everyone!
You’re so sweet!
Love, Mr. & Mrs. W.
What do you think?
I’m also putting little cards in the bags at each seat that say:
After dinner, please use this bag to enjoy some treats from the candy buffet, as a favor for joining us in our celebration!
My hope also by putting bags at each seat is to avoid any greedy, double-baggers off the buffet itself. Any opinions would be appreciated! Thanks!
Post # 3
It sounds good to me! Hopefully everyone will be patient!
Post # 4
hm, so sorry but I find the wording to be very odd. I say this is the type of thing that you let go of (who eats a lot of candy before dinner anyways? And if they do, it’s not the end of the world)…Or just don’t put out bags and scoops until the end of the evening.
I think not addressing it is better than sounding too controlling. No?
Post # 5
This sounds like a really good way to do it. You could also maybe have somebody stand “guard” at the buffet when the guests first arrive at the hall. I would also make sure that the signage is prominent and easy to read (aka they HAVE to read it before they just dive their hands in, lol.
Post # 6
I’m also planning on asking the DJ to announce when the buffet is open, much like they would for dinner. So, as people are wrapping up their dinners, s/he would announce that the candy buffet is now open.
Really, I’m just selfish and want to be able to see it and allow my photographer to take pictures of it. I see too many brides blog about how half of it was gone by the time they got there or that there aren’t any good photos of it.
For the amount of time I’m putting into this, I want to be able to enjoy it too.
Post # 7
I think the signs at each place setting are a great idea. I am not sure about the sign on the table. Maybe something in regards to using the tongs, and scoops, to fill the bags, and then not putting them out until after dinner, like Virginamarie said.
Post # 8
Truthfully, if it’s a gift to the guests, I think it’s a little strange to have restrictions on when they can use it. Maybe drape some nice fabric over it and then during dinner you can have it unveiled, let your photographers take pics, and have someone set out the bags. I think if there aren’t scoops out or bags available, some people might be gross and use their hands.
But then it’s your wedding, so you can do what you want.
Post # 9
Ours was open and on display from the beginning of the reception and the most that people did was stop and look at it. We had all scoops out as well as 3 different kinds of bags. It didn’t get touched until after dinner. We also had kids ranging from 2~17 and they didn’t touch it either.
The photographer took pictures of it set up way before the reception, as he did the guest book table,place cards,table settings…..ours went between rooms of everyone getting ready first and then I sent him downstairs to do photos of the ballroom.
We bought plenty,but it was there to be eaten. I didn’t care if people took 2 or 3 bags if they wanted, and there was still some left over.
You know your crowd,tho, and should do what you think will work.