How many plates to rent??

posted 2 years ago in Reception
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  • Wedding: July 2016

We had several buffet stations for 175 guests.  The caterer suggested putting the plates by the buffet stations, but the silverware was put at each place setting.  That way people see the silverware as “theirs” and don’t use new silverware each time.  We had water glasses on the table, filled, and an iced tea and coffee station that was used by the servers.  The bar provided the bar glasses, other than the wine glasses that we rented.  I used the caterers recommended numbers of all plates, glassware, etc.  Since your guest list is about 60% of what mine was, you can get an idea by taking 60% of my numbers:

 

Plates on buffet stations:  500  (times 60% = 300)

Plates for dessert station:  175 (times 60% = 105)

Preset forks, knives (no spoons):  200 to allow for a few extras (times 60% etc)

Dessert station forks: 175

Preset Water & Iced tea glasses:  275

Wine glasses:  150

Coffee mugs:  100

 

We didnt run out of anything, so the catered was spot on.

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