Post # 1
We’re serving our dinner buffet style, I just don’t know what to do about the plates. Should we place them at every seating, or put them all at one end of the buffet (in stacks) and let guests grab them and load up with their food?
What are your thougts?
Post # 3
Our caterer has a standard practice for this–yours probably will too. Ours is doing both, so we get the nice look of a set table, and so that if guests want to have their salad and their hot courses separate there are enough plates to go around. Ask your caterer what s/he suggests, because it also depends on the size of the wedding (this will influence logistics like table setting, server costs etc)
Post # 4
I agree with asking your caterer, but my preference would be by the food line. I really wouldn’t want to haul a plate across the room.
Post # 5
My sisters reception was buffet style. It was really laid back and we just got our plates from the buffet table. it worked well becuase we didnt have to carry our plate from the table or anything, we got in line.
Post # 6
I think it all depends on the feel you are going for. If you want a more "sit down" type then have the tables set. If you are more casual or relaxed then have them at the end of the buffet line. Either way is fine. I would just go with your personal style.
Post # 7
Personally, I think its easier and less confusing to just have the plates at the beginning of the buffet line. What we are doing, is having the salad plates w/ the salad already on the tables when our guests walk in, then after salad they will just go get in line for the main entree.