(Closed) Is it tacky to have guests bring up their plates to the buffet?

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: Can I ask guests to carry their plate up to the buffet?
    No way- how awkward : (17 votes)
    43 %
    Sure, why not : (20 votes)
    50 %
    Other- please describe! : (3 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I don’t think it’s tacky but it is a food safety issue, especially if they use the same plate for multiple rounds of food.

    Post # 4
    Member
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    I dont think its tacky.

    Maybe a little unexpected and “less fancy”. Some people may not realize they have to bring their plates and will have to return to get them, but no big deal.

    Post # 5
    Member
    380 posts
    Helper bee

    I agree with @lefeymw – I don’t think it’s tacky but it’s very different to how a “normal” buffet works so you’d probably need to remind them to take their plates with them when they go up. You could do this when their table is told to go up, or you could put a note on the table for them to see?

    Post # 6
    Member
    2401 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    First of all, hate the word tacky. Secondly, it’s really a non-issue. The only negative against having a guest carry is it might give the impression that it is a sit-down meal. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    4676 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Is having the MC/DJ let people know to bring their plates up with them an option for you? 

    Post # 10
    Member
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    @JBing:  By seated she means that all parts of the meal are served whiel the person is sitting.

    So you are having served salad and buffet entree and sides?

     

    Post # 11
    Member
    746 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m doing it! I bought a bunch of vintage plates and I also want them displayed. I don’t think it’s a biggie at all — and the tables will look so cute!

    Post # 12
    Member
    2459 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I think it is awkward.

    Post # 14
    Member
    2584 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @JBing:  First of all, no I don’t think it would be tacky. However, as PP said, using the same place more than once IS an issue, and guests might not think about that and go up for seconds with the same plate.

    Second, I’m looking at your update about your timeline and I’m a bit confused… you’ll have guests get the food, then make them wait to eat until the cake is cut? How many guests are you having? It will take time for them all to get through and the people who sit down first will want to eat right away so the food doesn’t get cold. Also, can I recommend that you don’t do any toasts until everyone is seated and eating? I personally can listen to a toast and eat, but if I’m hungry and the toasts are delaying the food, I would be a little annoyed as a guest. Just some thoughts.

    Post # 15
    Member
    2401 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @JBing:  Sorry, I meant sit-down as in passed meal by waiters. I guess that’s a common way to refer to it here. 

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