Plates already on table for buffet?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I like this idea. Tables at receptions look kind of naked when there are no plates. I’ve been to many weddings with plates available at the buffet line but I would rather have the plates already at the table. If you are planning on having a program/menu for the guests, you can put it on top of the plates. I think saying “grab your plates and get in line” is fine.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I HATE the idea of having to carry my plate across the room to a buffet. Rent or buy chargers to set the table with in the place of the plates. That way it won’t look naked.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Now that I think about it, I would hate to carry my plate to the buffet too. And just thinking about mother’s having to carry their young kids’ plates along with their children makes me feel bad for them.

You should ask your venue to see if they provide chargers even though you are having a buffet. It doesn’t hurt to ask and you might end up saving a lot of money!

Post # 6
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Honey bee

If you must have something on the tables, you could go for chargers. Otherwise have a napkin folded in the center of each place setting with a menu listing all the buffet options to make the lines go faster and let people know ahead of time what to avoid and what they may actually want bigger portions of.

Most states/counties have food safety laws that are enforced by the county health dept (and the venue can be shut down indefinitely if they don’t comply) that say that for a buffet, people need to get clean plates each time through.

 

 

 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I second Ember78s idea of chargers or just a napkin folded with a menu you printed yourself – most cost-friendly than chargers for sure! Wouldn’t look empty with either of those options IMO. You could also put a favor at each place setting and then it would look quite fine.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Well, I had my plates already on the tables. Not really something I thought about ahead of time. My caterer set them up for me.

It didn’t bother anyone to carry them across the room — we had the reception on a patio with only 4 large tables (less than 40 people) — and I don’t think I would have noticed one way or another. I didn’t think about this ahead of time.

The charger idea is a good compromise if either is going to bother you.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’ve been wondering this same thing. The table looks so bare w/o plates but I was leaning towards a napkin and menu, though I might look into chargers. But I wouldn’t have the plates at the spot either way – just my preference.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

As a guest, I wouldn’t mind carrying my plate across the room at all.  As long as the food is good, I’d carry that plate around the whole room! 🙂  I totally agree that your tables would look naked without plates!  Fully set tables just add to the decor so much…you don’t want all those empty spaces! 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My only other thought is about elderly guests or children….could you have some extra plates at the buffet for these guests?  Just a thought.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Perfect! I’d say go for it then! 🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m going to have the tables completely set up.  Partly for aesthetics and partly to hint that each guest gets one setting.  We will have extras but not that many.  I don’t really see how carrying your empty plate is any more taxing than returning with a full one, but if you’re not a fan of buffets in general then that would make sense.  Another bonus for me is that we won’t have assigned seating and so removing your plate will make for a pretty obvious “seat’s taken” indicator.  

Post # 15
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Worker bee

DO IT!! I had this same thought as well. Hate the look of bare tables. My first solution would be the chargers. Obviously if you could fit it in your budget you could completely set the table with the charger and have only the plates at the buffet line. But if your budget doesn’t allow it I agree that carrying your plate to the buffet is no different then carrying from the buffet to the table.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We’re having the plates set up on the table. I think it gives the tables a more finished look. I wouldn’t worry about anyone complaining about carrying their plates, they’re going to have to carry them back to the table anyway, so what’s the big deal? We will have extra plates for guests’s second trip to the buffet.

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