(Closed) Plates already on table for buffet?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

knowing me… i’d get halfway to the buffet and realize i don’t have my plate. Then, what if you have guests who finish their plate and then the servers clear it, and then they want seconds?

I don’t think it’d be a disaster either way though.

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

I think somebody said Macy’s was having a sale on chargers. Might want to look there?

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I didn’t know people felt so strongly about this! I was wondering about this myself.

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

one thing i would suggest that i dont think anyone else mentioned is that instead of just saying “the buffet is open. go for it” you might want to have a waiter or staff person ask each table to get up individually and go to the buffet. instead of having everyone rush the line at once.

they did this at a wedding i went to and it was good. you didn’t have to wait in line as long making awkward conversation with the person you didn’t know in front of you.

agree w. other posters on the charger situation. good idea.

Post # 22
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I am having this debate with myself too. I imagine myself as a guest at my own wedding, and I think I would go to my table first anyway to stake out a spot (assigned tables not seats) and drop of my purse and wrap/sweater and put my little placecard down. So the plates at the tables might be just fine. 

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We are having everything on the table except plates. Plates will be at the buffet. Our wedding site director said people do it both ways, but she has noticed that it flows better with plates at the buffet. She said the most common problem is that people literally forget to take their plate to the buffet line with them. We are not doing assigned seating either. Less hassle for us, and it gives our two families the opportunity to get to know each other a little better or not with out us forcing it.

Post # 24
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Newbee

To be honest, I have never really noticed if a wedding had us carry our plates to the buffet or not.  I really don’t think your guests will either; they’ll be much more concerned about the yummy food!  I would go with completely setting the table, I think it makes for a better presentation.  (And really – if carrying his plate to the buffet dampens the experience of your wedding for a guest.  .  . I think they have bigger problems! ; )

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it would be fine either way but I agree with @gabgal…I might get halfway to the buffet and be like …”oops forgot my plate” 🙂 🙂

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I really don’t like the idea of having to carry a plate across the room to the buffet, but if you want that look in photos, would it be possible for the photog to take pics of one table fully dressed pre-reception? That way you could have the look for your photos but not inconvienence your guests? Let us know how the charger idea works out, that sounds like a great compromise. For what its worth, Hobby Lobby has great chargers and they go on sale ALL THE TIME!

Post # 26
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Worker bee

Here is a cute rustic and VERY affordable option.  My reception is in a gorgeous rustic barn, so this would work.  Not sure about your venue.  I’m having the same issue as well but I might try this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/479070479086030285/  It’s using a big doily the size of a plate, and then putting your cutlery on top of it.  I’m making little burlap pocket things with lace on them to put my cutlery into, and a napkin.  So with that on top of it it should be ok.  I dont think there is anything wrong with carrying a plate from your table to the buffet, like seriously… 1st world problem or what people!!! Lets get some perspective!

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 9 months ago by  katelyndawn89.
  • This reply was modified 5 years, 9 months ago by  katelyndawn89.
Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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katelyndawn89:  Omigosh THANKS for this idea!

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think it is fine, if people are going to carry plates WITH food back to their seat, they can certainly carry the plate EMPTY to the food.

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We’re doing that ourselves!  I see no problem with it. And the tables well look complete as well. 

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