Post # 1
so I was just wondering if anyone has ever had a cake buffet or desserts table that they let guests serve themselves after dinner? I have my heart set on having a cake buffet as I think they look lovely but I am just wondering how to go about the actual serving of it. I can hire someone to do it as I am not sure whether or not my caterer will but what if I just had the cakes sliced already and let the guests help themselves? I would have the caterer let my guests know they can go and help themselves as they clear up the tables and collect plates etc but I am just worried about it all not running smoothly if they are left to their own devices. So if anyone has been to or had a wedding with a cake buffet how was it ran, and did it work?
Post # 3
@LunaFleurLavender: We didn’t do this but I just wanted to say that it sounds like a great idea! 🙂
Post # 4
@LunaFleurLavender: It sounds messy to me. I think cupcakes would work, but not cake. With a sit down dinner (which I have no idea if you are having), this just wouldn’t fit. If everything else is buffet style, then that’s different. Just my 2 cents.
Post # 6
I have seen quite alot about brides having cake tables but never anyones opinions about how it went after so am pretty sure it can work, I just need someone to put my mind at rest that it won’t turn into a chimps tea party lol. we are having a buffet as we are having Caribbean food and because it varies so much and not everyone likes spicy food etc we are letting the guests have a choice.
Post # 7
I would just ask your venue if one of the waiters / servers can manage the serving of this after dinner is done. Unless you put out a sign that its ok for guests to serve themselves they might feel awkward being the first one to dig into the cake. But I do like the idea 🙂
Post # 8
@LunaFleurLavender: The Italian “sweet table” tradition is a table of desserts that is rolled out later on in the reception and is totally self serve. It’s great. Everyone looks forward to it. You should do it. It’ll be great. Who doesn’t love desserts!?
Post # 9
Been to a wedding with one and it was fine. The table with it was out in the open and obvious to see the whole night. You could pull it out after you cut the cake (if you guys do that).
No one was tackled or injured in the run to get their favorite flavor. Children were a lot more hyper though since it’s more acceptable to keep on going back.
Post # 10
@LunaFleurLavender: we are having a big dessert buffet that will be set up by the caterers. my fiance has been to a wedding where they hired the same caterer and had the buffet, and he said it was one of the best things about the wedding! so i recommend it!
Post # 11
We’re going to have several different flavors of cupcakes, which will be self-serve. Cake sounds messy.
Post # 12
One of my DD’s had this and we had the cakes cut during dinner and plated so guests could take what they wished. Worked fine. I wouldn’t have guests serve it though. Guests won’t have gloved hands when they touch the cake and they might cut some pretty healty sized pieces!
Post # 13
I attended a wedding that had a cake buffet. Cakes were on display after dinner and after the bride and groom cut one, waitstaff came out to serve the rest. It worked out beautifully.
We served pie and waitstaff brought out individual slices after dinner and displayed the rest in a buffet for people to serve themselves when taking breaks from dancing.
Post # 14
@LunaFleurLavender: I LOVE dessert bars. The wedding we went to last night had a dessert bar AND had a plated cake AND the wedding cake. It was a little much.Most of the plated dessert didn’t get touched. EVERYONE went for the dessert bar though.
I personally am not a big cake person. Or even a chcolate person, so I’m happy when I get to choose my own desserts.
Post # 15
most banquets i’ve been to have a dessert buffet. Cakes, pies, fruits etc all set out and people just go help themselves. They’re great. Just make sure someone can clear the plates as they’re emptied!
Post # 16
my sister in law had the cake slices on a table for guests to select their own flavor. i think it worked well because for over 600 guests and 7 or 8 flavors of cake, it would have been a nightmare to make sure everyone got what they wanted.