Post # 1
This may sound stupid… but I am unsure how to set the table for a buffet-style dinner?
I realize now that I’ve been designing my tablescape with the idea that there will be plates at each setting already, with a delicately folded napkin and silverware at each place.
However, it seems silly to have people go to their seat to retrieve their plates. Plates would be at the head of the buffet table, right? So… where does that leave my place settings? It seems the tables will look a little bare (are somewhat odd) without the plates? What do I do here? Anyone have images to share that might be helpful? Am I overthinking this???
Post # 3
I would ask my wedding planner or caterer how they handled this in the past. You could have everything BUT the plate there including wine glass, water glass (filled), bread dish, and the napkin folded artfully maybe with a flower bud in it?
Post # 4
I’ve been to plenty of buffet weddings and the plates were at the buffet. It looked fine. Most of them put the "artfully folded" napkin in the middle of the place-setting, just like they would if the plate was underneath it. I didn’t think it looked weird at all!
Post # 5
I would consider having everything BUT the plate at the table. You could have the glasses, the bread plate, silverware and the napkins at the table, and the plates up at the buffet line. I think this would allow your table to appear pretty full without the plates.
Post # 6
yeah, i voted for plates at the buffet but i don’t think it would be tacky otherwise LOL. you can make the tables pretty with linens that match your wedding color scheme, pretty folded napkins, centerpeices, and favors at each setting (if you’re having them). i think it would be a hassle for each guest to have to lug their plates over the buffet…and might feel sort of cafeteria-ish?