(Closed) Setting Tables for A Buffet

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Buffet-Style Meal: Where Do I Put The Plates?
    Keep your original plan. Plates on the table. People have to go find their seats anyway! : (6 votes)
    33 %
    That's tacky! Put the plates on the buffet where they belong! Your table will look fine. : (10 votes)
    56 %
    I agree, plates on the buffet. But you need chargers or something to fill that empty space! : (2 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    7052 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
    1022 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
    813 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    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
    681 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    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?

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