(Closed) Would you have place cards for a buffet dinner?

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can use table numbers, escort cards and place cards for a buffet dinner.

Whether the meal is plated or buffet has nothing to do with how the guests find their seats.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think it’s a good idea to at least have table cards.  I hate getting someplace and either having to spend way too much time and energy making sure I get a table with friends, or else risking ending up with people I don’t know.  I really think it’s so much nicer for guests to just take out the guesswork.  And then they can put their things down when they get there, go to the buffet, etc.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had assigned tables with escort cards, but not place cards.  I’d thought out who should sit where for social reasons, not for the meal necessarily.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am having escort cards for a heavy appetizer reception.  For me the issue is keeping people seperated.  I cannot have my FHs union work buddies sitting down with my conservative politicos, that is a recipe for disaster.  And there are family dynamics to consider.  Originally we were just going to have place cards for the parents and Bridal Party members, but once we got into discussions of the invitees, we quickly realized that place cards for the whole guest list was necessary.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have been to several weddings with a buffet dinner that had table numbers or names, escort cards and place cards.

It’s not that people can’t find A seat, but that they can find their ASSIGNED seat.

As pp’s have mentioned there are many reasons why you might want to assign tables, if not actual seats, including people who don’t get along, reserved seats for parents, bridal party SO’s etc.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

I prefer to have escort cards when I am a guest.  I don’t like having to try and find a table with people I know with enough seats for everyone. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m having a buffet dinner (which is more expensive than the sit-down, go figure) but I still definitely doing a seating chart, which will require escort cards. BUT I am just writing table numbers, not doing place cards, that way people will know which table they are at and they can decide where to sit from there. I feel like I’m rambling, hope that makes sense.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We attended a wedding last year that was at a really nice resturaunt, buffet dinner,ceremony and reception in the same room. Tables were assigned.

We are having buffet at our wedding and tables will be assigned as well.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had a buffet dinner.  What we decided to do was assign tables, and not seats.  We had one seating chart near the entrance of the table area and the tables were numbered.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re doing a buffet dinner. We’re having assigned tables, but the actual seats are not assigned (guests choose their own seat at their table). So we’re having table numbers and escort cards, but no place cards.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

We had a very small wedding with a plated salad and buffet. I did assign tables and seats. It just made things so much easier and everyone was happy with their placement.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We’re doing a buffet and assigned tables. 

Buffets are done for the majority of the weddings in the area. My venue coordinator was surprised when I told her I wanted to do assigned tables. Maybe grandma is use to this as well. It just isn’t the norm here but I think it makes things easier for your guests.

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