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Bring plates from table to buffet?

Bride2Be, on September 16, 2021 at 7:45 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 11
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We are doing a bbq buffet and the restaurant is providing the plastic plates and silverware. It’s high end beautiful rose gold detailed plates and rose gold plastic silverware and it’s realllyyyy pretty and I thought it would be nice to have the tables already set with the plates and silverware. And it makes for a beautiful picture of the tables being set but would it be weird to ask people to bring their plate with them to the buffet when it’s time to get dinner? Or should we just have everything at the buffet line for people to get when they go up?

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Latest activity by Nichole, on September 17, 2021 at 7:05 AM
  • Nichole
    Devoted September 2022
    Nichole ·
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    Well you could always set a table early in the day and have pictures taken then put them back at the buffet table. The silverware would be ok at the tables but I have a feeling there would be some confusion about taking your plate with you because most people are used to the plates being at the beginning of the buffet line.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
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    You could have chargers on the place settings. But food safety regulations as enforced by the health department and caterers have to follow say that you have to have a clean plate each time through the line and it makes more sense to have them stacked at the beginning of the buffet line. Plus your guests will be confused by having to carry their plate twice.
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    Savvy October 2021
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    Pre-pandemic, I went to a wedding with a buffet that did this and there was some confusion - about half of the people had to go back to their tables to grab the plates! That said, it didn’t delay dinner too much and there was very minimal grumbling from guests, so overall it was ok. Personally, I’ve never liked it when my dinnerware is sitting in the open while everyone is moving around and shuffling seats, and I suspect that has become a much more common sentiment with the pandemic.
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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
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    I don't see a problem with that! You could always have the DJ or someone make an announcement for people to take their plates with them
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    Devoted August 2022
    Bride2Be ·
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    Oh good to know you’ve experienced this! I definitely don’t want to cause confusion! I’ll have to look into if my venue has chargers in their decor closet
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  • Kevin
    Super October 2021
    Kevin ·
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    We are in a same spot. We are having the tables set with the napkin silverware and drink glasses and having the plates at the buffet so they get it when they get up there. Especially with covid I would not put the plates out in the table ahead of time.
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    Devoted August 2022
    Bride2Be ·
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    I like this idea a lot! I think we will do this! Set one table for pics and then put them back for the buffet 😂 so smart!
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    Devoted August 2022
    Bride2Be ·
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    I think that’s what we will do too. I didn’t think about people being confused! I liked Nichole’s idea of setting one table for pics and then putting those plates back at the buffet
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    Devoted August 2022
    Bride2Be ·
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    I’ll check with my venue to see if they have chargers! They had a whole decor closet I could use!
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  • Lav
    Dedicated October 2022
    Lav ·
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    I am also having a buffet style and I will definitely do table setting and I will have some extra plates at the buffet.. I don’t think it’s weird to have our guest bring the plates for the food.
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  • Nichole
    Devoted September 2022
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    Hope it works out for you!
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