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Buffet reception in the time of Covid-19

Kerin, on October 19, 2020 at 9:54 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 14
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Hello all! How are you deciding on how to serve at your reception? Are most of your caterers still leaving it up to you? If you're like us, we had already decided on a buffet style reception, but a lot of people are concerned about keeping it safe.



Our caterer is providing additional staff to serve the guests at our reception so we can keep the buffet style setup, but that may not be feasible for everyone. We had a Halloween party last weekend. We only allowed seating at every other table, masks required, and setup a sanitizing station prior to the buffet with a requirement of sanitizing then putting on gloves (we provided), go through the line, then throw gloves away at the end of it. We also called up the tables to go through one at a time. I think it worked and our guests liked that we were being cautious.
Anything you can think of?

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Latest activity by Adrienne, on October 21, 2020 at 2:46 PM
  • L
    Rockstar July 2022
    Lisa ·
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    I think those were some great precautions that you had in place! I especially like that you provided the gloves, to be put on right before entering the line came immediately tossed out at the end. We're planning on doing a plated meal for our reception, but if we were doing a buffet, I'd totally borrow some of your ideas!
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  • Kelsey
    VIP September 2020
    Kelsey ·
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    We did the same for our buffet. The catering place provided enough staff to have the buffet served to guests. It was easy. We had hand sanitizer at every table. The venue also had sanitizing stations too.
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  • Sharonda
    Devoted January 2021
    Sharonda Online ·
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    Agreed!! Very thoughtful! I am having a plated dinner for my reception, but the rehearsal dinner will likely be a BBQ buffet. I am totally borrowing (or stealing) the glove idea!
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  • A
    Beginner October 2020
    A ·
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    We weren’t allowed to have a buffet at our venue so we had to switch to plated. It actually worked out well and took significantly less time for people to receive their food
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  • Tabitha
    Devoted October 2020
    Tabitha ·
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    My caterer served everyone and I had customized hand sanitizer on every table. I also had someone doing temperature checks on guest before they were allowed entrance.
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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
    Yasmine ·
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    For our big wedding we originally chose a buffet style as well. My venue coordinator informed me that she would have her staff their to give out food if we wanted to continue with the buffet style or we could switch to a plated dinner and keep the same menu.

    We will wait until January to decide that for our March wedding, we want to wait to see what happens with covid.

    However, for our minimony a couple of weeks ago we did a buffet and it was fine, no one had a problem with it. Granted it was only maybe 30 people in attendance

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  • Kris
    Devoted February 2021
    Kris ·
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    We originally chose to do a buffet, but our venue has vetoed that because of CoVID, so we are now doing plated!

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  • Samantha
    Rockstar October 2020
    Samantha ·
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    We had planned a buffet, but changed our minds and did a plated meal due to Covid. The caterers were very generous and gave us a discount on a plated meal because of Covid.

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  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I was at a wedding last month and they did the same thing - i think the concern is people not wearing masks and going thru the lines?

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  • S
    Dedicated November 2020
    Shakiyla ·
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    We are doing the same thing as well
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  • Molly
    Rockstar September 2020
    Molly ·
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    We did buffet style with similar precautions

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  • Kerin
    Rockstar February 2021
    Kerin Online ·
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    Did any of you add any other precautions?
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  • Rhiamae
    Devoted February 2021
    Rhiamae ·
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    We're doing buffet, and the only difference we have, is it is a serve yourself station. The precautions I'm thinking of doing is putting hand sanitizing stations in every corner, and by stealing your glove idea, and maybe by putting up signs encouraging people to have their mask on when entering the buffet.

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  • Adrienne
    Dedicated October 2021
    Adrienne ·
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    I think most venues are doing the additional wait staff who will serve the food on each plate for your guests - personally, i like this set up, its hygienic and cleaner in every way and you don't have to worry about people dropping the spoons or dripping anything all over the place, and you don't have to worry about needing to sanitize yourself after touching stuff or wearing gloves and taking them off and disposing of them and then having to make sure you have enough gloves for everyone. i also feel like it looks a lot more high end and elegant with designated wait staff doing it.

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