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?
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!
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.
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
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.
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.