We are setting everything on the table: plates, napkins and silverware. This is because we will be placing the favors on the plates. The favors are bags of cotton candy. I want to make sure everyone takes their's home....or eats it right away
We had a backyard wedding, so because it was casual we used plastic clear silverware. I wrapped them in grey napkins and then tied a coral bow around them. There was one of those at each place setting. The plates were at the buffet.
We put all our place settings on the tables. I just thought it looked incomplete without the plates and stuff. Then guests just had to pick up the plates and take them to the buffet. Now, if a catering company is doing your buffet, you may have to talk to them about it.