Dedicated October 2018

Buffet style plating

Sharice, on June 28, 2018 at 4:40 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 41
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I am having a buffet style dinner for the reception and have no idea how to do the plating. Do I put the plates and untencils on the tables or at the buffet? I know its a rediculous question but some do things differently. I appreciate the imput.


  • augbride
    Super August 2018
    augbride ·

    Following because I'm not sure either... though if I can't decide I'll ask my caterer and DOC

  • Slightly Off-Center
    Dedicated September 2019
    Slightly Off-Center ·

    Hi Sharice! I'm also doing a buffet meal. I'm doing utensils and napkins on the table and plates at the buffet line. Hope this helps!

  • OnCloudRawls
    VIP June 2019
    OnCloudRawls ·

    I haven't officially decided on this matter either. I think that it would look better having the plates and utensils on the table and have the guests take their plate to the buffet table to get their food.

  • FutureMrsKC
    Master January 2019
    FutureMrsKC ·

    Our caterer told us to put the linen napkins and the silverware on the tables already and the plates will be up at the buffet so people won't forget to grab them when they get up from the tables. Its also a cleaner look to have the plates not on the tables.

  • ThePeoplesBride
    VIP October 2020
    ThePeoplesBride ·
    You can put the utensils at the buffet or you can put the utensils and cups at the tables as place holders.

    We plan to put the utensils and cups on the table along with a charger plate. Dinner plates will be at the beginning of the buffet.
  • B
    Dedicated June 2018
    Brooke ·
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    I did the same! the tables were already set with glasses for water and wine and napkins/utensils

  • FutureMrsKC
    Master January 2019
    FutureMrsKC ·
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    Most weddings I've been to a lot of people forget to grab the plate and end up having to go back to the table to get it. Our DOC recommended having the plates at the buffet for people to grab.

  • FutureMrsHarris18
    Expert July 2018
    FutureMrsHarris18 ·
    Plates at the buffet with utensils on the table
  • HowCo Industries
    VIP September 2018
    HowCo Industries ·
    We're leaving utensils at the table and plates at the buffet. Picking up silverware seemed too informal and carrying your plate to the buffet seems cumbersome.
    We're using the disposable palm plates so we don't have to worry too much about the cost of extra plates, which I've heard renting can ger expensive.
  • Kiwibride
    Super November 2018
    Kiwibride ·
    Plates at the buffet and utensils at the table. That way people can't forget things and have to backtrack and they don't have to carry around things unnecessarily, it's all where you need it
  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
    Maren ·

    Hi Sharice! Congrats on your engagement Your big day is 99 days away!!!

    Keeping utensils and glasses on the table along with a charger plate looks pretty & helps simplify the process, with the eating plates at the start of the buffet line. That way everyone doesn't have to walk with a plate from their table to the buffet line and they are already there.

    Is your caterer supplying the plates/silverwear or are you? You could always ask your caterer how they usually execute a buffet-style wedding dinner, too, to help with the flow.

    I hope this helps! If you have any other questions throughout your wedding planning process, please don't hesitate to connect or post another discussion! Happy wedding planning!

  • OnCloudRawls
    VIP June 2019
    OnCloudRawls ·
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    Thanks for the insight!!!!

  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·

    It depends. If we opt for buffet, we will do chargers & utensils at each place setting with a napkin. Then just plates on the buffet. But you can for sure do whatever you want! I just like how a place setting looks.

  • JustKidding
    VIP April 2018
    JustKidding ·

    We had the plates on the table just to make it look a little more finished. They just grabbed their plates when it was time.

    I have no idea where we placed the rest. lol I know they had them.

  • S
    Savvy August 2018
    Si ·
    Seconding doing full plating on the reception tables. Our DOC will release tables one at a time and will remind them to grab their plates. I unapologetically prefer the finished look over function.
  • Trina
    Dedicated May 2018
    Trina ·
    We didn't have a caterer we had everyone bring a covered dish to ours. We wrapped the silverware in a napkin and tied a ribbon around the napkin and set up the plates at the tables and then we had extra plates by the food. I hope this helps
  • OrangeCrush
    Super October 2017
    OrangeCrush ·

    We had plates waiting at the buffet table, cutlery was on the table with cloth napkins.

  • Sharice
    Dedicated October 2018
    Sharice ·
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    That helps a lot. Thank you! I already bought the plates and untencils and napkins since they were cheaper and fit my budget and the count that we have. I dont have charger plates or know if that is another word for salad plates but i do have the salad plates and can sit those at the table with the utencils and napkins and glasses. Should we have the salad at the buffet or a bowl at the table?
  • Cheryl&rock
    VIP June 2019
    Cheryl&rock ·
    We're having a buffet meal, but it comes with our venue so we don't have to worry.
    For my daughters wedding we did buffet and had all the place settings by the food.
  • Sara
    Expert October 2018
    Sara ·
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    Salad plates and charger plates are different. A charger plate goes under the dinner plate.

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