How to set up the buffet table at your wedding to avoid your guests having to wait too long for food or even worse run out of food.
Start with the plates, then the salads, bread and vegetables for your guests to fill their plates. Follow with the main dishes.
This may seem like a back to front way of doing things but if your guests fill their plates with the cheaper items, you won't need as much of the mains. I have seen so many buffets where the guests have filled their plates with the expensive meats and left very little space for the salad/vegetables. It all ends up piled on top of each other.
If you have pasta with sauce dishes then you will need to have the pasta first and then the sauce. All you need to think about is the order that people will eat their food.
After the food have your condiments; mustard, salad dressings, tomato sauce, mayonnaise.
Don't forget to have serving cutlery too!
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When you plan your buffet table you may want to think about decoration. Easy ways to make it look more interesting are to put boxes under the table cloth which you could then put a dish on. Fruit and flowers are a great way to decorate the table and ivy or ribbons on the front of the table are a cheap way to decorate.
Using big mirrors (any mirror will do as long as it is clean)you can display cold meats or seafood and fish, add a few decorative leaves and you have your focal point on your buffet table.
If you plan to have the desserts on the same buffet table after the main courses it is worth having spare table cloths, nothing worse than a splattered buffet table with beautiful desserts.
All you have to think about when designing how to set up the buffet table at your wedding is how your guests will walk through. Put yourselves in their shoes and work out the easiest way to lay out the buffet table. If you can avoid people back tracking then it helps get your guests served more quickly.