Considering a formal wedding reception? Make a stately impression with a plated dinner that is both classy and romantic. Seated dinners are white glove service at its’ finest, and require additional effort during the wedding planning stages. There are a few tips to consider to keep your wedding reception a smooth process for the catering staff and your guests.
Limit your menu selections to three maximum. Your caterer will be able to better manage the quality of food and service during the preparation and execution of your event. A good example is one seafood entrée, one beef or chicken dish and a vegetarian option. Chicken is a popular choice for many, while less people may prefer beef. Pork is often the least preferred of the three.
Remember that some of your guests may have dietary restrictions for religious or personal reasons. Therefore, alternatives to beef and pork will provide a great dining experience for everyone. Guests enjoy being catered to, and feeling like their needs were at the forefront of your wedding planning.
Limited entrées will also make your seating arrangements easier for you. Plated dinners require more work on your end. Assigned seating is a must to ensure that each guest receives the entrée that they requested on their response card. A good rule of thumb is to give the catering staff a visual queue at each place setting.
Incorporate your wedding décor and colors as the helpful queues. Let’s say that your colors are silver, yellow and black. And, your entrees consist of salmon, chicken and a vegetarian dish. You can place one small, yellow rhinestone on the corner of your place cards for guests who requested salmon. Use a traditional rhinestone for the guests who requested chicken. A black rhinestone may be used for the vegetarian course.
To keep your decor consistent, the rhinestones should be placed on the same corner for every place card. When the catering staff approaches each table, the rhinestones will visually inform them what each guest ordered.
What other techniques have you used to distinguish each dinner plate? Leave your response in the comments section!
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