Your wedding reception is a memory that you will treasure forever. That is why it is so important that you put attention to detail and foresight into your reception planning. However, if you have never planned a wedding before, you may feel overwhelmed about all of the factors to consider. In our previous blog, we began outlining a step-by-step guide to planning a wedding reception. In this post, we will continue down the list to ensure that you think of everything and your reception goes off without a hitch.
Step Four: Consider Your Seating Arrangement
For those who opt for a sit-down dinner, the seating chart will be of the utmost importance. Because this aspect of planning requires a lot of attention and time, it’s best to get started on it earlier rather than later.
You have a few options. At many weddings, the bride and groom have what is called a “sweetheart table,” where they sit alone facing the guests. Alternatively, you can have one long table at the front of the room with the whole wedding party. There are some couples who prefer to put their table among the other tables to feel more a part of the whole party.
When placing your parents at a table, make sure that they will be surrounded by close family and friends. You will also want to think about the elderly and people with disabilities and how their table placement will impact their experience. Make sure that they are not too close to the speakers or placed at any table that inhibits their free movement.
Place cards are formal, but are an effective way of making sure that people sit where you want them to. This is especially important if there are people who are not going to get along attending. It can also make guests feel uncomfortable if they don’t know exactly where they are supposed to sit. However, if neither of these factors are a concern, many people choose to use escort cards instead, which list a name and a table number and allow guests to select their specific seat.
Step Five: The Reception Menu
The food is the most important element of any event, in our humble option. The right food will keep your guests full and happy during the event and will be talked about for years to come. Therefore, put special time and energy into planning your wedding catering. At Thomas’s Catering, we can help you with this process as well.
When you are choosing your menu, you want to make sure that you keep any dietary restrictions in mind. While you may want to choose steak because it is your favorite, don’t forget about your cousin who is a vegetarian when planning your menu. When you work with our catering company in Detroit, we will be more than happy to help you accommodate all dietary restrictions, whether it’s an allergy or other special requirement.
There are several options in terms of serving your food. It’s typical to have a printed menu at the table for table service. There is also the possibility of serving either family or buffet style. We can work with you to help you determine what is best for your vision.
At Thomas’s Catering, we would love to help you plan the reception menu of your dreams. For wedding catering in Detroit, contact us today for a quote!