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9 November 2022

Planning the food at your wedding: how to organise the perfect banquet

Posted by That'sAmore Team

Getting married is one of the most exciting things you can do in life. You think of all the big things you have to plan and organize and all the little details you have to take care of. One of the most important things when planning a wedding is the wedding food. After all, what would a wedding be without a delicious wedding dinner?

Preliminary considerations: What you should consider for a wedding banquet

Every bride and groom want to serve their guests something delicious and special. But what to consider when choosing a wedding dinner? We have put together some tips for you.

First of all, it's important to think about how many guests you want to invite. Because depending on the number of guests, the menu will also be coordinated. In addition, it is important that you decide on a wedding food that fits your wedding style. For example, if you want to celebrate an elegant wedding, then a simple menu with classic dishes is the right choice. On the other hand, if you want a rustic or themed wedding, then you can also choose a food to match it.

Remember the seating arrangement at the wedding banquet

The seating arrangement at the wedding dinner is important, because it decides with whom you will sit at the same table. Therefore, when planning your wedding reception, make sure that you carefully plan the seating arrangement and take into account who you want to sit at which table.

When planning the seating arrangement, you should first consider how many guests you want to invite. Depending on the number of guests, you will also need a different number of tables and chairs. Once you have determined the number of guests and the number of tables and chairs, you can start planning the seating arrangement. For this, it is best to coordinate exactly with the caterer.

Who should sit next to whom?

Or is there a certain order? Which guests should sit at which table? And what if someone absolutely does not want to sit next to his brother-in-law? Planning a wedding dinner is not that easy. In order to make your guests happy and to ensure that the meal goes off without a hitch, planning the seating arrangements in advance is a must.

Tips for choosing the caterer

For the wedding dinner, you can book a caterer. In this regard, there are several options. The first option is a private caterer. This then comes with the food and drinks to a specific location where the wedding dinner will take place. Advantages of a private caterer are that you can better control the quality of the food and drinks. The selection tends to be more flexible.

The second option is a restaurant. There you can meet with the caterer and order the wedding food. Advantages of a restaurant are that you can buy the drinks on the spot and you don't have to pay the caterer extra to get there.

Buffet or service? What is a better fit for a wedding dinner?

When it comes to wedding food, there are many decisions to make. One of the most important questions is: buffet or service?

With a buffet, guests can help themselves and choose food according to their own tastes. With table service, the food is served by the staff to the guests directly at their seats.

Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. Which variant is more suitable for a wedding dinner depends on the wishes and needs of the bride and groom.

A buffet is a good choice when ...

  • the guests would like to talk to each other in an informal way
  • the bridal couple and the guests have different tastes
  • the bridal couple and the guests would like to eat on their own
  • the wedding budget is slightly limited

A caterer is a good choice if ...

  • the wedding is planned in a more upscale style
  • the budget plays a minor role
  • the space of the location is not suitable for setting up a buffet
  • the guests do not need a large variety of food

This is a typical wedding dinner

A typical wedding dinner consists of different courses. So you can serve your guests a delicious and varied meal. We have put together for you some suggestions for a typical wedding dinner.

Reception Cocktail

The first thing you should do is serve your guests a delicious reception cocktail. This way, everyone can get in the mood for the delicious meal ahead.

Amuse-bouche

As a small appetizer you should serve your guests a delicious amuse-bouche. This is a little appetizer that will really whet your guests' appetites.

Appetizer

As an appetizer you can serve your guests a delicious soup. This can be prepared either classic or modern. So you have the choice whether you want to serve your guests a classic wedding soup or whether you prepare a novel and trendy variant. As an alternative, you can serve salads. Important: The appetizer should not be too powerful.

Main

Of course, a delicious main course should not be missing. Here you have the choice whether you want to serve your guests a vegetarian or a fish/meat dish. Here, too, trendy and novel dishes are becoming more and more popular. Wedding food with a difference, that's what not only many couples want, but also the guests.

Dessert

Whether you choose a classic dessert like tiramisu, a more modern dessert like mascarpone cake with fresh fruit, or something completely different, one thing is certain: a delicious dessert rounds off the wedding dinner perfectly! More and more often, the wedding cake is also served as a dessert, so as not to exaggerate the quantity of food for the guests.

We at That'sAmore are happy to advise you on the planning of your wedding dinner. This is one of the most important points in wedding planning, because the food and drink is an essential part of the celebration. We know all the details of the wedding dinner and can give you numerous tips and tricks around the topic. Feel free to contact us!

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