2021年3月16日星期二

Food and drinks at the wedding

 

A successful wedding includes good food and the right drinks. We'll tell you what is important when it comes to food and drinks for your wedding and what options you have. Starting with the champagne reception to the buffet or menu and ending with a midnight snack, we will introduce you to all the options for entertaining your guests. We also have tips for you in terms of organization and budget.


Brunch and buffet

If your wedding takes place in the morning, you can entertain your guests with an extensive brunch. This is suitable for wedding parties of all sizes. A combination of a cold and warm buffet is particularly suitable. This means that your guests are taken care of for several hours and you can even use it to bridge lunch.

The buffet - a good choice for many guests

The buffet is also popular for lunch and dinner. It is particularly suitable for a large number of guests. Many locations offer a catering service for this. If this is not the case, you should start looking for a suitable caterer in good time. It is best to get recommendations from friends, family and acquaintances. In addition, a test meal helps to assess the quality of the catering.

A buffet with a selection of hot and cold dishes has the advantage that each guest can choose freely. In addition, there is a larger selection here than in the menu. In addition, it is easier to meet many needs at the buffet Meat eaters get their money's worth as well as vegans and vegetarians. Classic dishes can be supplemented with variations for food allergy sufferers.

The buffet is also more dynamic than the classic wedding menu . The guests mingle with each other. This way, guests who are not in the immediate vicinity can also talk to each other. However, the queuing can be a disadvantage. Another disadvantage is the faster cooling of the food. To prevent this from happening, you should discuss with the caterer in advance how he will keep the food warm.


Motto or season buffet

You can choose the hearty German cuisine for your wedding buffet or design the buffet to match the motto of your wedding . For example, country-specific dishes in Mediterranean, Asian, Oriental or Latin American style are possible.

Depending on the season, guests can also enjoy a summer barbecue buffet. Finger food based on recipes from all over the world is particularly popular at the buffet.

Make your own wedding buffet

Making the buffet yourself is particularly budget-friendly. You can also involve your guests in the planning and preparation . A DIY buffet is a good alternative, especially for casual celebrations such as tent or garden weddings. However, it is associated with more planning effort.

If you decide on a DIY buffet, you should clarify in good time which dishes it should contain. It is important to cover starters, warm and cold main courses and desserts. Meat, cheese and fish platters, salads, baked goods and fruit, for example, are suitable for the cold buffet. For the warm buffet, soups, meat and fish dishes, vegetable dishes and side dishes such as potatoes, French fries and croquettes can be served.

You should clarify in advance who will take care of the decoration and the serving of the buffet . For the warm buffet you also need warming devices, such as so-called chafting dishes (water baths) or hot plates. If you make the buffet yourself, you will also need crockery, cutlery and glasses . Do you celebrate in the garden or in unusual places, there should be a power connection and cooling facilities.


The multi-course wedding menu

The wedding menu has the advantage over the buffet that guests relaxed at the wedding table can sit or at the wedding tables. For smaller wedding parties, it creates a harmonious, sociable atmosphere . It also offers a visual highlight on the nicely laid and decorated table. In addition, there is no queuing and no additional space is required for the buffet.

Wedding buffets usually consist of at least three courses. If there are more than three courses, the wedding cake often replaces the last course. At least the wedding menu consists of a starter, main course and dessert . There can also be intermediate courses in the form of soups, fish dishes, salads, sorbets, cheese or fruit.

Tips for preparing the wedding menu

Since the selection of dishes in the menu is smaller than in the buffet, you should ask early about the special needs of your guests . When sending the invitations, you can ask the guests to point out special features with the confirmation. This includes food intolerances, but also the avoidance of meat in general or certain types of meat. If children come to the wedding celebrationa children's menu should not be missing.

When looking for a location or a caterer, you should also ask about the possibility of a test meal in the menu With it you not only test taste and quality, but you can also clarify details.

Save money and nerves with good planning

Once you have put together the menu for all guests, the menu plan is passed on to the chef and kitchen. The service staff should also receive this. So it can match the menu plan with the seating arrang ernent and make sure everything goes smoothly during the wedding. The timing is particularly important here so that there are no delays. In this way you avoid your guests waiting hungry for their food or overcooking it in the kitchen.

As with the buffet, you can also save on the wedding menu. If you use local vendors and suppliers and seasonal foods , this is mostly noticeable in the menu price. You can also save by doing without exotic dishes and spices.


Live cooking, food truck and Co.

As an alternative to the wedding menu and buffet, you can turn the meal into a lively highlight at your wedding . Live cooking is suitable for this, for example in the form of a wok station or a BBQ, where you can look over the shoulder of the cook. You design the wedding menu with live cooking at the fire barrel to be sociable and rustic at the same time.

You are particularly flexible with a food truck. This makes entertaining your guests particularly easy and possible almost anywhere . You don't have to worry about a banquet table, cutlery or crockery. Only a power connection is required for some food trucks.

Which food truck is right for your wedding?

There are food trucks for a wide variety of dishes. Which food truck suits your wedding depends on your style and the preferences of your guests . Burgers, BBQ, burritos, tarte flambée, international finger food and Asian street food are just as much on offer as entire multi-course menus, cake or ice cream food trucks.

With food truck catering, too, it is important that you clarify certain needs of your guests in advance and inform the caterer about them. Most caterers, however, have gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan alternatives ready by themselves .

The champagne reception

The champagne reception offers you a wonderful opportunity to toast your wedding ceremony with your guests. It can also be used to bridge waiting times until catering. Depending on the location of the wedding, you can organize the champagne reception immediately afterwards. The best way to do this is to clarify with the city or municipality whether it is allowed to set up a champagne bar in front of the registry office or at an alternative location for the wedding. You can also greet your guests at the place of the celebration with a champagne reception. In summer, it's best to look for a shady spot . You can have the champagne reception organized by a caterer, hire service staff to do it on an hourly basis or hand over the organization to friends or relatives.

In addition to sparkling wine or champagne, you should also plan non-alcoholic drinks . Also, finger food , for example in the form of small canapés, as well as fruit such as raspberries or strawberries welcome companion. You can decorate standing tables for the champagne reception with matching covers and festive decorations or flowers.

coffee and cake

Many wedding couples offer their guests coffee and cake in the afternoon. You can opt for a classic cake buffet . There is also a trend towards candy bars , which hold sweets such as candies, marshmallows, but also mini cakes such as cake pops.

If you organize coffee and cake yourself at your wedding, roughly calculate two to three pieces of cake for each guest. In addition to coffee, you should also offer alternatives such as tea and fresh juices .

Some couples choose not to cut the wedding cake traditionally at midnight, but rather at coffee time. This has the advantage that you can save on the rest of the cake. Especially with a larger number of guests, the wedding cake can be supplemented with small miniature tarts or cupcakes .


The midnight snack

The midnight snack is a must for many at their wedding. After partying and dancing, many people want a hearty snack in the late evening Cheese and sausage platters, sandwiches, currywurst, meatballs and mini burgers are popular. Many couples also use the midnight snack to offer finger food and dishes that are left over from a champagne reception or buffet.

The trend for midnight snacks is also a salty bar with salty snacks such as pretzels, puff pastry specialties, nachos and salty popcorn.

A fruit platter and a dip platter with appetizingly cut vegetable sticks are ideal healthy and fresh alternatives. Traditionally, the wedding cake is cut at the time of the midnight snack.



The drinks at a wedding

How you organize the supply of drinks at your wedding depends on your budget and the preferences of your guests. For example, if you celebrate in a place that can only be reached by car or if there are many families with children at the wedding, you can count on fewer alcoholic drinks. In summer, when the weather is nice, more non-alcoholic drinks are necessary.

These drinks should not be missing at a wedding

First of all, you should plan drinks suitable for the wedding menu, buffet and champagne reception as well as corresponding non-alcoholic drinks.

For the champagne reception you can count on 1.5 glasses of champagne per guest. There are also two glasses of non-alcoholic drinks per guest. You can offer water, juice and soft drinks.

If you offer coffee and cake , you can expect a flat rate of one and a half cups of coffee or tea and a glass of non-alcoholic drink per guest.

For lunch or dinner you should calculate at least the following quantities per guest:

  • Beer: 2 bottles
  • Wine: 0.5 bottles
  • Water: 0.5 bottles
  • Juice: 0.5 bottles
  • Soft drinks: 0.5 bottles

Depending on which dishes are offered in the wedding menu or buffet, the drinks list is adapted accordingly . For example, more white wine is needed to go with fish dishes.

Special highlights offer extras at the wedding , such as a cocktail bar, punch or punch or - depending on the season - even mulled wine. A happy hour, where cocktails or long drinks are served, offers you the opportunity to serve something special and at the same time limit the consumption of strong drinks.

Billing according to flat rate or consumption

In a location as well as with catering you usually have the option of billing according to consumption or by means of a flat-rate beverage.

With billing based on consumption , you only pay what your guests actually consume. This is usually worthwhile if your guests only consume a limited amount of alcoholic beverages. The disadvantage is that the actual costs are difficult to calculate. For example, if it is very warm or if individual guests drink more, this is reflected in the final bill.

If you are billed according to consumption, you can limit the costs by limiting the range of drinks. So you can agree with the service staff that high-proof alcoholic beverages are only served after the meal. You should also make sure that only half-filled glasses are not cleared away by the service staff.

With the beverage package, you pay a certain amount per guest. A period is set within which previously agreed drinks are served. The advantage of this is that you know in advance what costs you will have to reckon with. Usually two types of beer and wine are served, as well as water, soft drinks and water.

Save costs on drinks

If you get the drinks yourself , you can save costs. However, not every location is open to it. Some organizers offer a middle ground with the so-called corkage fee. You get the drinks, but you pay a serving fee to the organizer for each bottle you bring with you.

You can also limit the costs by providing wine, beer, soft drinks, sparkling wine, water, coffee and tea, but schnapps and cocktails have to be paid for by the guests themselves. Especially if you have to pay attention to your budget, your guests will fully understand this.

In any case, it is beneficial to design drinks menu. This gives the guests an overview of the drinks on offer. You can specify which drinks are available at which time of day (coffee with the cake table, sparkling wine at the reception, etc.). You can also note here which drinks may have to be paid for yourself.

The right food and drinks can make a decisive contribution to the success of your wedding celebration. They also play a major role in the budget. Therefore, you should include supply in your considerations when looking for a location. If you organize the catering yourself, it is best to think about what you can give to whom in good time. Then you can enjoy your wedding party carefree.


2021年3月10日星期三

Seating arrangements at a wedding

 

Seating arrangement is a headache for many couples when planning a wedding. Which guest sits at which table, next to whom and on which seat? We have put together the most important tips for you. With them you can create the seating arrangements effortlessly and you can look forward to a successful wedding celebration at which all guests feel comfortable.

The advantages and disadvantages of a seating arrangement

Whether you want to commit to a seating arrangement or not depends entirely on how you envision your celebration and how big your wedding party is. The seating arrangement has the advantage that you avoid clutter right from the start and save your guests from looking for a suitable place . Once everyone has been assigned a fixed place, everyone can sit down faster and the party can begin. In the best case, you will succeed in placing your guests in such a way that the table neighbors can get along perfectly and have a lively conversation. This has a decisive influence on the mood at your wedding and guarantees a pleasant atmosphere.

A disadvantage is sometimes cited that with a fixed seating arrangement, guests cannot choose for themselves who to sit next to. Some couples do without it, especially for small wedding parties or a table arrangement with free-standing individual tables. However, even at a celebration without seating arrangement, it is usually the case, at least the bride's parents and the withesses to keep a seat next to the bride and groom free. It is also advisable to provide enough additional seating in this case. This means that the guests do not have to search for free chairs for a long time if they want to move around in between.

For larger celebrations, you can also opt for a middle ground and assign the tables, but not the fixed seat.

Who sits where? Who is sitting next to whom?

The first step in creating a seating plan is to consider which groups you will be dividing your guests into. You can then assign these to the desired seats as soon as the room and table arrangement as well as the definitive guest list are available .

Who is sitting at the bridal table?

Traditionlly , the bridal couple sits at the so-called bridal table as the central table in the room. It should be able to be seen clearly by the guests and also have a good overview. If you decide on a table arrangement with a long wedding table, the bride and groom will sit on the long side of the table in the middle. The bride sits to the right of the groom. To the left of the groom sits his mother, next to her the father. On the other hand, the bride's parents join next to the bride. In addition to the parents , the grandparents , then the siblings and the best manplaced. However, many couples also opt for a more relaxed seating arrangement and would like to sit right next to their best man and closest friends. The family still sits at the bridal table near the bride and groom.

This variant is also useful for divorced parents. In this way, they can be better separated spatially and unpleasant situations can be avoided.

In the case of table arrangements with free-standing individual tables, the bride and groom also sit at the bridal table in such a way that they have a good overview and can be seen by the guests. For this, the bride and groom are either placed in the center or at a table on the edge that is easily visible.

Tips for a good atmosphere at guest tables

The guests are best placed according to groups of friends and / or families . However, if you want to consciously mix your guests, you can use common interests and life situations as clues. How to find families with children quickly common themes and a shared hobby or destinations provide quick conversation. It is also advisable to place quiet guests next to livelier ones. If possible, distribute real mood bombs well in the room.

Couples should definitely sit next to each other. Separate couples, falling out friends, or family members, on the other hand, are best dealt with. You should definitely avoid single tables . Many people feel uncomfortable just by going to a wedding alone. A single table doesn't make this situation any easier. Therefore, it is much more pleasant for singles to mingle with the crowd and be able to sit with friends or family.

Take into account guests with special needs

If you have decided on children's tables , it is best to place the parents near them so that they can keep an eye on the offspring. Families with babies or toddlers sit conveniently near the washrooms. Even older guests can take short paths to the toilets and to the buffet.

Also plan enough space for strollers, wheelchairs and rollators. Wheelchair users should have sufficient space at the table, be able to move backwards undisturbed and also have enough space in the aisles. Parents with babies in strollers should sit so that they can have them nearby.

It is best not to place older guests or families with children in the immediate vicinity of music systems or loudspeakers.


Determine the seating plan for the wedding

Once you have divided your guests into groups and you have the finished table arrangement, you can start planning the exact seating for your wedding. It is best to have the table plan ready for this. Especially with medium and large wedding parties, you can write the names of the guests on sticky notes and assign them.

It is best to start with the bridal table. Then you take on the groups with special needs, then the remaining groups. If you use sticky notes, you can easily try out changes at any time , even if these should arise shortly before the wedding celebration. A simple digital table or graphic can also be helpful here. You can now find many templates and apps online for this.

How guests find their seat

You need name cards so that your guests can quickly find their seat For larger wedding parties, it is advisable to set up table plan with the names of the guests at the entrance to the room It is best to design the table plan graphically and clearly. So it can be easily integrated into the decoration and everyone can find their table more easily. Both the creation of the name cards and the design of the table plan often take more time than expected. Therefore, you should start as early as possible.

Depending on what options you have on site, you can attach or set up the table plan with the seating arrangement on the wall. A taut cord, for example, has a particularly decorative effect. With clips you attach a card with the respective name to it on each table. You can have the cards printed or decorate them yourself with calligraphy, stamps or other elements.

If you cannot attach the table plan to the wall, an easel, for example, is suitable as a stand. A large plan looks particularly appealing on it in a picture frame. Have you chosen a rustic location for your wedding, such as a party barn? Then you can also integrate the table plan into an old window frame or into an old wagon wheel and make it a special eye-catcher .

Instead of assigning numbers to the individual tables , you can also give them names. Maybe you have a wedding motto ? Or did you orientate yourself to a certain theme when decorating? Then you can search for terms and use them to name the tables . The destination of your honeymoon or special keywords around your getting to know each other and your common life path are also suitable as a reference point .

Table numbers or names should be easily recognizable on the tables themselves. You can, for example, incorporate them into the flower decoration by attaching cards to wire and putting them in pots.


Ideas for designing name cards

Large tables cannot do without name cards, thanks to which your guests can quickly find their place at the table. These can be integrated just as wonderfully into the decoration for the wedding as the table numbers. You can have decorative place cards made and put them up at the respective seat.

Instead of name tags, you can also have the names made out of wood as lettering. If you want to get creative yourself , you can name beautiful stones or shells. Lanterns with the names in decorative lettering are also popular.

If you decide to assign your guests to individual tables, but not to fixed places, you can make place cards with their names. You place these centrally and clearly visible on the table. table motto provides a topic of conversation among the respective guests right from the start.

Orientation aid for the service

If you have hired a service for your wedding, you should also send them the seating arrangements. This is especially important if you have guests with special needs, such as allergy sufferers. It is also advantageous if the service knows where small children are sitting. Their places can then be equipped with appropriate dishes and high chairs.

You will also save a lot of time if you commission the service to set up the name cards.

Even if the seating arrangement involves a lot of planning, it is inevitable for many weddings. So that you can start planning in good time, it is best to send the invitations as early as possible and include a deadline for the acceptance or rejection. When it comes to time planning, the following applies: Only create the seating arrangement when you have a fixed guest list, but in good time to be able to plan in peace and take care of place cards and name cards.


2021年3月4日星期四

The table arrangement at a wedding

 

When planning the wedding, the table arrangement is an important aspect. It influences the atmosphere in the room and is the basis for many other decisions. We'll tell you what you should consider when arranging the table and what options you have for arranging the tables at your wedding celebration.

The table arrangement is about determining the shape and arrangement of the tables in the room. Only when this is established can you tackle the seating arrangement and assign your guests the desired seats. The table arrangement is the basis for many other planning steps and should therefore be thought through as early as possible. Depending on the size of the rooms, it can influence the possible number of guests. If you want a certain table arrangement, this can also determine the choice of the rooms for your celebration.

Get started with creating the table arrangement for the wedding

Before you can determine the table arrangement, you should have a rough idea of ​​how many guests you are expecting. Their number decides which table arrangements are suitable for your celebration. Depending on the size of the wedding party, there are table arrangements that are considered ideal. We present some of them to you below.

For small weddings with up to 10 guests, you usually only have to choose between a round and a square table. A wedding party of 11 to 50 people is considered to be medium in size. If there are more guests, one speaks of large wedding parties.

If you know the approximate number of guests, you can start looking for a suitable location. Their room structure and size also influence the table arrangement. It can also exclude some possibilities from the outset, for example if only angular, but no round tables are available in a room.

In addition, it is important for your table planning to be clear about your wishes as the bride and groom. Do you want a classic wedding with a wedding table , at which the bride and groom, bride's parents and groommen sit? Or do you prefer casual wedding tables that invite you to communicate with as many guests as possible?

Round or square tables?

In the next step you should decide on the shape of the tables. You have the choice between round or square tables. For a traditional table arrangement with a bridal table, angular tables are ideal. They can be combined in different arrangements and arranged to create beautiful banqueting tables that can also accommodate larger groups together.

Round tables, on the other hand, encourage looser arrangements. They look more harmonious than square tables if you opt for free-standing tables. This option is ideal if you want to offer your guests as many opportunities as possible to get into conversation with others. They also allow more freedom of movement in the room.


Plan a children's table

If you are expecting more than two to three children at your wedding who are no longer of toddler age, a children's table is a popular option. The children can play together on it and keep themselves busy. It also offers the children a place of retreat, especially at large weddings, where they can eat in peace and get creative.

The children's table should be placed in such a way that there is also freedom of movement around the table. You can put painting supplies on it and position it so that you can even set up a small play area next to it.

These table arrangements are possible

If you have a rough idea of ​​the number of guests, the shape of the tables and the rooms, you can determine the table arrangement for the wedding.


The long table

A long wedding table is a classic that is particularly suitable for a smaller wedding. The bride and groom are usually placed in the middle, close relatives and friends sit next to them. Sometimes the bride and groom also sit at the head of the wedding table.


Several long tables or wedding tables and individual tables

For larger wedding parties there is the option of setting up several long tables in a row. The bridal couple ideally sits in such a way that they are placed at the outer table and can be easily seen by everyone.

A long table can also be combined with individual tables. These can be round or square. Here, too, it is ideal to place the other tables so that the wedding couple can be seen clearly. This option is especially chosen for large wedding parties, as the number of tables is variable. For the necessary room size you calculate about three square meters per person.


The U shape

As an extension of the T-shape, the U-shape offers around 50 to 60 percent more space for guests. With her, the long wedding table is supplemented by two cross tables. Even with the U-shape, the bride and groom sit in the middle. Here it can be clearly seen by the guests and can keep eye contact with them.

However, there is something to consider with the U-shape. Guests sitting at the inner and outer corners should have enough space and thus sufficient freedom of movement. For a comfortable seating experience, a width of 60 to 70 centimeters is usually calculated for each guest. If there is not enough space with the simple U-shape, it can be supplemented with additional tables.

The E shape

With the E-shape, another cross table is added to the U-shape in the middle. This shape is therefore suitable for medium to large wedding parties. The bride and groom sit in the middle of the long table and look at three other tables. The wedding table should be long enough so that the guests do not feel cramped. There should be a space of at least one and a half meters between the cross tables.


The closed and the almost closed U-shape

Another option for an extended U-shape are tables that are placed next to each other to form a square or rectangle. The wedding couple sits in the middle of the so-called honor table. The guests either sit on the outside or also on the inside. This table arrangement is recommended for medium-sized wedding parties.

Even if only the outside is occupied, it is advisable not to place the tables next to each other completely. Through a small gap, plates can be cleared from the inside or drinks can be served. The almost closed U-shape also offers the possibility of using the interior for small demonstrations.



Table arrangement with free-standing tables

Free-standing wedding tables offer the best conditions for a communicative, dynamic celebration. They are also considered an inexpensive option for large wedding parties, but are generally suitable for wedding parties of all sizes. With this table arrangement, the guests can move more freely and easily in the room and between the seats and thus communicate more easily with others.

So that the bride and groom remain the center of the party with this table arrangement, they should be placed as centrally as possible. But you can also choose a table at the edge from which you can easily see what's going on and keep in good contact with all guests.

More tips and suggestions

Which table arrangement you decide on ultimately depends on the type of celebration, the rooms and the number of guests. In any case, it is advisable to try out the table arrangement before the celebration and to test whether the atmosphere is right and the freedom of movement in the room is sufficient.

Sufficient freedom of movement

All guests should be able to move around the room easily and sit comfortably. Ensures that the guests are not too close to the tables and that nobody has to be placed directly in front of the table legs. There should be enough space between the tables so that there is enough space in the aisles even when the chairs are pushed back. There should also be enough freedom of movement for serving drinks. If a buffet is planned, it should be arranged in such a way that there is enough space between the tables and the buffet for the queue in front of it.


Additional tables

In addition to the tables for the guests, a gift table is common, on which the wedding gifts, flowers and greeting cards are placed. If you would like a champagne reception before the celebration, you can also set up bar tables in the outdoor area or in the foyer.

Music and dance floor

If music is planned, the loudspeakers should be placed at an appropriate distance from the seats. In this way, the guests can stay in conversation even during musical entertainment. You should also check whether there is enough space for the dance floor with the table arrangement you have chosen.


Seating arrangements

Once you have determined the table arrangement, you can now create a seating plan for the wedding if you wish You can start thinking about the table arrangement as soon as you know the approximate number of guests. To determine the seating arrangement, however, you should wait for the feedback on the invitations.

Whether a seating arrangement makes sense or you can do without it depends entirely on you and the desired design of your celebration. Seating arrangements have the advantage that you can distribute guests in a targeted manner and thus avoid discrepancies if necessary. In the case of relaxed, dynamic celebrations, however, many couples also forego a fixed seating arrangement. You are betting that as many different guests as possible come into conversation with each other.