Adventures in Dining
Planning your own wedding is a fantastic experience; you get to go shopping for some seriously fun stuff, wedding dresses and favours, decorations and wedding stationary, jewellery and wedding cake. You can use it as an excuse to have wine tasting evenings at home or ‘research’ trips to Harrods and Selfridges just to see how the other half do it!
Seating Plan Nightmares
The planning, shopping, chatting and bouncing ideas around is all fabulous fun, the seating plan . . . not so much! No doubt you’ll already have endured a bit of an internal struggle deciding who to invite to your wedding and now you’ve got to figure out whom to sit by whom.
It may well be that rather than seat everyone on a table with people they already know, you’d like to mix things up a bit. You’ll have family, old friends, university friends, work friends, their partners who you may not have even met. It can be great to use the wedding breakfast as a way to get all those different people talking to each other and enjoying fascinating dinner conversation.
Host a Roast
One of the best ways to help stimulate conversation between your wedding guests is to provide a Traditional Wedding Breakfast with a twist . . . . we sometimes call it the ‘Host a Roast’. This is essentially a beautifully cooked Traditional Roast Dinner complete with Yorkshire Puddings, Roast Potatoes, Steamed Vegetables and Gravy but instead of the chefs carving the meat in the kitchens, the whole roast joint is brought to the table and ceremonially placed in front of a nominated ‘carver’.
By far the best way to do this is without giving the guests any warning. The Bride and Groom will secretly nominate one carver per table who is then ceremoniously presented with a whole roast to carve for the table.
Although we’ll happily provide Chef’s Hats and Aprons for the carvers to pop on, the best results are always when the happy couple have provided their own aprons which are inevitably incredibly cheeky and comical or beautifully personalised with the wedding date and Bride & Groom’s names.
Wrap your aprons up and the Event Manager at your chosen venue will be more than happy to ‘hide’ it under the carver’s chair (normally a bit of masking tape does the trick!)
Then as starters are being cleared away the Groom will normally tap his wine glass with a fork to get everyone’s attention and announce that in order to properly prepare for the main course guests should check underneath their chairs for a surprise package. The Groom will normally explain that those lucky enough to have found a package should pop the contents on immediately!
I can assure all, this little bit of food theatre preceding the main course is a fabulous ice breaker on the tables. It really gets everyone involved, laughing and communicating, especially when they see the aprons!
Then of course the Roasts come out, normally to uproarious applause by this time and the banter continues throughout the carving with clamours for ‘more’ meat and plenty of laughter.
Pick carvers who’ll love the attention, sit back and enjoy watching all your guests come alive with laughter and engage in the whole event, it really does work incredibly well.