Formal seated dinners can be quite a task. There are several aspects to it that need immaculate planning and flawless execution. There could be several reasons for such a formal seated dinner. But whatever the reason be, you ought to be in control of every aspect to make it a resounding success. It is best to hire professional event planners to help you out with this so that you as well as your guests end up a satisfied lot! Here are a few guidelines to help you with seated dinners.
Choose the right catering service
This is perhaps the most crucial aspect of formal sit down meals. You need to choose a caterer who is well experienced in handling such events. Look for referrals, online reviews, testimonials, ask friends, colleagues who might have a few good references. Hiring a catering service with a great reputation is always a good idea. But before you finalize any caterer, meet them in person, have open and frank discussions to understand what they offer and how that matches with your requirements.
Choosing the right menu
Food is perhaps the most important aspect of every meeting, be it formal or informal. Irrespective of the purpose of the menu, you need to choose a spread that is enjoyed by all. Your menu will play a crucial role in determining the success of your event. It is always a wise idea to choose a reputed and experienced caterer and go with a tried and tested menu. Avoid experimenting with dishes on such occasions. Remember to incorporate all kinds of food preferences into your menu like meat, fish, vegan, vegetarian, etc.
Choose the right venue
Depending upon your guest list, choose the venue. By venue we don’t mean only a space, it should be able to accommodate your number of guests comfortably. Also it should have furnishings and decorations to match the theme of your dinner. The place should also have extra space for bartenders, service staff and other support staff to freely move about and render service. The venue should also have ample space for parking. Another important aspect of choosing a venue is that it should have a flexible floor plan that allows various permutations and combinations of seating arrangements so that you can have it your way. Also your chosen arrangement should allow free and unhindered flow of guests and service staff.
Choose a seating plan
It is quite common in case of formal seated dinners for familiar people to get seated around the same place, creating groups. However, if you wish your guests to mingle with one another, make new contacts and have interesting conversations going, then you need to plan your seating arrangement well. Create a workable seating plan where no one is bored and offers ample networking opportunities.