Wedding Reception

Choose a professional wedding band

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Let’s face it, planning a wedding can be difficult. You’re buying lots of products and services you’ve never bought before. You have a short period of time to learn a great deal about things you’ve never thought about. This includes catering, wedding cakes, the perfect wedding dress, and getting the right music. Many times, couples will be out at their favorite bar or restaurant and hear a band they really enjoy. After the band is done playing, they approach the band and ask if they can play their wedding. The band members look at each other and say “sure, why not.” The problem is they don’t realize all that goes into being an actual wedding band. It involves much more than just playing music.

Great variety of music from s professional weddding band

Why Choose A Professional Wedding Band

A great Chicago wedding band will be able to play a wide variety of music, from Sinatra, to Motown to top 40. They will also be able to learn new songs from a variety of genres. The leader of the band is also responsible for taking care of any announcements, introductions and working with all the wedding vendors. A professional wedding band will provide their couples with a state-of-the-art sound system and lighting and will arrive several hours before the wedding to make sure everything is in order.

Bands that play in clubs often start later than planned, wear whatever they want, etc. A professional wedding band wears formal attire. A club band will certainly be much cheaper than a professional wedding band, but if they show up to your wedding 30 minutes late wearing jeans and a t-shirt, unable to work with your vendors, make any announcements or learn your special songs, did you really save money? David Rothstein Music will make sure your guests have the best experience so you can relax.

I invite you to explore our website and learn more about the benefits of hiring professionals instead of the band that plays at your favorite bar. Invest your wedding funds into the best quality you can afford and your guests will thank you.

All my best to you for your big day!

David Rothstein

David Rothstein Music

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Bio: David Rothstein Music is honored to be an award-winning music company on The Knot and Wedding Wire for the past 13 years. While we appreciate and value all the awards we’ve won, our main focus always is exceeding our clients’ expectations.

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Choosing food service for your

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

So, you’re working on selecting menu items for your wedding reception. You’ve already decided on passed hors d’oeuvres—crab cakes, stuffed button mushrooms, and fried mac and cheese balls just for a fun twist—and you’re thinking of serving a light garden salad and lobster bisque combo as an appetizer. But how do you deliver the main course to your guests? When it comes to the question of a seated dinner, a buffet, or a serving station is the best option for the main course, let’s just put it this way: you have yet to determine which food service option to say “I do” to at your wedding reception.

Passing the appetizers you want

Determining The Right Wedding Food Service Option

The size of your guest list, formality of your wedding, selected venue and catering company, and the time of day your wedding and reception will take place are all things to consider when choosing a food service style.

The Buffet

Let’s start at what is traditionally known as the most informal end of the spectrum—the buffet. Many couples who opt for a buffet lean toward this option due to their desire to see movement in the room throughout the evening, rather than a stagnant seated dinner that unfolds at a slower pace. If cost is a factor, buffets can also prove to be a more economical option as they do not require every guest to be seated at the same time.

Beautiful setup for sitdown dinner

The Seated Dinner 

For those who prefer more formal dining experience, or who plan to host 200 or fewer guests, seated dinners are an appropriate selection. Most frequently selected for black and white tie receptions, seated dinners are a full-service dining experience marked by pauses between courses. Generally speaking, seated dinners are more expensive because they require a chair for every single guest, along with chargers, stemware, flatware, individual menus, table numbers, additional centerpieces, a server for the table, plus a server for beverages.

Serving station for Indian food

The Serving Station

Stations are another option, and fall right in the middle of the food service spectrum on a scale ranging from informal to formal. Ideal for weddings with a large guest count, food stations are also an excellent option for those who wish to accommodate a variety of menu needs or preferences.

For example, an Indian family following a vegetarian diet can showcase the bride or groom’s heritage by serving traditional dishes while also offering more universal fare at other stations. Alternately, a couple hailing from New York and Texas can treat guests to his-and-hers stations bearing Manhattan clam chowder and cheesecake to represent his Brooklyn background, and barbecue and pecan pie as a nod to her Houston roots.

For both buffet dinners and food stations, signage helps to reinforce the theme and further acquaint guests with the couple’s background. You can accomplish this via large chalkboard menus at the head of each station or by putting individual menus on each place setting.

Dessert bar

The Hybrid Approach

The newest trend is doing a hybrid of food stations and seated dinners—ideal for the couple who wants the formality of assigned guest seating without limiting mobility throughout the evening. Just like at a traditional seated reception, each guest is directed to his or her assigned dinner seat via a place card. Following a welcome toast or prayer, wines are poured at the table and the first course is served by attendants. Afterward, guests are then dismissed to various food stations at their own pace. Another mix-and-match option is the family-style seated dinner, in which entrees are plated and guests help themselves to sides served on large platters. Although everyone has a seat at the table like at a traditional seated dinner, this casual style of dinner service is the furthest thing from stuffy—perfect for a ranch wedding or more casual reception environment.

Now that you have an understanding of the various food service options, all that’s left to do is finish up those menu selections. Enjoy your tasting appointments—and bon appetit!

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BIO: Led by founder Mary-Frances Hurt, DFW Events is a luxury event planning firm based in Dallas, Texas. Our hand-selected team excels in the areas of service, creativity, and communication. Whether you’re dreaming of a Dallas wedding, a destination “I do,” a country club soirée, or an event on a private estate, we have the experience, energy, and international design connections needed to convert your vision into an extraordinary celebration. Learn more: dfwevents.com | Follow us on Instagram: @dfwevents

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