Dinner Etiquette 101 – Making sense of the dinner table for your wedding or dinner party

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Good morning lovelies,

I’d like to start the week sharing with you this useful poster I saw on Pinterest over the weekend (btw, if you don’t know how to use Pinterest yet, check out this great guide by Pocketful of Dreams!).

Bear in mind, I’m not a wine drinker, so I’m always the girl who doesn’t need the two wine glasses and champagne flute on the table, and who has to remind the waiter that my glass is empty for a reason and d0es not need topping up. Because of this, I’ve never really been too worried about learning which glass is for what wine, but now that I work in the wedding industry it’s essential that I can advise my clients about these ‘details’.

The most useful tip on this poster is: if you don’t know what fork / knife you should be using, always start from the one on the outside and never put a used piece of cutlery back on the table – you know that awkward moment when you are unsure if you are supposed to keep your fork…? Yep, that one… Well, the answer is no. If you have used it, don’t put it back on the table!

Dining Etiquette, Wedding Etiquette, Table Set up

{via Marketing Na Cozinha, via Pinterest}

I realise the whole wedding industry, made of elegance, traditions and attention to details, requires knowledge and understanding of table etiquettes, but personally I’m the kind of girl who likes nothing more than a relaxed dinner in an informal environment. In fact, my ideal wedding would be a simple one fork + one knife set up, with waiters who bring fresh cutlery with every dish… so much easier, and less embarrassment for those who can’t get their heads around the rules of bon ton!

What kind of diner are you, and what is your ideal wedding set up? Do you like traditional and elegance, or are you more of a relaxed dining person?  Do you have any tips to add to those on the poster above, particularly related to wedding etiquettes? 

I’d love to hear from you!

x Betta

 

One Response to “Dinner Etiquette 101 – Making sense of the dinner table for your wedding or dinner party”

  1. Beth

    This is most helpful. I knew most of it, but not all of it. Much appreciated! I am actually quite uncomfortable at the wedding reception dinner table. I am super-casual.

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