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You never realize how formal a dinner setting is until you’re planning a wedding. This day that means so much requires all of the little details to line up so that you can have the absolute best time. While it may not seem like it would make a huge difference, the way that you set your dining tables for your wedding is something that will put your worries to rest when you know that you’ve done it correctly.

As a company that has provided high-quality wedding catering to the Philadelphia area, we are pro’s with setting dining tables for formal weddings, and we want to share a few of our greatest tips with you.

Center Pieces

When you’re planning a wedding on a budget, the last thing that you want to hear is that there are certain things that make a difference and that they’re expensive. Unfortunately, that is the case for centerpieces. They seem extremely expensive in the process of planning your wedding, but the difference that they make when they’re out on the table and it’s the night of your wedding is something you’ll be glad you invested money and time in.

This is the first thing that we’re going to cover because there is no doubt that it is something that will make all the difference during your big day. You can leave the delicious food up to our team or catering professionals, and drive your focus to ensure that your guests have something beautiful to look at through the dinner.

So Many Forks

There’s nothing quite as intimidating as the number of forks that you see in a formal setting. If you’re not entirely sure what the purpose of each fork is, it can be even more intimidating. While it may seem excessive to have so many forks sitting at the table, there is a purpose behind each fork and it’s a much better setup than having to keep a fork that’s been used and leave it sitting on the table once plates have been cleared.

If you’re not entirely sure what each fork is used for, here’s a quick lesson to at least get yourself familiar with the idea.

Let’s start with how many forks there are at the table. The bare minimum that you’ll see will three, one for the salad, one for the dinner, and one for the dessert. There will be a fourth fork, however, if there is any fish that will be served at the wedding. The fish fork only has three prongs and is specifically for fish dishes. The other dishes, however, will be used with the forks that we’ve just covered. Your dessert fork will be the smallest, with the salad fork in the middle, and the main dinner fork being the largest.


Just as with the forks, you’ll notice that the plates that you set, you’ll have varying sizes that each have a different purpose. Salad plates will be much smaller than the main meal plates that you’ll use, and they will be removed after they’ve been used. When you consider how you’d like to set the dishes for your event, you will have to take into consideration whether or not you’d like to set out the dinner plates at the same time, or if you’d like to have just the salad plates sitting on the table, and then bring the dinner plates out at a later time.

The plates may not seem like a large focus for how you serve your food, but this will be what your guests are eating off of, so if the way that you’re setting them increases the chances of them getting dirty or smudged, it may be something that your guests notice.

There are so many other things that go into the setting of a wedding table, so you can count on more coverage of this topic so that you can continue to learn how to set a table.

When you’re looking for a high-quality caterer in the Philadelphia area, you can count on DiAntonio’s Catering to provide you with a custom menu that you love and feel confident being served. Contact us today and we’ll schedule a time for you to meet with a member of our team. From there we’ll build a menu that meets all of your needs for your event. Don’t hesitate to schedule your next big event, today.