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How to Choose Plates for Your Wedding Reception

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How to Choose Plates for Your Wedding Reception

When it comes to choosing the décor for your wedding reception, there are endless possibilities for making a statement.

Setting up a beautiful bar will certainly command attention. Of course, decking out your reception space with stunning floral arrangements and unique lighting will help to set the scene. But one of the most prominent parts of a wedding reception? The plates and dinnerware that make up your tablescape.

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If you’re choosing to host a meal during your wedding reception, you’re most likely thinking about how to put together a stunning tablescape. And, setting up a beautiful space for friends and family to gather and enjoy a meal certainly requires key attention to detail.

Selecting the type of table, tablecloths, centerpieces, and other décor elements is an important piece of the puzzle. But another key element to think about when planning your tablescape is the types of plates you’ll use for your wedding reception. Not only do you want them to be entirely functional, but gorgeous dinnerware is one of the best ways to infuse personality into a tablescape and to make a statement.

What’s the best way to choose plates for your wedding reception? It requires a bit of planning. To find out, we turned to wedding pros Regina Brooks of Régine Danielle Events and Michelle Cousins of Michelle Leo Events.

How to Decide Your Plate Style

The first step to choosing the perfect plates for your dinner party is to decide on your plate style. “The menu should dictate the style of plate in the overall setting,” says Cousins. If you’re planning to serve a duo entrée, Cousins notes that a 13-inch dinner plate may be required, as opposed to a 10-inch dinner plate for a smaller serving. “It’s important to take into consideration the chef or catering team involved and what plate they feel is necessary for their preferred style of presentation and plating,” she says. After all, you’re leaning into your preferred caterer and their experience to serve an incredible meal.

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In considering menu presentation and size, Brooks also notes that you don’t want your tablescape to be too visually overwhelming. It’s all about creating balance. “Select either the plates or the linens to be your ‘statement’ piece, but not both,” she says.

How Many Plates Do You Need?

Tablescapes are often built with multiple plates at each setting, accompanied by key elements such as linens, place cards, glassware, flatware, and other small decorative details. According to Brooks, a charger, dinner plate, and salad plate are often used for photo styling. However, if guests are being served dinner at the table, it’s common to only have the charger at each place setting right before it’s time to eat. Once guests are seated, their salad will come out on the salad plate.
“The amount of plates will vary depending on the actual menu,” says Cousins. “Generally, a three-course meal will include a plate for the starter, one for the main entree, and the dessert, as well as a bread and butter plate. Starters and entrees are served on top of the charger, and then the charger is removed prior to dessert.” Of course, if you’re planning to serve a family-style meal, or a buffet, it’s more likely that only one primary plate will be used for dinner, along with a clean plate for dessert. Determining the number of plates needed for service, along with the sizes and types, is important before diving into deciding on shapes, patterns, and designs.

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How to Purchase Plates for Your Reception

Once you’ve determined the number of plates needed for service, where exactly do you get them? If you’re planning a wedding with a large guest count, that’s a lot of plates! “I always recommend renting if the couple prefers not to utilize the China included in their venue contract,” says Cousins. “Renting offers couples the opportunity to personalize their table design without the hassle of buying plates.” Rental companies offer so many options at a fraction of the cost or the effort.

If you are planning a wedding with a smaller guest list, you may still consider purchasing plates. An intimate wedding with an elaborate dinner may mean that you won’t need to purchase as many. Then, they can be used in your home after the wedding. However, be sure to consider how and where you might store them if it’s a larger amount than your home kitchen can fit.

How to Weave Plates Into Your Tablescape

If you’re hoping to create a jaw-dropping tablescape, weaving your plates into the design seamlessly is an important step. “Your plate selection should be cohesive with your other decor elements such as linens, flower selection, lighting, and shapes in your design elements,” says Brooks. She also notes that plates offer the opportunity to incorporate a beautiful design element that would be too overwhelming elsewhere. Don’t be afraid to feature bright colors or unique shapes when selecting your reception plates.

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It’s also important to consider how the food you’re presenting will look on your selected plates. “Some might opt for a neutral plate rather than a pattern or color in order to allow the food on the plate to carry the presentation,” says Cousins. “Colorful salads or entrees with beautiful sides and garnishes ultimately look best when they are the star of the show.”

Consider starting with your chargers to seamlessly weave your plate set-up into your tablescape. According to Cousins, chargers are the easiest way to incorporate design, color, and texture because they are down on the tables long before food service begins. Then, you can layer with the selected China to incorporate other colors and patterns, or stick to a neutral plate color to highlight an incredible meal. Of course, other elements on top of the plates such as linens, place cards, and even menus can help to complete the look.

Ultimately, it’s all about finding the best fit and size for the style of meal you’re planning, along with pairing your plates with what’s on the menu. Then, consider options to infuse personality while creating a cohesive look.

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According to reports, a man was seriously humiliated after he was caught having s.x with a married woman in an uncompleted building.

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5 Best Destinations to Honeymoon in October

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5 Best Destinations to Honeymoon in October

If you’re in search of the perfect destination for your October honeymoon, you’re in luck! There are tons of quality options to choose from during this autumn month, whether you want to relax on the beach, immerse yourself in wildlife, or explore a romantic city.

For October destination ideas and travel tips, we turned to travel expert John Spence and his team of destination specialists at Scott Dunn USA. His first piece of advice: don’t wait until the last minute to book your fall honeymoon. “I would start planning as soon as possible,” Spence advises. “It costs the same whether you plan now or later, but by planning now you’ll get your first choice of accommodations, whereas you’ll likely have far fewer options later as places fill up.”

Maldives

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If the Maldives isn’t on the top of your honeymoon wish list, it’s about to be. October is a great time to see whale sharks and manta rays, which makes for a fun excursion. Couples should stay at Anantara Kihavah Maldives for a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon experience. The resort offers a special honeymoon package that includes daily breakfast and dinner, champagne, unique dining experiences, and a romantic “Slumber Guru Ritual.”

Tanzania and Kenya

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One of the most sought-after African honeymoon combinations is Tanzania and Kenya, and there’s no better time to visit and view wildlife than in the dry season. “I would recommend Tanzania and Kenya for a classic big game honeymoon safari,” says Spence. “The Great Migration is still taking place in East Africa in October, so it’s a great time for viewing, and the lodges there are some of the most romantic.”

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South Africa

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“South Africa is our number one destination for honeymooners this year, and for good reason,” shares Andres Arrigara, Africa travel specialist at Scott Dunn. “In October the temperatures are mild and rainfall is low, but really, it’s hard to beat some time in Cape Town and the Winelands any time of year.”

For a honeymoon with an ideal mixture of adventure and luxury, start at Table Mountain to take in the panoramic views of the Western Cape, then head down to the waterfront to treat yourselves to artisan crafts and clothing made by South African creatives. To top off the trip, couples can drive to the Winelands or go explore a multitude of national parks and wildlife preserves, where the odds of seeing all of the Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and African buffalo) are very high.

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A perfect destination for couples who want a Caribbean experience without actually leaving the country is St. Thomas. Since it’s part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, no passport is required! Stay at the luxury Ritz Carlton St. Thomas, which recently went under a $100 million renovation. Couples can book a sunset sail on the resort’s very own catamaran, the Lady Lindsey. Pro tip: Make sure to book a Club Level room for exclusive access to a private beach area and the Club Lounge with unlimited meals, snacks, and beverages throughout the day.

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Morocco

“Morocco is wonderful in autumn and such a romantic destination,” says Rachael Mendizabal, Europe travel specialist at Scott Dunn. Rooftop dinners surrounded by candles, couples massages in marble-clad spas, and nights in a glamping tent under starry skies make for the most picturesque honeymoon memories. Be sure to book Morocco well in advance, as the best rooms and riads sell out. For a luxury stay, consider a riad at Royal Mansour in Marrakech.

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Aliko Dangote Reemerges As World’s 74th Richest Billionaire

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Aliko Dangote Reemerges As World’s 74th Richest Billionaire

As the world’s richest billionaires’ ranking continues to shift, with the most recent offset being the emergence of Indian billionaire Gautam Adani as the world’s second-richest man ahead of Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, some billionaires like Aliko Dangote have seen their wealth ranking improve in recent weeks after losing out several weeks ago.

Dangote, whose net worth has declined by $275 million since the start of the year, dropped out of the top 80 richest billionaires list more than a week ago, as his wealth fell below the $19-billion mark for the first time since Sept. 29, 2021.

After falling out about a week ago, the billionaire, who derives the majority of his fortune from his 86-percent stake in Dangote Cement Plc, Africa’s largest cement maker, is now ranked 74th on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a list that tracks the fortunes of the world’s 500 richest people.

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Dangote is now not only the richest man in Africa, but also the richest Black man in the world.

His re-entry into the top 80 billionaires list was aided by the decline in the net worth of Indonesian billionaire Michael Hartono, Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, and Thomas Frist, a U.S. physician and businessman who is the wealthiest person in Tennessee, a landlocked state in the southeastern United States.

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Dangote’s net worth has fallen from $19.1 billion at the beginning of the year to $18.8 billion at the time of writing this report. This equates to a $257-million loss in wealth for the billionaire businessman since the year began.

The drop in his net worth, which began on May 13 when he became the world’s 61st richest man after his net worth surpassed $21 billion for the first time since 2014, can be attributed to a drop in the shares of his publicly traded cement company, Dangote Cement.

Since May 13, shares in the leading cement maker have dropped 18.3 percent, from an all-time high of N300 ($0.697) to N245 ($0.5694) at the time of writing.

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The drop in the company’s stock can be attributed to investors’ reaction to its half-year earnings figures, which revealed a double-digit drop in profit in the first half of 2022 due to higher energy costs and unrealized foreign exchange losses.

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