One of the biggest problems we find in this lovely weather is if you are doing your own drinks in the day is people aren't considering water for their guests between the service and sitting down for the meal. Even if you have some other non-alcoholic drinks in this weather people still want water to rehydrate themselves.
Please make sure your buy some plastic glasses and a jug or two; or bottles of water and put them in a bucket with Hessian lining and some cold water.
If you don't you guests will take the water glasses off the table (not their own usually the glass closest to them in the room). The caterers are busy preparing your lovely food and don't want guests walking through the kitchen or filling up lots of glasses.
When your guests do sit down many will be complaining they don't have a water glass. As these are hired there are not any/very few spare. As it's the is the busiest it’s extremely difficult to get them washed up and back on the tables whilst doing everything else.
Just by having bottles of water in a bucket of cold water or plastic cups and a jug means - means caterers can put this out for your guests in-between the arrival drinks and sitting down for the meal without it causing any problems later on. And you guests will be very happy and hydrated throughout the day.
Robert McHugh, a professional chef with over 12 years of experience working in a range of high end restaurants.