Once the ceremony is complete, you and your guests get to relax and celebrate with some wonderful food and drink together.
But what to have? The options are endless, so here are a few quick pointers on how to plan that wedding menu for a night of celebration!
Sit down or buffet style?
One of the first questions to ask is whether you’ll opt for a buffet-style reception or a sit-down dinner. Many couples will assume that a sit-down dinner is always cheaper, but it’s not necessarily the case as caterers will know exactly how much food to order for sit-down meals.
If it’s a budget issue, talk to your venue or caterer about the exact costs for your expected number of guests.
Cater to everyone
With every group, there will be those who don’t eat meat, those who are gluten-free, and those who are dairy-free. Remember that it’s impossible to perfectly meet the requirements of what everyone prefers, but ensuring meals are mostly friendly to all is a good start. For example, include one vegetarian option, and keep the meat dishes reasonably simple with chicken and beef choices.
Then, talk to your caterer about how to manage those who won’t be able to order from the main menu.
You - as well as pretty much everyone at the wedding - will be dressed to the nines. Women will be in gorgeous dresses, wearing stunning jewellery, with hair and makeup looking great, and men will be in their sleek suits.
Serving up a menu of messy, runny foods is a recipe for disaster. Avoid items that often end up smeared down shirts and across cheeks such as linguine and chicken wings, and opt for ‘tidy’ foods that are easier to control with a knife and fork.
Stay in season
Using vegetables and fruits that are currently in season can be a big budget saver for the big day - just think how pricey strawberries are when they’re out of season!
Even if you’re planning your menu six months ahead of the wedding, think about the time of year the big day will be held, and how you might use that to your advantage when serving up something delicious.
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