When planning a wedding reception menu there are so many factors to consider. There are so many food choices. So many cuisines. So many guests all with their likes and dislikes. This can be a tough decision.
As wedding caterers, we would like to offer these tips to help you with your wedding menu.
- Don’t try to create a menu to please everyone. A simple menu for a full course meal might be easier than opting for specialty foods with spices. Most people like a meat dish of steak or chicken. Stay with simplicity. If you are having a buffet or self-serve-style wedding, you will have more of a variety of items to serve.
- Consider Dietary Restrictions. Not every guest will like everything on your menu. Accept that before you start the menu choices. Always shave something for guests with special dietary restrictions. Standard chicken, beef, and vegetarian options are always safe options. Those options usually satisfy everyone’s needs. Create dishes around beef, chicken, fish, or vegetarian selections, then add sides and flavors. Try to avoid spicy foods (unless you know your guests well) that could upset stomachs. If you are inviting families with children to your wedding, consider a kid’s menu.
- Interview Your Caterer. You must have a caterer that is open to your wants for your special day. Ask about your menu items and ask for suggestions. Ask your caterer about the ingredients in their dishes and if food is sourced locally. Make sure your meeting with your cater is detailed in all areas.
- Work within your budget. Try to stay within your budget. Usually, catering is one of the costly items in a wedding planning budget. If you are on a tight budget your guest list may need tweaking. You may consider limiting the choices or servings. If you are having a buffet, you may want servers plating the food in the buffet line.
- Hire a Good Caterer. Ask friends and family for people they have used. When you talk to the caterer ask for references. Make sure to not rush and take your time in the planning. Call