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A Simple Guide To Planning The Perfect Wedding Food Menu

A Simple Guide To Planning The Perfect Wedding Food Menu


He popped the question, you said yes, and now planning for your big day is in full swing. Good for you darling! Now that you’ve got the wedding venue, your stunning dress, and your bridesmaid dresses covered, how about you set your sight on what your guests will be eating? That’s right, we’re talking about your wedding food menu. 

Truth be told, a lot of guests attend weddings mostly because of the food — that’s besides supporting the couple and getting to see the dress, of course. Yes, good food is at the top of the list of reasons why people are going to show up, so why don’t we wow them?

How you feed your guests on your big day is entirely up to you. You have to do your best with what suits your budget while keeping your wedding theme in mind. Depending on the number of guests and your budget, there’s the option of serving plated dinner or buffet style. The plated dinner has the advantage of invitees getting their food at about the same time, that is if your waiters are efficient. On the other hand, a buffet is cost-effective as it means having to do away with waiters. If you are on a tighter budget, the latter could be the best choice for you. Irrespective of the option chosen, we have curated key tips for successful wedding food menu planning just for you.

Here are 5 simple tips for planning the perfect wedding food menu…

#1. Keep preferences in mind

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Different kinds of people make up the guest list for your wedding, so it’s important to keep them, and their preferences, in mind. For instance, while we all love chicken, a handful of guests may be vegetarians and would obviously be expecting something else. Other than that, allergies and dietary restrictions should also be considered. Finally, some folks have a thing for spicy dishes while others don’t. In all, do your possible best to have something available for the different people in attendance.

#2. Look to seasonal options

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What time of the year would you be getting hitched? Well, why not select a wedding food menu that gives a nod to this? For example, in the heat of the summer, you can serve lighter, refreshing items such as iced tea, lemonade, crisp salads, chicken, and fish. In winter, heavier selections work well such as steak, creamy soups, and hot chocolate. Another wedding food idea would be to pick a menu that complements the theme of your chosen wedding style.

#3. Be realistic with your budget

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Now is the time to weigh what’s really important to you and your fiancé. If fine dining is a must, then maybe you’d prefer to have a small wedding (in terms of the number of guests) and an over-the-top dinner. If you’d rather invite more people, then consider cutting back on the fine dining option and go for a buffet.

Remember that it’s not unlikely that they’ll be some individuals who would say that they haven’t had enough to eat regardless of how many times they are served. In order words, your pocket is what really matters. The marriage starts after the wedding so you shouldn’t burn your resources trying to please everyone.

#4. Consider crowd pleasers

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While an exotic dish might not be to everyone’s taste, a tried and trusted grilled chicken sandwich would be better received by many. And it’s also easy to mass-produce. Come on, who doesn’t love grilled chicken? Wedding guests are more likely to settle for food they can relate to for fear of needing to use the restroom before they get home. Plus, you’ll easily win their heart with meals they already love!

#5. Multiple stacks of everything

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If a buffet is your preferred choice of dining at your wedding, be sure to provide multiple points of access for everything. Instead of putting one stack of napkins, putting three is better. In addition, there should be several stacks of plates at the beginning and the end of the table or even at different points in the hall. This gives people a chance to wander from any direction without overcrowding at a certain spot. Genius, isn’t it?

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