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 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 the best with what suits your budget while keeping your wedding theme in mind. Depending on the number of guests and your budget, you have 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.
Go over the options available with your caterer and be sure to try as many of the foods as possible. After all, the menu will be tied to your wedding, so it’s imperative that you serve your guests meals you’ll be proud to stand behind. It surely isn’t just about food but also the impression you want to leave. This is the perfect time to tell the caterer if you think less pepper, a little more oil, or a little less salt is needed for a particular meal.
Irrespective of the option chosen, we have curated key tips for a successful wedding food menu planning.
Here are three simple tips for planning the perfect wedding food menu…
#1. Be realistic with your budget
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 do 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.
#2. Consider crowd-pleasers
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 with for fear of needing to use the restroom before they get home. Plus, you’ll easily win their heart with meals they already love!
#3. Multiple stacks of everything
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 of 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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