Decisions, decisions. There are many decisions you must make when planning your wedding. Thinking of your wedding menu may seem like the most daunting one, but here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind to speed the process along.
Set Your Budget-
You should have a catering budget before seeking out a caterer. That way, your caterer knows know how much you are trying to spend. Then, you and your caterer can work together to create a beautiful wedding menu.
Head Count –
Not only is the head count important for your venue, but you also want to have an accurate head count for your caterer. Not only is the budget a number your caterer will have to work with, so are your number of guests. When you have a head count, you may then decide on how elaborate you can get with creating your menu.
Keep it Simple –
This one may seem like a no brainer, but keep your entree options to 2-3 max. The more options you offer your guests the larger the variety your caterer must cook to accommodate all entree options. Additional tip – Restricting number of entree options will help save you money.
Be Considerate of Food Allergies-
Ask for dietary restrictions when collecting your RSVP’s. You cannot accommodate every guest, but it is gracious of you to add some options for your guests with food allergies. There are always a select few gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or pescatarian guests at a wedding. Add a simple hors’ d’oeuvre or silent entree option that may satisfy your guests.
Don’t Forget About the Kids –
Kids may not find your elaborate wedding menu to be the most appetizing. Ask your caterer to create a separate kid’s menu for kids under twelve. Additional tip – The kid’s menu is typically discounted too!
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “You eat with your eyes”. Choosing a caterer who cares about the presentations just as much as they do taste; allows you to set your menu apart. Don’t be afraid to get creative with presentation. Dress up a meal station, if that is the style you decide to serve your guests. Make meal time an experience!
Passing Hor d’oeuvres –
Having a happy hour? Your initial thought may be to offer intricate food, but consider sophisticated finger foods. Nothing more complicated than trying to cut food while standing.
Food Tasting –
Tasting the food prior to the wedding helps avoid surprises and stress. It is also the opportunity for you to ask questions and provide feedback.