Whether you decide on a sit-down menu, serving your meals family style or going for a buffet, having the perfect wedding menu is essential to your special day. It’s the first meal that you share with your new spouse, surrounded by those you love the most and the food should reflect with delicious flavors. But planning the perfect wedding menu is not easy, so here are five tips to help you along.
Choose The Right Caterer
One of the hardest choices you’ll make is choosing the right caterer. The first thing you need to do is read the online reviews of Google, Yelp, or Facebook. When meeting with a caterer ask various questions including the following:
- Are they licensed?
- Do they have wedding experience?
- Can they handle the number of people on your guest list?
- Do they do creative add-ons like BBQ, food stations, food trucks?
- Can they achieve what you need?
- Do they offer a food tasting?
No matter what season you decide to get married in, there is a flavor to match it.
- Summer: Light foods like fresh grilled seafood or chicken with delicious salads and an assortment of ice cream for dessert.
- Spring: Fresh foods like young vegetables, tender meats, and zesty lemon desserts.
- Fall: Hearty foods that embrace the seasonal colors like butternut soup, pot roast, and pumpkin pie.
- Winter: Comfort foods like gnocchi, pot pie, and sticky toffee pudding.
Add A Hint of Your Heritage
If your ancestry is important to you, add elements of your heritage into your wedding through the food you serve. Whether it is tamales from Mexico, spanakopita from Greece, tempura from Japan, dim sum from China or churros from Spain, adding a dish, canapé or dessert that embraces your culture and heritage an amazing nod to those who came before you.
Add A Personal Touch
Once your menu has been laid out, its time to add a few personal touches. From late night food station with your favorite junk food to serving a grilled cheese, mini egg rolls, and popcorn shrimp as canapés, truly find something that represents you. Another way to add a personal touch is serving dishes that tell a story like a meal that you had on your first date or your favorite dish a couple.
Have A Food Tasting
Food tastings are essential to making sure your wedding menu is the best it can be. If a caterer does not offer a tasting, find a new caterer – you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on something that you can’t try beforehand. Take your time with a tasting and enjoy the experience while paying attention to the quality of the food and presentation. Take note of the temperature of the food, texture and how yummy each dish is, and ask yourself if it meets your expectations. A menu will not be perfect the first time so you might go back and forth until you get it right.