Tips To Plan Your Wedding Food Menu
Choosing your food is one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding. Having to please the palates of multiple guests can get a little daunting, though. If you’re not sure where to start in creating your wedding reception menu, here are some tips to kick things off:
1. Consider the reception timing. If you’re having a morning wedding, a breakfast or brunch menu is the way to go. An early afternoon reception is great for a lighter lunch menu. Evening weddings are prime time for dinner, where late receptions might only call for a dessert bar or cocktail-style reception.
2. Don’t forget t your budget. Whenever you interview a venue or caterer, begin by stating your food and beverage budget so they present options within the right price range.
3. Collect your guests’ dietary restrictions. What will your guests eat? If you have guests with particular tastes or dietary restrictions (religious or otherwise), you’ll want to take those into account when planning your reception menu.
It’s ultimately your day, but you want to ensure that all of your guests are well-fed. While you don’t have to alter your entire menu to accommodate one person, it is gracious to make sure that there are some options they can eat. There’s always a handful of gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or pescatarian guests who forget to alert you to their allergies or preferences, so it’s thoughtful to include some hors d’oeuvres or a silent entrée option that checks off all of these boxes (i.e. a gluten-free and vegan dish).
4. Consider the cocktail hour. Believe it or not, this could impact your entire celebration. Is cocktail hour a precursor to dinner (small canapés) or as a hearty meal in itself (think passed hors d’oeuvres, sushi station, pasta bar, and a carving station). A long and heavy cocktail hour can mean fewer courses.