Tips for Choosing the Right Menu for Your Wedding

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You’re engaged. The easy part of dating and falling in love is over and the hard part begins: planning the wedding. There are a few very difficult aspects to planning the wedding—like choosing the dress and venue—but a more difficult and often-overlooked aspect of the wedding is choosing the food for the reception. There are many things that determine whether or not your guests will enjoy your reception, and the food is a big one. Here are a few tips to figuring out what you’d like to serve at your wedding.

Theme and Style

The biggest thing that will determine your food is the theme of your wedding. If you are going for a black tie affair, you’ll probably want the food to be just as dressy as the people. But, if you are trying for a rustic feel, you should have a more relaxed menu. Once you determine which style you want your wedding to be, the food should come naturally. Your caterer should also be able to help you by telling you what he can or can’t do.

Food Service Type

Another major thing to determine is what type of reception will you hold. Do you want a buffet? Hors d’oeuvres? A plated dinner? All of these can fit with a type of reception, but all have different benefits. With a buffet, you offer your guests a choice, but you do need to be aware of coming back for seconds. You may need a lot more food for this type as opposed to a plated dinner. Hors d’oeuvres are great for a budgeted dinner and will work well for large groups of people that are more into drinking and dancing than sitting and eating a full meal. A plated dinner can sometimes be less expensive than a buffet, but equally as nice, if not more so, but it will make the reception longer, and will limit interactions between tables.

Keep it Simple

Remember, you won’t want anything over-complicated to mess up your wedding day. Choose something simple and something that you and your future husband love!

 

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