Planning a wedding can be stressful at times as there is a lot you have to take care of so as to ensure your big day is a success. One of the crucial parts of the wedding is the menu and as such it is important that you give it some thought. Given that people have different tastes when it comes to food, accommodating everyone will be a challenge but you can try and have a variety so that all guests can enjoy their meal. Here are a few guidelines to help decide on the best wedding menu.
Type of menu and meal structure
There are various types of menu that you can pick from for your big day. You can decide to have your guests to sit down for the meal, cocktail reception type of menu or even a buffet. Take your time and think in the best menu and while at it, figure out the foods to be served and the meal structure.
Who will be in attendance?
Your wedding guests are the main reason you are doing this and as such, it is imperative that you take them into account when planning your menu. Serve what you know majority of the guest will eat and if you know people who take special meals, inform your planner or reception venue in good time so that they prepare special food for them. Still on the guests, bear in mind that some people are allergic to some foods or certain ingredients. Other’s could be diabetic or with stomach ulcers; always try to find out as much as you can about those who’ll attend the weddning.
At the end of the day, what you have in the pocket will greatly influence the type of menu you go for. Think about what you are willing and able to spend and plan around that. You can talk with a caterer or management at the wedding venue to find out how much different types of menu cost before you decide. With careful planning you can spend less and still have food that your guests will enjoy.
Should you include cocktail hour?
If you are willing to spend a little bit more you can include cocktails. Here you can either go for a simple cocktail hour or more complex one. The key to having fun this hour is ensuring you have enough comfort and fun foods.
Decide on the theme
You can either go for foods that are commonly served in your area or make things a bit interesting by going for a theme from elsewhere. For instance you can pick a theme from Asia and have the food prepared nicely for your guest. Done right, such a move will leave a lasting impression on your guests. Also do not forget to include dessert.
Planning a wedding menu is not hard provided you take time and decide what you want, how much you are willing to spend and the kind of guests you expect.