Wedding Menu Planning
By Sher Matsen
Youve got most of your wedding plans in place, that
is except for the wedding menu planning. So where to start?
The first thing you must determine is how much of your
wedding budget is going to be used for the menu. The menu includes both food and drink.
Once youve decided that you can move forward to the planning stage.
Next you will need to decide if you are going to have your
friends and family help you prepare the food or if you are going to have the meal catered.
If you can afford to hire a catering service, I recommend it! By using a caterer you leave
your friends and family free to enjoy your special day.
Not everyone can afford or wants a caterer. If you decide
to prepare your own meal, then you need to figure out what you will serve and if it fits
your budget. You will need to modify and revise to you are within your budget and
satisfied with the menu for your reception meal.
You will need to make sure you have accommodated the food
needs of all your guests. Some may have food allergies, or be a vegetarian. A good way to
collect this information is to have them note it in their RSVP.
You have various options on how you serve the dinner. Here
are some suggestions:
Buffet style has become quite popular, and very cheap to
do. Ask each guest to bring a dish rather than a wedding gift. Youll have a
marvelous mix of foods with something to please everyone.
For small informal wedding or beach weddings platters have
become very popular supply a mix of vegetable, fruit, cheese, and meat platters.
Put several varieties of crackers on smaller platters along with dip. Everyone can help
themselves and mingle enjoying their time together.
You can do a soup and salad bar, with 20 or 30 different
style salads, and 3 or 4 different soups. Add some buns, crackers, and perhaps some finger
foods such as deli meats, chicken wings, or shrimp.
You also have various options for how you handle the bar
and drinks. Drinks can become a major expense. After all your guests are there to party
and have a good time. Heres some popular methods to limit your costs.
An ethnic theme always goes over well on a wedding menu.
Offer different appetizers from around the globe rather than a full meal. Add some basics
such as cheese sticks, or chicken wings to make sure there is something everyone will eat.
Dont make really strange foods, stick with more common foods that people wont
be scared to try. So no chocolate coated ants unless youve got a very brave group of
Have your family members each create one of the family
favorites such as lasagna or cabbage roles. In our house my potato salad is requested for
every get together be it birthday, anniversary, or wedding. Everyone has a fave dish that
someone in the family makes. A cheap meal with the best of foods!
If you are having an outdoor wedding the menu choices are
much more flexible. Serve hamburgers and hotdogs with salads. Pizza or those huge party
submarines are also great choices.
Offer a limited bar which is only open at certain times,
such as through dinner and during the toasting. For the balance of the reception offer a
cash bar. That way guests pay for their own drinks.
Give each guest 3 or 4 tickets for drinks at the bar.
After that they have to pay for their own drinks.
If at all possible dont pay for a bartender or
server. Ask a friend or someone from your family to do it, rather than buying a wedding
gift. Check with your local authorities to make sure this is allowed.
Supply only the wine or the champagne on the table and let
guests purchase their own drinks.
Supply only wine and beer and have guests purchase hard
liquor drinks or don't even offer them.
Your guests are at your wedding to see you.
Gone are the days were a large full course meal is expected. Although still done at larger
more formal weddings, more creative meals have become very popular and enjoyed by all.
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