Planning your wedding can be one of the most daunting and exhausting experience you will ever go through. Of course you want the day to be perfect, go without any problems and give you time to enjoy the experience. Unfortunately due to the stress placed on brides for the perfect day, this is one of the most frustrating experiences they will ever go through.
Most brides start planning their special day a year in advance, this gives you time to make all the arrangements, book the venue, arrange wedding catering and invite your guests. There are some important factors to take into consideration when it comes to wedding catering, ensuring that you appeal to all your guests’ palettes and that everyone has an enjoyable meal that will be remembered for years to come.
The first thing to take into consideration when planning your wedding catering menu is to consider your guests. Who have you invited, what do they like and what type of food do you think is going to appeal to all of them. Of course variety is important, enabling all your guests to find something that they will enjoy eating. Remember you will have those that eat meat, you will have vegetarians and then you also have to consider those with allergies, such as gluten intolerance and other food allergies.
The next step is to consider the reception timeline. When planning your reception you will usually have some form of itinerary. This may be guests arriving to a glass of champagne, they will then be seated and speeches will be made. You may want to add a starter before the speeches to keep your guests happy. After the speeches you may want the main course, followed by the first dance and then dessert later on. Consider your timeline and then ensure the wedding catering you are considering can work to your timeline, reducing the risk of unwelcome delays throughout the event.
Focus on the type of meal you want. Do you want your guests to be seated and have table service? Do you prefer the idea of canapés and more relaxed atmosphere or do you prefer a buffet style, where guests can help themselves to the food that they prefer? There is no right or wrong, this is down to personal preference and what you want to include in your wedding catering menu on your magical day.
As with any wedding catering you need to have a set budget in mind. Reputable wedding catering companies should be able to work with your budget, coming up with a menu or ideas that caters to your guest’s requirements, while ensuring that you don’t exceed your budget on your wedding day. Having a set budget gives you something to work to when planning your menu, helping you identify what you can and cannot include on the day.
Consider the season you will be tying the knot. On a hot summer’s day, for a daytime wedding, a wedding catering menu that includes French crepes can be refreshing and light. Focus on the season, what fresh ingredients can be sourced and then decide on the menu you feel your guests will enjoy.
Remember that the venue you choose will also play a role when it comes to your wedding catering menu. You will need to identify if the venue has a kitchen, if they allow catering companies to cook on the premises or whether you need to simplify your menu to accommodate the venue.
Remember to choose a wedding catering company that has extensive experience in your area, a company that comes highly recommended that will provide you with the service that you can rely on and trust on your magical day.