Choosing the right wedding menu!
We are a family run restaurant and over the summer we hold a large number of weddings, the rest of our year is filled with enquiries and questions. The most frequent questions asked are about food! This month we are discussing what to consider when choosing your wedding food.
We hold around 120 events a year and appreciate that there isn’t a one size fits all. There are so many things to consider when planning your wedding but your food and drink don’t only fuel your wedding, they also add personality and style.
From the serving style and the number of guests to the canapes with your drinks reception, every decision you make will impact on cost; establishing a budget early on will help you stay on track. Whatever your budget is we always tell couples to add another 10% as you will always go over!
When looking at a venue always ask if they offer a wedding tasting menu because it is important to try and test before you put the dishes in front of your guests. What sounds good on paper may not taste like you imagined!
Find Your Number
Your guest list and budget will help determine your menu. Establish what is a priority, is it to have an impressive spread? Then, consider limiting the list. If you can’t imagine your wedding without 100 of your closest friends (not to mention every family member — and that’s not even counting your partner’s guests), you might want to cut costs in creative ways e.g. offering a pasta bar or a hog roast!
Consider Dietary Restrictions and Allergies
Usually, every wedding will have about 10% of guests with a dietary requirement. Whether you have gluten-free guests, people who don’t eat meat or someone with a peanut allergy, talk with your caterer about these challenges well in advance. If our chef hears about a gluten-free diet or an allergy as they are playing up, it can slow down the whole service.
Settle on a Style
Do you want your wedding meal to be the focus of the night? Then opt for a sit-down meal with multiple courses. Is music the main event? Pick a less formal dining style and menu, like a hog roast or BBQ, so guests aren’t weighed down by a big meal and can grab a bite before hitting the dance floor. Quite often with a sit-down meal all guests will have to have the same food so you will have to think about typical dishes that will please the masses. Although you might like fish do you think 60 of your guests will? If you are struggling with this idea and want your guests to have more of a selection then it is definitely worth considering a buffet.
Add Personal Touches
Share the story of your relationship through your menu by serving dishes inspired by special moments, memories or things you love to do together (think: serving craft beer made in the city where you met, chateaubriand as it reminds you of your first date together).
Don’t Skimp on Portions
There is nothing worse than a buffet that runs out of food before all your tables have been served. Be honest about your final numbers. Not having enough food at the reception is a surefire way to leave an impression on your guests, but not a good one. While it’s true that caterers may bring 10 percent extra food, that doesn’t mean you should count on there being extra. The extra food is a buffet for unexpected surprises, and they staff according to your number, so it’s always best to be accurate.
I hope you have found this blog useful, if you have any questions about choosing the right wedding menu or you are interested in finding out more about the weddings we offer please contact our events manager, Alex email@example.com or give her a call on 07789-002639.
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