Aside from the bride, the groom, and the wedding cake, the food is a very important part of the wedding reception. Of course, everyone is there to celebrate your big day, but they are anxious to see what is on the menu when they get to the reception venue. They came, they saw, and then they want to be fed.
So here are your choices:
You can opt for a simple wedding menu or you can go a bit more detailed and sophisticated. You can serve a four course meal to all of your guests or you can go about matters buffet style. It is entirely up to you. Nonetheless, you will need to look at the type of wedding you are having and your budget. For instance, you may not necessarily want to serve sushi if you are having a western themed wedding. Now if your wedding is one that can be compared to the royal weddings of the past, you may want to consider caviar and the like. However, you do need to consider your guests. If most come from a rural area where steak and potatoes is the delicacy of choice, they may not fancy foods that are extremely foreign to them.
But how exactly do you choose a wedding menu?
Consider the Types of Wedding Menus
Before you can choose the food, you have to consider how you want your guests served. Do you want them served by a wait staff? This is very traditional and elegant, but it is expensive, especially if not part of a wedding package or reception venue.
Next is the family style reception. This is where the guests are seated, but they serve themselves from communal plates on the table. This gives the family dinner table feel and allows individuals at the tables to communicate with one another. In other words, they are forced to mingle. However, the picky eater or the person with a dietary restriction may have a harder time with this. However, you can consider choices that cater to many dietary restrictions.
You can go for buffet style, which is something that people absolutely love. Fewer servers are required and it is more affordable to have. Guests also have a choice. Perhaps you can have an Italian buffet or one with different types of meats. There are many possibilities here and you can accommodate a number of different dietary choices.
If none of these work for you, you can get creative. Maybe you want to adhere to your personal taste and try something like brunch or all desserts. Maybe you want to have a buffet of nothing but foods that normally serve as appetizers so the guests have a choice. It is your celebration, so it is entirely up to you.
Choosing the Food
When choosing a wedding menu, strongly consider your wedding theme. A spring wedding may warrant salads, fruits, and other foods that represent spring. The same can be said for summer, but you could add foods that are typically had at cookouts. Finger sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, potato salad, macaroni salad, and other such foods can work well and can typically be served up buffet style.
If you wish for your guests to be served, choose a variety of menu choices so that your guests can have a choice. If you want to cut costs and time as much as possible, you can advise your guests of the menu choices on the RSVP card and have them circle what they want so that the caterers know exactly how much to make and who it is going to. This is where a seating chart can come in very useful. The guests sit down and the correct food choice is brought to them without them having to say a word.
If you like seafood, you can have a seafood buffet or have it served to your guests. If you are a big fan of breakfast and your wedding is early in the day, many people like brunch. You can serve bacon, eggs, sausage, grits, biscuits, gravy, and so much more. You can have it set up buffet style and that will excite your guests. Just make sure you have plenty of bacon since there is a good chance there will be a lot of bacon fans at your reception.
At The Crystal Room, we have wedding packages that can be implemented at our premier wedding venue that includes the wedding menu. To learn about how we can make your special day perfect, call us at 508-478-7800 or fill out our contact form today.