Choosing your wedding menu starts with the type of dinner that you are planning for your guests. Remember that experienced catering services will have set up plenty of wedding menus, so you will want to use their expertise in these situations. However, it will most often come down to your budget and the number of guests that are being served.
Types of Wedding Menu Settings
For weddings that are outdoors and more informal, the bar-b-que setting may be the perfect choice. You do not have to go with a traditional American bar-b-que food selection, but rather light choices that are perfect for the afternoons. This is the type of menu that is best for budget weddings and for smaller groups of guests as large affairs tend to become messy. It’s also best in the catering service has a cook tent to minimising going from indoors to outdoors.
This is one of the most common types of dinners and perfect for late-morning, early-afternoon weddings. The menu will consist of dishes like fruit platters, muffins, and even omelets which makes things simple, however buffet-style servings are not well suited for lots of guests. Plus, it can be quite expensive if you have hungry guests.
If you are on a budget and your wedding is in the evening, this is a great way to save money. The menu will consist of hors d’oeuvres and wine or other alcoholic drinks and is very well suited for weddings with hundreds of guests. A cocktail party works well in the evenings well after your guests have had their own dinner.
A traditional sit-down dinner is often very budget-friendly because the catering service will know exactly how much food to serve as opposed to buffet-type courses. Here, the wedding menu can focus on simple dinner preparations that are well suited for clubs, ballrooms, or even at the catering facility. Plus, a sit-down dinner is the perfect way to serve wine.
Remember, unless you have a very large budget, your menu will be more successful by limiting it to a few favourite foods rather than trying to please everyone. Choose a dish that virtually everyone likes and offer only a few side items.
The same goes for drinks as you will be more successful with one or two types of drinks or wine rather than setting up a wedding bar. Naturally, you should have plain water available as well for the universal alternative to the drinks being provided.
Hors d’oeuvres are the one area where you will want to diversify and offer plenty of choices if possible. Guests love bite-size meals that hors d’oeuvres represent so you can offer ample variety that appeals to many different tastes.
When it comes to your wedding menu, be sure to work closely with the catering service so that you get the most out of the money that is spent. By sticking to a good, solid menu, you can please your guests and stay within your budget.