- Category: Wedding |
- Published on Monday, 16 April 2012 14:40
Go over the menu provided by the site or the catering company.
Look at all the options and narrow it down based on price. If some of the entrees or options are completely out of your budget, just cross them out. Ask the coordinator about your choices, if you're allowed to select two or three options for guests, how the buffet works, vegetarian selections and so on.
Request a taste testing.
Schedule a date when you can come in and taste several items from the menu. Bring your future spouse, a wedding party member or a family member to help you. Taste each selection with an open mind, remembering everyone has different taste buds. Take note of what you liked and didn't care for in your wedding planning book.
Choose how you want the food to be served. This mainly depends on your budget, number of guests and wedding location/theme.
A formal, sit-down dinner is the most traditional reception fare, but it can also be the most expensive. As well as organising table settings for all your guests, you are likely to serve them three courses! Along with a well-planned menu, a sit-down dinner requires a number of waiting staff.
Of course there are many benefits of sitting down to a lovely dinner. Firstly, all your guests will have a set place to sit, so people who don't know many others won't feel left out. And, if you're having a large number of guests, a sit-down, silver service dinner can be significantly less chaotic than a buffet.
The fork buffet
Somewhere in between a formal, silver-service dinner, and a finger buffet is a fork buffet. This basically allows guests to help themselves to a variety of hot and/or cold food from a buffet, and then sit at a formal table setting to eat. It's a great idea -- allowing guests to have more of a decision in what they eat, but still retaining the formality of beautifully set tables and a seating plan.
Instead of a single buffet area, how about having various 'food stalls' Each of these could serve a different course, or a different type of food.
The finger buffet
With a finger buffet, guests don't require cutlery and are free to mingle and eat at the same time. The food might include things like tasty canapés, delicate sandwiches, individual pastries and dips. This is a less expensive option but there are certain things to consider. If you are having a relatively long day, it's not ideal to expect people to stand for the duration. Some people, especially more elderly guests, will want to sit while they eat, regardless of whether the food requires cutlery or not. A well-organised reception with a finger buffet should still offer some seating around tables for those who wish to rest their legs!
The most important thing is How something is cooked is significantly more important than your choice of menu. Choose a caterer you trust to create a beautifully cooked menu.
Create the perfect ambiance to serve your food to complete the effect!