Tips for Planning an Amazing Wedding Menu
If you ask any wedding guest what is it that impressed them or disappointed them the most at a particular event, most of them will point to the food! Luckily, here are a few tips on how to plan your wedding menu to keep everyone satisfied, full, happy and impressed.
Don’t be too late
The key to a good wedding menu is the right wedding caterer, and the right caterers are very busy. So, unless you’re okay with settling for the second best, book your perfect caterer quite early. Try to aim for 10 to 12 months in advance to avoid disappointment. Also, don’t forget to have a tasting!
What’s your wedding style?
If you envisioned your wedding to be focused on the dinner and conversation, you can create a very formal sit-down meal with multiple appetizers, main courses and desserts. On the other hand, if you expect your guests to dance, mingle and party, opt for something less complicated. Appetizers, finger food and even fast food options may be perfect for you. This way, your guests will be able to grab a quick bite before returning to the dance floor!
Making sure the products are fresh will take your wedding menu from tasty to absolutely delicious! There’s no way your salad can have the same juiciness in February and June, so try to pick meals that require ingredients that are in season around your wedding date. Also, for the best and freshest taste, opt for regionally grown veggies and fruit and locally raised animals. If you order lamb New Zealand lamb for your UK wedding, your meat will never be as fresh as british-raised lamb!
Don’t neglect your drinks
Most couples pay so much attention to their food choices that they completely neglect the drinks! However, you can impress your guests with a nice drink variety just as much as you can blow their minds with a magical main course. So, make sure to spare no penny on getting quality spirits and wines. Australians are especially particular about their drinks, so don’t just serve whatever! For instance, try to contact a local winery from Melbourne and you’ll get only the best wine at a very affordable price. You’ll get to choose from a variety of white and red wines and even Proseccos and liquors! Of course, don’t forget about designated drivers and provide plenty of non-alcoholic drink options too!
Add a personal touch to your wedding meal
If you want your menu to really inspire with its uniqueness, then you have to tell a story. See if your caterer is willing to create meals that signify your relationship and all the special moments that led to your wedding. For instance, you can serve wine that comes from the winery where you had your first date, traditional cuisine from your first vacation destination as a couple or a version of your favorite meal to prepare together. A menu with such a romantic story behind it will certainly wow your guests!
Be generous with portions
There’s no way your guests can feel comfortable and ready to party when they’re still hungry. So, don’t skimp on portions! Make sure to inform your caterer about the exact number of guests. This will also ensure you can feed your guests in case of any unforeseen event.
Make something for every guest
A perfect crowd-pleaser of a menu has something for everyone—carnivores, vegetarians, gluten-free guests and those with allergies. So, let your guests state their diet requirements and try to respect them. However, make sure to state them to your caterer well in advance to avoid any unpleasantness and hungry guests!
A wedding menu that’s well-planned, unique and personalised will leave your guests’ eyes in wow and bellies full all throughout the night!