Planning your wedding menu can seem like a lot of work-and it is; which is why many people rely on the most traditional options.
Many weddings feature a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a three-course meal. The dinner usually begins with a first course, soup and/or salad, followed by the entree (typically beef, chicken or fish, though it is customary to offer vegetarian options, too). This is served alongside vegetables and another side dish like rice or potatoes. All of this precedes dessert, which may be the wedding cake, or a separate option altogether.
There’s a reason this has been dubbed traditional, as it works very well. However, if you have something else in mind for your special day, be sure to discuss the changes you want to make with your caterer. Not all wedding caterers are comfortable branching off into uncharted territory, but this is never an issue for Food For Thought’s inventive catering team.
At Food For Thought, we believe your wedding menu should reflect your personality. It’s the perfect time to add special touches to your celebration and share what you enjoy most with your guests. For example, if you and your fiancé are mutual fans of Mediterranean cuisine, you might think to include chickpea salad and stuffed grape leaves. Or perhaps you love cheese almost as much as you do your betrothed; think fondue and mini gourmet cheeseburgers.
If you want to support a local farmers market; ask your caterer to choose the freshest fruits for a tart fruit salad with vinaigrette dressing from their location. Maybe your wedding is taking place on the beach, so you would prefer a seafood-centered menu. Whatever it is, planning your menu begins by recalling what foods you love most. Don’t be afraid to customize.
Remember the Details
If your wedding is taking place in the heart of summer, don’t expect your guests to crave dark wines and roast chicken; light fare and beverages will be more fitting. Food For Thought always takes these details into account, using in-season ingredients to create every plate.
Also, consider your venue, and the kitchen space that will be available to your caterer. The more equipment that has to be brought in for food preparation, the higher the cost.
Finally, you should always keep in mind which serving style will work best at your wedding. The food will be somewhat dictated by this, and vice versa. Are you considering self-serve buffet options, or do you want guests to be served at their tables? Various dishes and cuisines will suit your chosen serving method better than others. Our catering specialists at Food For Thought can help you decide what options are best for you. Reach out to us today to get started on planning your perfect wedding menu.