Planning a wedding is a, well, interesting time for many couples who want to make sure it goes down in their memory as a great day rather than one they would rather forget.
While there is everything from the dress to the venue to think about, for many couples who are planning to marry, the biggest issue comes from an odd place- the menu for the reception!
With so many food options that are available and with a large guest list, it can be hard to know how to tick every box.
So, how can you make sure that everyone who attends your wedding day is happy with what is on offer?
OK, so if you have a wedding menu that is more like a buffet, this may not be as important. Although, nibbles, in general, are always good to have.
Wedding reception catering packages will often provide a range of different appetizers for you to choose from. Whether it is cheeses, quiches, savory tarts, or cocktails made from shrimp and salmon, you should aim to provide a range of different options, especially if you have guests who are vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, or allergic to dairy. Make sure all of them are labeled too.
When it comes to prepping a menu for a wedding, you need to make sure that, much like the appetizers, there is something for everyone.
If you have a set menu, this can be harder, hence why so many people opt for buffets instead. So, what do you have at your wedding buffet?
With meats, aim for things like pork, lamb, beef, and, of course, chicken, as well as seafood if the budget allows. For your vegan and vegetarian guests, it is worth looking into faux meat options, which can help them to feel more included in the festivities. There are also salads to add to your wedding reception too, such as Caesar salad, Caprese salad, and Waldorf salad.
So, this is where you can really crack out the veg!
There are tonnes of options for vegetable sides, such as grilled veg like red peppers, asparagus, and eggplant. Of course, be sure to have an array of different rice and/or portions of pasta. Also, make sure there is a vinaigrette and sauces to go with the sides, or they may appear dry and unappealing.
No wedding is complete without a cake.
However, in the last few years, the traditional stacked wedding cake has gone out of fashion in lieu of more interesting options. Indeed, it is not seen as a fun alternative to have a muffin stand that is full of different muffin flavors in place of a cake.
This can help to cater to many of your guests without forfeiting the cake altogether. You can have a section dedicated to gluten-free cakes, vegan cakes, nut-free, sugar-free, and, well, whatever else is needed.
As before, just make sure that all of these areas are labeled so no one gets their food mixed up!