Want to impress your wedding guests with a feast fit for a king? Few things will affect your big day more than what you choose to serve (or where you choose to serve it). That’s why modern brides and grooms know better than to serve their friends and family bland chicken or lukewarm steak. Instead they’re opting for fun, fresh, seasonal and local foods that are sure to set their wedding apart, and fuel guests for late night dancing marathons, Chicken Dance totally optional. Wondering where to start in planning your wedding menu, though? Here are some of our favorite points of inspiration, and you can trust us, since we know a thing or two about weddings.
Give Them Something to Talk About
Long after many guests have forgotten the song from your first dance, or whether you wore a gold or platinum wedding ring, they could still be giving friends rave reviews about the food. After all, the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, right?
Wow guests with exciting options, that make boring fish and chicken dinners a thing of the past, once and for all.
What’s for Dinner?
- If you and your groom have a favorite dish, why not start there? Whether that’s what you ordered on your first date, or your mother’s beloved meatloaf recipe, think outside the box and begin your catering search, looking for similar flavor profiles.
- Remember, nothing says wedding food has to be fancy. It just needs to be delicious!
- Is your fondest memory the time you tried a new, exotic food on a romantic vacation? Bring those flavors to your wedding, by hiring a caterer that excels at bringing authentic flavor stateside.
- Sometimes your favorite food is about the emotion it conveys, rather than the meal itself. If this is the case, focus in, first, on how you want to make guests feel, and then consult caterers that fit the bill. For instance, if you’re hosting a fall wedding when you love nothing more than to chow down on chili and cornbread, talk to a caterer about creating true, homey comfort food. This could mean a chili bar, complete with all the fixins’, or it could mean elevated mac and cheese (hello truffle oil and pancetta!), and other comfort food favorites.
- For foodie couples and friends, be sure to base your plates around what’s in season and available locally. This can help create a one-of-a-kind menu, but it’s also a responsible (and affordable) way to plan a wedding menu.
- If you are unfamiliar with the restaurants and catering companies where you’ll be getting married, be sure to talk to your wedding venue’s coordinator. Many venues provide recommended vendor lists that can be extremely helpful narrowing the field to the best possible candidates (and fits) for your big day.
- Let your coordinator know what kind of food, or feel, you’re trying to create, and your search will become extremely focused, making the rest of menu planning a breeze!