Wedding Reception Food
Planning your wedding reception food is a big deal since the food
that is served to your guests is the highlight of the event. Your guests
are going to come to your reception prepared to eat a really great
meal. So you need to take the following items into consideration when it
comes to planning the meal for your reception.
The venue where you choose to have your event may limit your wedding reception food options.
- Hotel or Banquet Facility. A caterer is already on site so you need
to make sure that you like the food offered at these facilities before
they are booked.
- Rent a hall and pick your own caterer. You choose your caterer based
on the food that they provide but you need to make sure that they are
insured (a requirement for most hall rentals). Some caterers will drop
off the food if you provide your own servers. This way the kitchen does
not have to be used.
- Rent a hall and make the food yourself. This is the least expensive
option. You need to find out if you can use the kitchen or if you need
to make the food ahead of time.
If you would really like to make your own reception food it can definitely be done.
Make sure that you cook as much food as possible ahead of time. And if possible try to designate someone who is not a parent of the couple or member of the bridal party to oversee the wedding day execution.
The added stress of doing the food yourself instead of having a caterer can really put a damper on your day.
For more wedding food ideas we recommend that you visit Party Recipes and Ideas for a detailed guide on catering your own wedding reception.
- Brunch or Lunch. A lighter menu offered earlier in the day and is normally less expensive than a dinner.
- Formal Reception.
- Cocktail Hour. This gives you time to take pictures and relax before the party and gives your guests
something to nibble on as they wait for the wedding reception food.
- You can have a very lavish set up with meat, seafood, sushi, pasta,
cheese, and fruit and vegetable stations as well as passed hors
- You can have a room set up with hors d'oeuvres passed around by
servers as well as stations that have a variety of hot and cold hors
- Hors d'oeuvres could just be passed around in the main banquet room while your guest wait for you to arrive.
Dessert Reception. Least expensive option with only dessert and
beverages offered to your guest. It is also normally shorter than a
normal reception and does not include dancing.
- Traditional sit-down dinner where the guests are served platted
meals. You should offer your guest their choice of an entree and give a
count of each entree choice to your caterer at least a week before the
- Buffet. Not as formal as a sit-down dinner but gives your guests a nice selection of food from which to choose.
Wedding Reception Food Options
There is a variety of food available to serve to your guests.
- Traditional Banquet. This includes different types of beef, chicken and seafood. You may also choose a few starches and vegetables.
- Cultural and Ethnic. If you enjoy eating certain types of food that are related to your background then you can choose to have those foods served.
- Unique offerings. There are several chefs that are known for
creating menus that are beyond the ordinary. You can choose to use the
services of those chefs to create something special for your day.
There may be people that are attending your reception but require a different meal than the rest of your guests.
- Allergies. You may want to have a "safe" meal available for
your guests that might be allergic to anything that you have chosen to
serve including seafood, dairy products, nuts, gluten and some spices.
- Vegetarians. You may want to give your guests the
option of a vegetarian meal.
- Diabetic. If you have a menu that is full of sugar, rich
sauces, and creams then you may want to ask your caterer if they have
something suitable for guests with diabetes.
- Children's Menu. Most kids do not want to eat the "fancy"
food that is on your menu. So may want to offer them a child's menu with
chicken nuggets, french fries, hotdogs, spaghetti or other items that
your young guests would enjoy.
You should take all of these things into consideration when you are deciding on your wedding reception food.
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