You might be hiring caterers for your wedding or you could be going with the venue’s catering options. Whichever you choose, you’re going to need to make a decision about what to serve your wedding guests on the day so here are five tips to help you choose the right menu option for your guests.
1. HOW MANY COURSES
Most people opt for three courses but you don’t have to. If you get chance to go to a wedding in Italy, you’ll be amazed at how many courses are served. It seems to be a never ending procession of food with people wandering around and dancing between courses. But when you think about it, we actually eat quite a lot at a British wedding when you add in the canapés, evening hotdogs and the cake, of course. With this in mind you could opt for fewer than three courses, especially if you want people to dance at your wedding. Remember guests loaded with food are more likely to laze about than hit the dance floor. The Off To Wed verdict is that two courses are fine.
2. IT’S OK TO SERVE CAKE AS THE DESSERT
Hell yeah, it’s fine to serve cake as a desert. It’s your wedding day, have your cake and eat it. Remember that serving the wedding cake as your dessert this will have an impact on the two preceding courses, it might be better to keep them light.
3. FINE DINING OR RELAXED EATING
Why use three different forks when you can go hands and face first with a burger. Relaxed food has become more popular of the years and it’s fun, fish & chips, pie and mash but this doesn’t mean that you have to slob out. This is a special occasion so even if you do go for the relaxed option you’ll still want a little gentrification, which means eating from plates instead of newspaper.
4. THINK OF THE SEASON
When you go for your tasting don’t forget to think about the season. Big old roast dinners are okay in the colder seasons but come high summer your guests wont enjoy wading through gravy. And the same is true in the winter, a salad just won’t cut it, you’ll need some steaming hot dishes to keep people satisfied.
5. LISTEN TO THE CHEF
As with all wedding planning the trick is to listen to the experts. Give the chef a little direction, tell him or her what sort of dishes and flavours you like and see what your chef recommends. Have a bit of an open mind and give some thought to any suggestions received.
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