One of the most memorable parts of a wedding is the dining part. Every wedding guest secretly hopes for amazing food. Planning the wedding menu is the part of the preparation process of your wedding. Peter Callahan, owner, creative director, and inventive caterer steps in to share his planning advice.
Here are the initial process to planning your wedding menu:
1. Consider your guest list. Sure, your celebration should include the foods you and your fiancé love, but remember you’re also hosts. Chances are, this might be the largest party you’ll ever be throwing. If you wish to cater to as many guests as possible, think about serving popular picks like filet of beef or a surf and turf option.
2. Envision your dream timeline. It’s important to think about the flow of your wedding and how long you’d like guests seated and eating dinner. The most common (and quickest) option is serving two courses seated, which could consist of something like a mushroom soup and the main course. If you’re not sure of timing, this is a helpful rule of thumb: A two course meal, with a welcome and brief speech, will generally take about 1.5 hours.
3. Consider the cocktail hour. Believe it or not, this could impact your entire celebration. Is cocktail hour a precursor to dinner or as a hearty meal in itself (think passed hors d’oeuvres, sushi station, pasta bar, and a carving station). A long and heary cocktail hour can mean fewer courses.
4. Be realistic about your budget. Now’s the time to weigh what’s really important to you and your fiancé. If fine dining is a must, then maybe you’d prefer to have a small wedding and an over-the-top dinner? Or if you’d rather invite more people, than perhaps you’ll cut back during cocktail hour or skip the pasta or soup course.
5. Pay attention to the season and setting. You may love butternut squash, but it might be unrealistic for the time of year you’ve selected to wed. Take advantage of the fresh, bountiful, in season (and local) flavors.
We hope these tips help you. Congratulations and best wishes to you!