Selecting a wedding menu can be a daunting task if you have never attempted much more than a family dinner. Think of your menu as a way to thank all your guests for participating in your special day. Careful planning is necessary, but it also can be really fun. Here are some common questions to consider.
Does your wedding theme suggest a menu? If you are planning an ocean side party in Oak Harbor, consider a sea-inspired menu. Grilled salmon, garden fresh salads and berry-based desserts would support your theme and provide a delicious meal. Flaming barbeques complete with buffalo burgers or steaks will add to the country feeling for a western wedding in Richland. A qualified caterer will be able to supply you with creative menus to highlight your chosen theme.
How large is your wedding? If you plan on an intimate affair of fifty guests or less, you might think about a more elaborate wedding feast. Serving a smaller group is easier for waitstaff and plated foods from a kitchen lends a more formal touch. If you are planning for a larger wedding, a buffet might make better sense. For an elegant, evening wedding, you may want to provide waiters strolling through an open area with trays of finger foods and beverages. Ask potential caterers for their suggestions for serving your guests.
What is your budget? Catering can eat up a large part of your wedding finances. While it would be wonderful to serve prime rib for three hundred, most couples find that the price is a bit steep. Look for alternatives if you have your heart set on a savory, but pricey menu. If you can't afford salmon steaks, think about a salmon appetizer instead. Also, most caterers offer an à la carte service which may help you trim expenses. If the reception location can provide all the linens, service pieces and place settings, you may be able to afford more food choices.
To help you answer these, and the million other questions which are going to pop up, plan on spending some quality time looking for the right caterer. Many websites such as Sophie's Island BBQ offer listings of the services they offer as well as special events they participate in. Local fairs and events would be an excellent chance to sample a caterer's specialty. Your other bridal vendors, such as a wedding planner or cake specialist, will have some recommendations for you. Your reception site will also have plenty of suggestions on quality caterers they have worked with in the past. Be sure to taste the food from any caterer you will be considering. Get references from clients who hosted a party similar in size to yours. You will want to be sure the seafood pasta salad tastes as good when made for 100 guests as it does when made for ten.
Hiring a caterer can be a bit nerve wracking. Plan to approach this part of your wedding with plenty of time to discover all the talents and specialties in your area. If you choose your caterer carefully, you can check worrying about the food off your wedding planning list.