Type of meal:
There are more options now for the type of wedding reception and meal served. From buffets, to family style, to plated 5 course sit-down meals, to marché stations of creative and interactive displays, the choices are endless! Consider your venue, the décor and the theme of your wedding when planning your menu, as well as the length, time of day, number of guests, and of course, your budget. TheKnot has a few helpful tips for planning a “ridiculously” delicious menu.
Make it personal: Think about your wedding theme and a way of incorporating your family’s Scottish background or his Portuguese ancestry. Maybe serving a mini version of Nana’s cherished rice pudding recipe, or the scrumptious poutine you had on your trip together to Montreal. Think about what you as a couple like and dislike, and then ask the chef to incorporate these unique and personal touches into the menu to make the day even more special.
Use what’s in season: Use locally sourced produce and what’s currently in season. Not only will the flowers be fresher, and the fruit and veggies tastier, they will be better quality, and in abundance.
A few key questions to ask your caterer are:
- How do you accommodate last minute guests after the host has already submitted a final headcount?
- When do you need a final headcount?
- What do you do with the left-over food?
- What does the wait staff wear (uniforms? Aprons? Tuxedos?)?
- What is the staff to guest ratio?
- As many people today, have either a gluten allergy, peanut allergy, are vegetarian, how do you accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions?
- May we schedule a tasting to try the dishes we plan to serve, and to how food is presented?
- Do you offer a children’s menu with smaller portions?