The preparations that are involved and managing to ensure all of the bells and whistles go off according to plan can be a challenge and at the center of all of this is the task of feeding your party guests.
But fear not!
This is a celebration and deciding which dishes will grace your guests’ plates can be exciting and fun, and by deciding on what your menu will feature ahead of time, proper planning with your catering company, and the proper mindset, deciding your culinary ambitions can be a rewarding process with gratifying results.
Mouthwatering dishes with memories to last a lifetime await. Don’t get caught up on one of the defining moments of your wedding. Follow our guide and in no time you’ll be able to create a proper menu-building strategy that will entice and delight your esteemed guests.
Designing the menu for your special day in and of itself can become a friction point for you and your partner.
It’s important to enjoy the journey and work together with each other and your caterer. Following these steps will create the framework needed to set up your culinary goals for success.
Ask Your Catering Company Questions
Before you even embark on this quest, it is important to ask your prospective catering company as many questions as possible to ensure you are both on the same page.
Food is beautiful but it is also a very complex subject. With so many flavor combinations available and the complications that food allergies and diet restrictions may bring, it is paramount to articulate a clear, concise vision of what you wish to achieve. In addition to dietary and overall taste preferences, speak to your wedding caterer about any and all religious objections and see if they are set up to accommodate such requirements.
Another great topic to explore is to find out what cuisines your particular catering company specializes in and equally as important, address exactly what style you will be expecting. We’ll get into choosing your courses with the following steps but knowing where your caterers specialize in may help you decide what needs to be executed.
Providing guidelines in a respectful, conducive manner will help everyone involved get on the same page from the beginning leading to better overall results.
Research Research Research
The good news is that there’s a good chance you’re already doing this if you are reading this blog.
Researching ideas that may have been executed already will not only give you additional ideas, but it may show what works and what doesn’t. Preparing ahead of time and definitively plotting out your ideas will help you and your caterer produce your ideas onto the plate.
Consider Your Wedding Guest List
This step goes beyond the actual numbers. Consider how your reception is going to go.
Do your friends and family sit and converse or is it all about the dancefloor?
Will your guests appreciate an endless sushi bar when most of your mom’s side is vegan?
At the end of the day, it is you and your significant other’s special day and it is your dreams that should be brought to life; however, by taking into consideration the tastes and expected style of your event will go a long way in helping you choose between things like buffet style or a multi-course meal.
Plan a Theme or Think Seasonally
When choosing the food for your wedding reception, ideas can hit a roadblock or two along the way and one of the greatest ways to gain inspiration is to consider what’s already around you.
Be mindful of the venue and create a theme that is centered around the space. Perhaps you and your partner are particular fans or a TV series or book series and can create dishes inspired by the media. Using your location or passions can help maximize your event and add a twist to your meal.
But it doesn’t end there. Seasonal dishes are a great way to provide your guests with an extra level of comfort and produce an exceptional meal.
Choosing your wedding menu will not be without its set of challenges, but it is a culinary adventure of a lifetime!
Even if you’re unsure of which direction to get started, The Hometown Chef is prepared to cook up a meal for you and your guests that they will not soon forget. The Hometown Chef offers private tastings in which the costs associated goes directly towards your invoice when you book your upcoming event.
Our immense collection of wedding venue partners, collaborative approach, the expansive nature of our culinary abilities, and a plethora of service options will have your wedding reception planning feeling like a piece of cake.
Chef Julio Avila and his team have been making dreams come through for the Houston area since 2011 and have the passion, knowledge, and experience to deliver mouthwatering bites with crowd-pleasing service for your special occasion. Call today to learn more, 832-304-1433!