After the ceremony, your wedding guests are inevitably looking forward to
the food! As the bride and groom, it is your responsibility to make
sure your guests are happy and in a celebratory spirit, and after
sitting through your ceremony, they will be looking forward to the food.
So, what is the best route to take? The two primary options are to have
a buffet or menu.
If you opt for the menu, you're
looking to have a set menu of one or two options for the entree and
other courses. You have to have your choices in place when you send out
your invitations so your guests can RSVP their choices ahead of time and
your catering company can know how many of each dish to prepare. This
is a more efficient way of ensuring costs and sticking to a budget
because you are able to determine from RSVPs exactly how much food to
prepare. The caterer will only bring what was ordered, so there's less
chance of food waste. However, it will not save you from the worry of
having unexpected guests with no food to eat. With a catered menu, your
guests have the option of food choice, so there's less risk that someone
will be unsatisfied with what they are served. Catered dishes also
offer a visual element to the reception as well -- the food color,
texture, and placement on the plate can be designed to fit your wedding
theme or decor.
The biggest con of choosing this style of
menu is the limits of food that is available. Since the caterer will be
cooking only a certain amount, it is likely the serving size will be
limited. One way around this is to offer more than one course with the
meal, including salads, soups, and desserts.
alternative to a catered menu is the buffet style reception, and it
comes with many advantages. For one thing, guests are not limited to
only a couple different food options, but rather have a more varied
spread of food to choose from. Of course, those choices depend on what
you request, but in general, if enough variety is presented, it is
highly likely that your guests will find something they like to eat.
Also, there's less restriction on how much they can eat as well. Buffet
style menus can still fit within a themed wedding according to the kinds
of food that are offered, but will not generally ad any visual or
design elements. Also, there has to be a consideration of the time it
will take to service and seat everyone, and whether that should occur
before or during any speeches or reception activities take place.
Finally, there is the element of not knowing how much food to order. You
want to make sure that you will have enough without going overboard and
creating too much food waste.
Whichever option you
choose for your reception, the most important considerations are your
budget, the number of guests, and the overall eating experience you want
everyone to have at your wedding.