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09 June 2014

Picking The Perfect Wedding Menu

Wedding MenuIt's your special day and you want everything to go perfectly. It is, after all, the start of your married life and the public celebration of your relationship with family and friends. Of the many things that need to be organized, from the venue and the flowers to the guest list and the wedding outfits, one matter also needs careful attention. The wedding menu can make a big difference to the celebrations and is something that your guests will remember. So, how do you go about making sure that the menu is just right? Here are a few things to keep in mind.

The Parameters of the Menu

For most of us, the sky is not the limit when it comes to wedding budgets. As such, the first thing to do is to work how many people are being catered for and what the budget for the menu is per head. This might dictate the type of wedding location that is chosen, based on a sit-down meal with waitress service, or a buffet so that people can help themselves. Also, if you have already chosen the venue, this may also influence the menu. Perhaps there is an in-house catering team and you have to use their services as part of the wedding package. Alternatively, you can negotiate to bring in your own caterer or do it yourself.

Going Through The Menu

Now it's time to start thinking about the nitty gritty of the meal. What is the theme or style of your wedding? If you're after a traditional affair, the chances are you might want to think about traditional foods. If you're having a Caribbean style occasion, then obviously the cuisine should also reflect this. Some people like to think about how the meal could be shared. For instance, meze for starters can sometimes encourage a newly introduced table of wedding guests to socialize. If you are liasing with a professional caterer, they may be able to guide you through their menu choices too. What about food preferences? Is any of your guests vegetarian? Do the children need a child-friendly alternative? Are there any allergies or suchlike to take into account? Weddings are often occasions when foods have to please a variety of tastes, across a whole range of age groups and it is worth bearing this in mind.

The Practice Run

Don't leave everything until the wedding day. If something is not right, it's too late to do anything about it. Try things out beforehand to make sure you are happy with your food choices. Ask to sample the caterer's dishes or, if you are preparing your own, try them out and take opinions of trusted family or friends. Perhaps you realize that the main course doesn't marry very well with the starter or that the dessert you have chosen is too heavy after the main course. This is a rather enjoyable 'wedding task' that both future spouses may enjoy doing together. Remember to try the wine too, to see how the dishes complement the drinks.

Refine

If there was anything that didn't suit your requirements, or your purse strings, refine your order before finalizing things. Remember to make arrangements for your wedding cake too. If you have given a lot of thought to the menu, planned it carefully and done a 'dry run', you will be able to rest and relax on the wedding day, knowing that you are happy with your choices.



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