Planning a wedding menu can be confusing. The first thing you need to do is to set a budget. Don’t simply go to a caterer and fall for tempting options without fixing your budget or you are destined to doom otherwise. Make sure the caterer is well aware of your pre-fixed budget before he puts anything forth you. Take quotes. Ask questions. And only then decide and appoint your guy.
Following are some questions that you should ask your caterer before making a contract:
- Which starters are the least expensive?
- What would be cheaper— a buffet or a seated dinner?
- If I can provide my own liquor?
- Which one is less expensive— serving only wine and beer or offering a full bar?
- Are food and drinks combined on one bill?
Below are some of the tips that would help you plan a wedding menu on a set budget:
- A seated dinner is expensive. From the tables and chairs to other arrangements, a seated plan would cost you much more than a buffet dinner. Also, ask the attendees to forego wedding gifts in favor of bringing a dish.
- An open bar during the cocktail hour is just perfect. For the dinner use serve the guests with some inexpensive wine.
- Confirm how many among your invitees would be able to make up to your wedding. This would proffer you to provide an exact count to the caterer.
- Forget the by the book starters. Vegetables, fruits and meat platters with dips, or a soup and salad menu are equally good for entrees.
- Limit their bar rights. Make it open only during precise times such as the cocktail hour, while raising the toast and such other instances. At other times you can make it a cash bar.
- Continental appetizers instead of a meal would be a better alternative. Make the food menu an international one with platters such as shrimps, fried plantains, quesadillas, jerk pork, lettuce wraps or won tons are a great replacement for the regular meal packs. This is in fact a fun way to tease your guests’ taste buds with a variety of flavors.
- Don’t hesitate, as a few of your friends or relatives to help serve food and wine as a wedding gift. This will save you all the money which otherwise you would have paid to the waiters and bartenders.
- Opt for a casual outdoor reception which provides the freedom to serve anything you want like barbecue or meals buffet-style.
- You don’t need to invite everyone. Keep the list short; invite only those who are close to you. There is no point as to why you should invite everyone whom you have met until now.
When planning the wedding menu, make sure that you cater to the needs of your guests, especially those on special diets, vegetarians, and children. There is nothing more appreciable than a fulfilling dinner. So, try and make sure everything goes well. Good luck!