Bringing Your Personality Into Your Wedding Menu

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Wedding food is not always the tastiest, but it doesn't have to be that way! Choosing your wedding menu can be a daunting task, and we understand you want your guests to be full and happy before jumping on the dance floor. To help you accomplish this, we are sharing ways in which you can put your personality into your wedding food. When your guests can connect the newlywed couple to your menu, they will be more likely to enjoy it and rock the electric slide. 


THE LAID BACK COUPLE

The laid back couple are the pair who would rather be hanging out at home, enjoying a beer, and grilling than trying the newest Mexican restaurant in the city. To help bring this personality into the menu, try serving finger foods, BBQ, and comfort foods. Even install a personal tap wall with the couple's favorite brews to share with guests!


THE COUPLE THAT LOVES TO DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

For the couple that could dance all night long, serve food tapas or appetizer style. This way food can be eaten in quick courses or freely by guests when hungry. This is also a great way to showcase a wide variety of cuisine. Have an app station with fish, one with veggies, one that's Italian or Indian. There are endless food combinations and styles that fit with this menu design!


THE COUPLE THAT COVETS MICHELIN STARS

For the couple that loves dining out at five-star restaurants try a menu that comes in multiple courses with a refined taste. Look for a caterer who puts effort into every detail on every plate. Tailor the menu to one type of cuisine and focus on making every course more delicious than the next. Finish with individual desserts like crème brûlée or tiramisu, or serve everyone a slice of your wedding cake. 


THE COUPLE THAT TRULY LOVES FAST FOOD

For the couple that loves their Taco Bell or Chick-Fil-A, consider using these companies to cater your dinner. Or consider having a pizza bar where guests can choose however many types of pizza they want! It may not be the fanciest dinner, but everyone will be sure to enjoy and it will be memorable. Your guests will love how true to yourself you are and who doesn't enjoy greasy fries with their open bar?


The Everyday Girl's Solution to Wedding Receptions: Cocktail Hour!

In the last couple of years, more and more brides have skipped the traditional route and opted for a casual buffet in lieu of a pricey sit down meal at their receptions. It sounds great in theory, but even buffets tend to break the bank. You have to account for people wanting seconds or thirds, there needs to be seemingly endless amounts of everything, and it’s easy for the food budget to spiral out of control. If you’re planning a wedding, keep your own budget in check by going even more non-traditional with a simple cocktail hour menu!

Choosing a cocktail hour style for your reception menu is an increasingly popular trend among brides. Let’s be real - not everyone has the financial capabilities of throwing a ritzy, black-tie affair with a three-course meal served to each guest. But the good news is you can still have an extravagant reception - just ditch the fancy courses! Save some money in the food department and assign it to the drink budget instead. Focus on creating some drinks with flair instead of channeling all your energy into perfecting the menu! If you’re having a ton of guests, chances are they’d prefer some delicious cocktails or an open bar over a heavy meal that’ll keep them off the dance floor. You’ll still serve up some jaw-dropping appetizers that’ll have your guests feel like guests at the most lavish affair imaginable, but on an everyday girl budget - it’s a win-win!

We put together a list of some of the prettiest, tastiest bite foods out there. Check them out, and pick out a few that match the vibe you’re going for - no matter what, we promise your guests will be drooling over these delicious apps!
 

How to Choose the Right Menu

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One of the biggest financial decisions for your wedding day is the food and menu. Aside from picking from a variety of delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts, it’s important to decide how to present and serve the food to your guests, all while keeping your budget in mind!

If you want a more casual way of serving food, having a buffet at your wedding is a great choice! With a buffet, guests will be able to have the freedom of getting whichever food they desire, and you are able to have a wider variety of food available. Having a buffet may be a little pricey due to ordering vast amount of food to feed everyone, especially if people would want seconds!

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Image Credit: The Perfect Palette

To opt for a more formal dining option, having a plated, sit-down dinner at your reception is the way to go! Guests will typically be served a three-course meal (appetizer, entrée, and dessert), where there will be 2-3 options for food choices. Having a plated dinner is more organized since everyone will be seated and eating at the same time. After getting a head count for your wedding, having a sit-down dinner is budget friendly since you can order the exact amount of food you need.

 

 

 

 

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Image Credit: Joyful Health Yeats

Having a cocktail-style reception is a great way to provide food for your guests if you want to avoid a long sit-down meal as well as larger portions of food. Hors d’oeuvres are usually served, giving guests plenty of options of smaller foods. Cocktail style receptions are also perfect to have your guests mingle and meet each other! Having a variety of smaller portioned foods is a good way to save money on your big day!