7 Tips For
Wedding Reception Food
Wedding reception food is one of the most important parts of your
wedding day. Great food
can make your
reception one that your guests will remember for a long time.
Not only is food important, it can also be very expensive. Starting
with a budget helps to keep costs under control. Also, it helps to be
realistic when choosing a menu for a large wedding.
Wedding Reception Food
There are typically three options for where your food
is coming from. First, you can have your reception at a space that
provides selections that you can choose from for your menu. Second, you
can hire a caterer to provide the food, and third you can do it
Many times the choice depends on where your wedding is taking place.
For example, if you are having a tented outdoor wedding you will most
likely need to hire a caterer.
Unless you have severe budgetary constraints or have a lot of help, we
would not recommend cooking your reception food yourself. There are a
lot of other things to organize for your wedding day, so rely on
professionals as much as possible in this area.
Here are 7 wedding reception food tips:
Reception Space Or Caterer?
Most reception spaces either have onsite facilities for providing food,
or they have contracts set up with one or more caterers that you can
work with. Choosing a caterer and menu is a very important wedding
Take the time to have tastings at reception spaces or with potential
caterers. Ask for references that you can call, and make sure you are
happy with your choices before finalizing the menu.
Having a brunch wedding reception is the perfect choice if your wedding
is early in the day or on Sunday. Work with your caterer to come up
with a menu that includes both breakfast and lunch options.
The perfect wedding
for a brunch reception is a Mimosa. Brunch
wedding receptions may also be a way to cut down on expenses as many
sites charge less for early receptions.
Traditionally wedding receptions start off with a cocktail hour. This
is the time that your guests will arrive, have their first drinks of
the event and a few bites to eat.
Passed hors d'oeuvres, meat carving stations, raw bars and pasta
stations are some of the options available. This is the perfect time to
have your signature drink introduced to your guests along with other
A growing trend in wedding planning is the cocktail reception. Often it
seems that the best wedding reception food is served during cocktail hour, so
many couples are choosing to have an extended cocktail menu for their
This choice allows you to have many different food items to sample, and
it provides a more informal atmosphere.
for more ideas.
An informal option for the main meal is the buffet. You will choose
from several main courses, sides and stations, and guests will decide
on what they want to eat when their table is called.
If you want to provide variety for your guests, this is a good option
for you as they will be able to sample several things and eat as much
as they want. Since they are less formal, buffets typically allow more
time for your guests to dance and mingle.
They can also be easier on your budget because less wait staff is
needed to serve your guests.
For a more formal atmosphere, consider having a sit down dinner. Guests
will choose from three entree options when they RSVP, and the meal will
be set by the choices you make with your caterer.
Sit down receptions rely heavily on good service to move the meal
along. Without it you run the risk of the meal taking too long and
taking up time that was supposed to be devoted to other things.
While your guests won't be able to walk around as much during dinner,
they will get to spend ample time talking with each other at the table.
Because of the extra wait staff needed they tend to be more expensive
than the other options.
Cake & Dessert
No wedding is complete without wedding
. When your cake is cut and served you can also serve
other types of dessert as well along with coffee, tea and after dinner
Popular dessert trends in addition to cake are ice cream and pudding
bars with all the toppings.