The food you choose for your big day is important because it is a huge aspect of your event. For this reason, choosing the menu for your event can be very difficult. There are so many options! How do you decide? Before you settle on anything, consider a few things.
Your Event Theme
The theme you’ve chosen for your big day can be reflected in every aspect of the event, including the food. A classic, black tie event might look a little funny with a menu of barbeque and coleslaw. However, if you are planning a pretty, rustic, barn party, that might be the perfect menu for you. Play into your theme using foods that go along with it, as well as your venue setting.
Your budget will play a huge role in all the big decisions you make regarding your event. Some foods are cheaper to buy and prepare than others, so if you have a tight budget when it comes to the food, you’ll want to consider these. Chicken tends to be served at many events because it is one of the less expensive options. You also might be opting to have friends or family prepare the food for you to save money on hiring a caterer. If this is the case, traditional Mexican food is often chosen because it is an area of expertise and it can be rather inexpensive to prepare and serve to a large group of people. Don’t forget the guac!
Speaking of budget, your menu can be made more affordable by choosing foods that are in season. Speak with your caterer about using locally sourced foods that will be available during your event. If you’re planning a summer event, avocados and other fun veggies will be highly available for a lower price. However, with a winter event, you will have to spend more money to get the same foods. Try not to set your heart on something that will be expensive to find during the time of your event.
Your Caterer’s Specialty
When you interview your caterer, make sure to ask them what they specialize in. You might choose to play off your caterer’s strengths when you create your menu together. Your chef will be confident in what they are cooking and you can rest easy knowing that your guests will be getting awesome food.
When choosing a menu, think about what kind of dietary restrictions you and your guests have. You don’t want any of your guests to go home hungry so you’ll want to make sure that there is something available for everyone. For example, if you have a very large number of guests who are vegetarian, consider having a vegetarian main course option.
Make It Special
Of course, you can’t forget- this is your big day! The menu should reflect that. If you have a favorite food, put it on the menu! If you hate mushrooms, why even consider making it a side? Let your personality shine through the food choices and make the day truly special for you.
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