There are many decisions you need to make when it comes to planning your perfect wedding. Most of the time you are choosing things that make you and your partner happy and what fits you as a couple, but when you are trying to choose your wedding food menu, it is a little bit more complicated than that.
Of course, you want to pick menu items that align with what you and your partner enjoy, but you also need to consider your guests and whether they will like it as well. This can be difficult when trying to choose items so that everyone will have an option they will like while still sticking with your theme and what you like. It is also a tough decision because wedding catering can be so expensive. It is important not to spend money on things that people won’t eat or will end up going to waste.
One of the most important parts of your wedding regardless of which part you are planning is your budget. Staying on budget is so important because you don’t want to unnecessarily put yourself into debt. Before you even begin to plan what you want for food at your reception, be sure that you have a super solid budget that includes all parts of the planning. About 50 percent of your budget will go to the reception, which means you need to break that down further and decide how much you can spend on food and catering!
Consider all parts
In addition to just the entre, there are a lot of different parts that revolve around the food at your reception. This can include appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, dessert and late night snacks. If you are planning on having a small cocktail hour for your guests at one of the Omaha event halls of your choice while you and your bridal party take photos after the ceremony, you may want to consider serving hors d’oeuvres to hold them over until dinner and keep them busy. These can be as simple or as extravagant as you want, but be sure to remember not to spend too much since they will be getting a meal afterward.
Of course, you need to consider the main course, which can be a served meal or a buffet. In addition, you need to plan for dessert. Again, this can be a variety of things! If you want to keep things casual, you can spend a little less on cookies, cupcakes or even donuts. If not, be sure to figure out how much the cake you are wanting will cost. The last part to consider is if you want to serve a late night snack at the end of your reception. Some couples choose to serve pizza towards the end for guests to snack on while they dance and mingle before going home. Be sure to account for that in your budget as well!
One of the best tips when it comes to planning your wedding food menu is to plan seasonally. This means choosing items that are freshest during the season that your wedding will be. You should ask Omaha event halls and your caterer what they suggest and think will be the freshest and craft your menu around those ingredients. Also, try to go local when picking what items you want. You will likely get the best, freshest and most flavorful items for you and your guests.
Think of your guests
Another important thing to consider is whether or not your guests will like what you choose. You should definitely put you and your partner first when choosing the food, but try and choose some dishes that you know that everyone will like, mostly so that you are not wasting money by throwing away food that your guests don’t eat.
Picking your wedding menu can be stressful when trying to please multiple people, but choose what you and your partner want and just be conscious of whether or not many would like it. If you need some help be sure to reach out! We are one of the best Omaha event halls and we can help you plan your perfect day!