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How to plan your wedding menu

Set up a budget

Couples spend a fortune on their wedding - starting with the engagement rings, the wedding attire, venue decorations to honeymoon. Decide how much you are willing to spend on the wedding menu and if 3 meal options per guest are really necessary. Depending on the number of guests and the venue, some reception options would be cheaper than others. For instance, hotels are likely to charge slightly less for buffets, as hotels and huge restaurants keep more food in stock and the remaining food can be served after the reception.

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This does not apply to caterers coming to your venue, especially with a large number of guests. In this case, the caterer would need to prepare a larger amount of food, transport it and provide more staff for larger weddings. To adequately calculate the cost of your reception and make the most of your consultation with the caterer, make sure you know the number of guests, have a certain budget and have an idea of what food you would like to be served.

Match the menu to the wedding venue

If the wedding reception takes place in a ballroom or restaurant, the perfect option is sit-down dinner. Guests will be eating not dancing*  Suitable for plenty of guests as its easier to plan how much food to order and there will be no queues for food


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Buffets are suitable for outdoor weddings and daytime receptions. 


Don't risk it 

Avoid foods which may cause food poisoning or inconvenience to your guests. Extremely spicy or exotic foods may not be suitable for some of your guests. If you still prefer to serve something nontraditional, it might be worth providing alternative options for your guests. 

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Ideally, you would ask your guests in advance and order exactly what they want. Planning meals is easier for smaller receptions, as you would know what

Food presentation

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Provide Alternatives

Most couples provide 3 meal choices for their guests: beef or pork; chicken or seafood and vegan and vegetarian.

Along with your wedding invitations, you can provide your guests with menu inserts. 

Some meats might be unsuitable for guests of certain religions

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