It’s your day and it’s your menu, and you should absolutely pick whatever foods you like and think will make a special occasion—but as you do so, make sure you think about your guests and what will make them happy, too!
We’ll show you what we mean. A few things we really recommend not serving at your wedding:
- All one thing. It’s important to have some variety at your wedding; you may really love meat and want to ensure there are some quality beef or pork options, and that’s great. Don’t serve just meat, though; salad bars or vegetarian selections will add variety and make sure everyone can eat something.
- All “foodie” items. Creative culinary confections can make a wedding truly festive, but remind yourself that not everyone is a foodie. Plus, there may be kids at your wedding, and caviar may not be their cup of tea. Make sure you think about the needs of those who aren’t as adventurous, and ensure at least two good options for children and non-foodies.
- Foods that require a lot of tableside service. You want your food to be memorable, but not necessarily to steal the spotlight from you, your first dance, the speeches being made, and so on. Dishes that are assembled tableside can be cool, but they may be a little too extravagant for a wedding.
- Raw foods. Raw foods are always a little risky, and you don’t want people getting sick at your wedding. Play it safe on this one.
- Seven-course dinners. Again, don’t make the reception all about the food. A massive, lengthy meal is going to require people to be seated and eating rather than milling around, dancing, and socializing.
- All “minis.” There’s a big movement toward “mini” burgers, mini sandwiches, mini quiches, and so on. That’s not a bad thing, but all minis will leave guests feeling hungry or dissatisfied.
Pick a menu that will make you happy—but also think about how that menu will impact the mood of your guests and the flow of your reception.