There are countless things to take care of before a wedding, but one of the most important is deciding what kind of food to serve. While some people prefer a fancy plated dinner, others love the idea of having a food truck or passing In N’ Out burgers.
If you’re struggling to figure out what to do, here’s how to decide what food to serve at your big day:
Nail Down Your Budget
Before you get to picking food, it is essential to nail down your budget. Figure out how much you are willing to spend on catering, as this will dictate the rest of your decisions moving forward. If you know you have a lot of money to spend on food, you’ll probably have more options. But, if you want to take care of your food without spending a lot of money, your options may be more limited.
What Do You Love?
Once you know how much you’re willing to spend, it’s time to have a discussion with your partner about what kind of food you both love. Did you guys have your first date at a barbecue restaurant and want to incorporate that into your wedding menu? Are you both obsessed with a certain fast food place and want to serve their burgers and fries? Take inventory of what you both enjoy — and don’t enjoy — and start a list of options. This will help you to narrow down your choices.
Buffet vs. Plated Dinner
Along with choosing between a DJ and a band, having to decide between a buffet dinner and a plated dinner is one of the hardest wedding decisions of all time. But the good news is there’s no wrong answer. If you’re having a more upscale wedding, a plated dinner may be the way to go. But, if your wedding is a bit more casual, a buffet may be a better choice.
More Choices the Better
When picking a menu, it’s essential to have a handful of choices for your guests to choose from. Not only do a lot of people have dietary constraints (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.), but there are tons of picky eaters out there! To ensure your guests enjoy their food and eat something they actually like, make sure there’s something for everyone on the menu.
Don’t Feel the Need to Be Fancy
Trust me on this one; your guests don’t need a four-course meal or a steak from the most expensive restaurant in the city. In fact, I would bet good money most of them would be content with great pizza and delicious cake. When deciding on food for a wedding, don’t be concerned about how fancy it is or whether or not it comes from a “good” restaurant. Your guests will be happy they’re fed.