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Menu Planning

Planning a wedding menu to WOW your guests? Stop worrying and check out our list for great advice, whether you're hiring a caterer or are going to DIY!

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Angela Chan
Angela Chan
27th December 2016 in weddings
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  • Catering or DIY
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  • Catering or DIY
    Beginning Considerations

  • 5

    Decide on Budget

    DIY can still be pricey, especially without access to wholesale
  • 6

    Plan to scale menu to size of wedding

    Higher the number, more time-consuming it will be (cost higher)
  • 7

    Decide on buffet / sit-down meal

    Check prices for both and decide accordingly
  • 8

    Tie in a theme and notify caterers

    Notify caterers of theme to ensure food fits the theme
  • 9

    Check local and seasonal ingredients

    Seasonal food tastes better and cost less!
  • 10

    Introduce new food ideas

    Ideas includes unexpected twists on classic fare
  • 11

    Provide a mix of dishes from rich to refreshing

    From rich and indulgent, to light and refreshing
  • 12

    Decide on number of items per plate

    Offer 2-3 mini servings of dishes on single plate
  • 13

    Provide dietary restrictions options (optional)

    Vegetarian, non-vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free
  • 14

    Serve hot and cold dishes

    Depending how much storage is available
  • 15

    Develop a food storage plan

    Storage is often a forgotten cost and consideration
  • Catering or DIY
    Catering

  • 1

    Pick a venue that allows your own caterer

    Some venues may require you to use their catering
  • 2

    Book caterer 6-12 mo. in advance

    Begin search for caterer 12 months before wedding
  • 3

    Decide if cake is included

    Find separate cake provider if necessary
  • 4

    Check for hidden fees

    e.g. Champagne toast fee, overtime costs, etc,.
  • Catering or DIY
    DIY

  • 16

    Stacked tomatoes & mozzarella

    Impress your guests with gourmet restaurant appetizer
  • 17

    Decorated deviled eggs

    Classic appetizer with a twist
  • 18

    Clam dip

  • 19

    Cupcake cake

    Serve tiered display cupcakes instead of an expensive cake
  • 23

    Polenta toasts with herbed ricotta & bacon

    Wonderful gluten-free appetizer can be made well ahead
  • 24

    Wedding singature cocktail

    See link for "Dancing in the Moonlight" recipe
  • 25

    Cheese selection served on silver forks

    Easy to make stylish cheese selection of your own choice
  • Catering or DIY
    DIY Planning

  • 20

    Estimate serving quantities

    Bites per hour, per guest (calculation depends on situation)
  • 21

    Create Food Prep Plan

    Depending on whether time/storage is tighter
  • 22

    Prepare as much in advance as possible

    Create a list of make-ahead items and prepare in advance
  • 26

    Avoid making anyone sick

    Avoid really spricy food, raw meats, exotic animal products, etc.
  • 27

    Assign tasks to helpers

    Make sure everyone knows what they are responsible for
  • Catering or DIY
    {Dropdown}

  • Catering or DIY
    Beginning Considerations

  • 5

    Decide on Budget

  • 6

    Plan to scale menu to size of wedding

  • 7

    Decide on buffet / sit-down meal

  • 8

    Tie in a theme and notify caterers

  • 9

    Check local and seasonal ingredients

  • 10

    Introduce new food ideas

  • 11

    Provide a mix of dishes from rich to refreshing

  • 12

    Decide on number of items per plate

  • 13

    Provide dietary restrictions options (optional)

  • 14

    Serve hot and cold dishes

  • 15

    Develop a food storage plan

  • Catering or DIY
    Catering

  • 1

    Pick a venue that allows your own caterer

  • 2

    Book caterer 6-12 mo. in advance

  • 3

    Decide if cake is included

  • 4

    Check for hidden fees

  • Catering or DIY
    DIY

  • 16

    Stacked tomatoes & mozzarella

  • 17

    Decorated deviled eggs

  • 18

    Clam dip

  • 19

    Cupcake cake

  • 23

    Polenta toasts with herbed ricotta & bacon

  • 24

    Wedding singature cocktail

  • 25

    Cheese selection served on silver forks

  • Catering or DIY
    DIY Planning

  • 20

    Estimate serving quantities

  • 21

    Create Food Prep Plan

  • 22

    Prepare as much in advance as possible

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