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Menu Planning

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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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  • Beginning Considerations

  • 5
    Decide on Budget
    Decide on BudgetDIY can still be pricey, especially without access to wholesale
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    Plan to scale menu to size of wedding
    Plan to scale menu to size of weddingHigher the number, more time-consuming it will be (cost higher)
  • 7
    Decide on buffet / sit-down meal
    Decide on buffet / sit-down mealCheck prices for both and decide accordingly
  • 8
    Tie in a theme and notify caterers
    Tie in a theme and notify caterersNotify caterers of theme to ensure food fits the theme
  • 9
    Check local and seasonal ingredients
    Check local and seasonal ingredientsSeasonal food tastes better and cost less!
  • 10
    Introduce new food ideas
    Introduce new food ideasIdeas includes unexpected twists on classic fare
  • 11
    Provide a mix of dishes from rich to refreshing
    Provide a mix of dishes from rich to refreshingFrom rich and indulgent, to light and refreshing
  • 12
    Decide on number of items per plate
    Decide on number of items per plateOffer 2-3 mini servings of dishes on single plate
  • 13
    Provide dietary restrictions options (optional)
    Provide dietary restrictions options (optional)Vegetarian, non-vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free
  • 14
    Serve hot and cold dishes
    Serve hot and cold dishesDepending how much storage is available
  • 15
    Develop a food storage plan
    Develop a food storage planStorage is often a forgotten cost and consideration
  • Catering

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    Pick a venue that allows your own caterer
    Pick a venue that allows your own catererSome venues may require you to use their catering
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    Book caterer 6-12 mo. in advance
    Book caterer 6-12  mo. in advanceBegin search for caterer 12 months before wedding
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    Decide if cake is included
    Decide if cake is includedFind separate cake provider if necessary
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    Check for hidden fees
    Check for hidden feese.g. Champagne toast fee, overtime costs, etc,.
  • DIY

  • 16
    Stacked tomatoes & mozzarella
    Stacked tomatoes & mozzarellaImpress your guests with gourmet restaurant appetizer
  • 17
    Decorated deviled eggs
    Decorated deviled eggsClassic appetizer with a twist
  • 18
    Clam dip
    Clam dip
  • 19
    Cupcake cake
    Cupcake cakeServe tiered display cupcakes instead of an expensive cake
  • 23
    Polenta toasts with herbed ricotta & bacon
    Polenta toasts with herbed ricotta & baconWonderful gluten-free appetizer can be made well ahead
  • 24
    Wedding singature cocktail
    Wedding singature cocktailSee link for "Dancing in the Moonlight" recipe
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    Cheese selection served on silver forks
    Cheese selection served on silver forksEasy to make stylish cheese selection of your own choice
  • DIY Planning

  • 20
    Estimate serving quantities
    Estimate serving quantitiesBites per hour, per guest (calculation depends on situation)
  • 21
    Create Food Prep Plan
    Create Food Prep PlanDepending on whether time/storage is tighter
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    Prepare as much in advance as possible
    Prepare as much in advance as possibleCreate a list of make-ahead items and prepare in advance
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  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • DIY Planning

  • 20
    Estimate serving quantities
  • 21
    Create Food Prep Plan
  • 22
    Prepare as much in advance as possible
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