Whether you want to serve finger foods, a 4-main course, or a delicious Italian meal, you deserve to have a wonderful reception dinner and a delicious one at that. Usually, the main focus is on the decor and pretty stuff when it comes to wedding planning, and rightfully so. But, whenever your guests get closer to your wedding day, one of the main things they get excited about is what the food is going to be like! We can’t say we really blame them, as attending an ordeal that lasts no shorter than 3 hours. And with the awesome DJ you hired, they’re going to need the energy to dance the night away with you! Keep reading to see how you can have a lovely reception dinner!
While the catering and menu decisions are important, they can only be made by not over-thinking things. If you’re at a stand still, think about what food speaks to you and your sig other’s family. Are there any dishes that really speak to your culture? What did you both grow up eating? If both families have totally different preferences, you have no other option than to find a middle ground and choose what you both like and those foods that are an automatic crowd pleaser. Think pasta, salad, meat… the basics that you usually see at weddings. Making sure that you go with a caterer that has a variety of options (like Running Wild Catering) will make this step so much easier to deal with!
It’s okay to decide on a menu that’s easiest and most attainable for you / your budget. As long as you go with a quality caterer, the sky’s the limit when it comes to forming a simple-yet-delicious menu. BBQ food, finger food, and easy eating is all the rage in the wedding world right now. The simpler, the better and guests are proven to love something that they can pick at all night long. This is great news for you, as smaller, poppable dishes are much cheaper than serving a full course meal and way less heavy (que the endless dancing)!
Start a Menu
We tend to like this method. After doing some research on catering prices and what company to go with, things can start to cloud over you. This is where you put it all to the wayside and just create a menu off the fly. You can also do this while meeting with your caterer, as they should have great suggestions and will already have knowledge of what they can offer you. Doing this is what can help you obsess a little less and go with your gut when it comes to choosing the food. You can also do this when it comes to your reception design and decor. Just jump in. Start drawing, sketching, or pinning until you just can’t pin no more! Absorb all of the inspiration you can and then execute like the boss bride you were always meant to be!
This post was just another way to help you simplify the big, daunting decisions of your wedding planning process, and we hope we’ve done just that. Just a reminder, you’ll have to eat at your wedding too, so at a very last resort, just make sure you and your newlywed will enjoy the chow-down!
Drop your comments below on how you decided on what type of food or decor to have at your reception dinner, whether your guests were pleased, and how your planner and / or caterer was totally amazing!
Our recommendation: Running Wild Catering
Photography: Spark Photography