Whether you’re planning an elegant and traditional wedding or a small, intimate gathering there are so many different menus that might suit your wedding. However, if you find ordering at a restaurant difficult enough, inevitably you will, therefore, find planning your wedding menu even harder. So, before attending a food-tasting, here are some top considerations to help you plan your perfect wedding menu:
1. Make it personal
Your first food ‘task’ should be to let your imagination run wild by creating a wish-list of your favourite food – the kind that will keep you wishing you could get married every day? If you are crazy about one particular food, then it might be cool to base your wedding menu around the thing you love the most. If you can’t see your favourite dish on our menu, please talk to us and let’s see how it can be incorporated. Even if you think your food dream isn’t possible, just ask – as at Touchays we do love a foodie challenge!
2. Get inspired by the season your wedding falls in
Drawing inspiration from the time of the year is a great starting point when considering the type of food to have at your wedding reception! Consider which month you’re getting married in and if you’d like your food to reflect the time of year and/or perhaps you want to go for what is plentiful and therefore help with your budgeting. For example, An Afternoon Tea in August is perfectly paired with Pimms and fresh seasonal fruit that might include strawberries and cucumber. So, if you’re planning on hosting:
- a summer wedding and want to max out on being outdoors, you could consider including cool puddings, ice cream, sorbet or cream along with more interactive food stations for your evening such as a BBQ or a traditional hog roast
- an early autumn wedding when the long days are perfect for outdoor evening food, why not consider Festival Style Street Food
- a winter wedding, why not welcome your guests with a glass of warm mulled cider and for your evening buffet what about considering a hot chocolate station?
- a spring wedding, you could consider including an array of colourful salads or our new sharing fresh seafood platters.
3. Include your family’s culture, traditions and background
It can be fun to fuse a range of international flavours into your wedding menu. If your culture is important to you both, why not add dishes that reflect your distinct backgrounds?
With over 25 years’ experience of incorporating food from more than one country coupled with a diverse team of chefs with varying specialities, we can properly prepare authentic dishes (especially if you are prepared to share your family recipe!). Or why not incorporate food or treats from a country or location where you have recently visited or even where your proposal took place? Decide if there is a place that is significant to you and your future spouse and consider the food options. There are endless possibilities. At Touchays we positively encourage you to show off your personalities through your food selection. After all, that’s what helps to make the day unique to you.
4. Go local
Staying local is also a great way to give a nod to your wedding’s location. Just ask us about what will be available at the time of your wedding and for ideas to incorporate them into your menu.
5. Consider including choices?
Why not let your guests have a choice of food – this can include choosing in advance between three starters, three mains and three desserts. However, this will require you to provide us with an easy to follow spreadsheet, adding their menu selection to your escort cards and a table plan. Or as an alternative, you can now choose antipasto for the starters and a trio of desserts, leaving you to only collect your guests’ choices for their mains.
6. Consider your whole day
Sometimes your preferred day food can influence your evening food. For instance, if you have always dreamed of a vintage Afternoon Tea then a traditional hog roast might be the perfect evening option.
7. Consider your wedding theme
If your wedding has a theme, why not create an array of food that is connected to that theme. For example, if you’re having a carnival-themed reception, go for the highly anticipated Festival Foods like Cotton Candy, Doughnuts and Popcorn. Or, if you’re having a European inspired event and want the food to have its own unique flair, try something unexpected like a crepe station and for a Mexican Vegan-themed event, why not try a Guacamole Station?
8. Consider your colour palette
Your food can also, in part, reflect your wedding colour palette. Those little splashes of colour will have your guests talking about how every last detail of your day was considered.
9. Think about interaction and choose a style of service
Think about what you want your guests to experience and what type of atmosphere you want to create at your wedding reception. Your preference might be for a formal, delicious Classic Three-course sit-down meal with all the trimmings. Or you might prefer something more relaxed where everyone mingles when you might consider a sharing menu, for example, a Grazing ‘Board’ that keeps luring your guests back for more…
10. Think about presentation
If you have opted for sharing boards or platters then this will have a direct impact on the table layout, but there are other considerations under presentation that might include:
- How you would like your napkins folded?
- Where would you like your favours and name cards to be placed?
- Will you hire in charger plates, glassware or cutlery? (Before you, do please talk to us about our venue styling package and the wonderful community of suppliers we love working with).
11. Fix your budget
Your planning must consider your budget. If after selecting your food options you find your finances are overstretched, please do speak to us about how we can help make your budget go further, as we can sometimes provide creative alternatives.
Once you have chosen your food, we can then work together on a timeline that will give structure to your day and allow time for those all-important photos; moments like cutting the cake and dancing.