Make a statement with your wedding menu ideas!
By expressing your personality and experiences into your wedding food ideas, you can have an unforgettable and more meaningful wedding reception.
f you have decided to use the in-house catering staff at your reception site, then you already know that they have a fairly set menu.
So, you may not be able to incorporate unique or specific foods. But it never hurts to ask.
If you are able to use an outside caterer, you will be able to have more choices in your foods and with your budget. Finding the right caterer can take some time, but it can be worth it in the long run.
If there is a culinary school in your town, check to see if you can hire a student(s) to cater your reception. They will usually charge you a fraction of the cost of a professional caterer and are usually willing to listen to your wedding menu ideas.
Of course, if you are having a small wedding, you could choose to make the food yourself. This is the most affordable and personal way to go. However, you will definitely need friends and family to help you.
You don't need to make everything homemade though. There are many good prepared foods that you just need to heat and serve. Check out places like Costco and Sam's Club where you can buy the prepared foods in bulk at discount prices.
One way to reflect your personality and experiences into your wedding menu ideas is to serve ethnic cuisine.
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Incorporating food from your families' heritage helps to bond your relatives and guests. If these are foods that you enjoy, then the wedding reception will be more personal to you and your guests.
You can choose to include an entire menu based on your ethnic background or on your personal life experiences; or you can choose to mix and match food items from different cultures.
Food stations or food bars are a new take on the old buffets.
The food stations are usually set up around the perimeter of the reception site. They are not just for big weddings any more but are perfect for a small wedding.
Some choices for a food station are: a baked potato bar with a selection of toppings; an avocado bar; a pasta bar; a Mexican taco station; a Chinese food station; a hibachi-style Japanese station; or a soup and salad station.
The food stations are usually more creative in their presentation than a standard buffet. For example, you could have the potatoes served in large martini glasses or have your soups served in bread bowls.
A breakfast reception should take place between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
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A lunch buffet reception should take place between 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. This type of reception should follow a late morning wedding.
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This type of reception is appropriate between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. It can also be held after an evening wedding. Be sure to include "Hors d'oeuvres Reception Following Ceremony", on the invitations, so your guests will know what to expect.
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A dinner buffet reception should take place after 7:00 p.m.
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A dessert reception should take place between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Be sure to add "Dessert Reception Following Ceremony" to your invitations.
This is a great do-it-yourself reception. You can serve an assortment of rich desserts, such as cheese cakes, pastries, cakes, pies, tortes and cookies.
You can also serve ice cream and have all the toppings for your guests to make sundaes or banana-splits.
For your beverages serve coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcohol (if desired).
A tea reception is appropriate between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. This type of reception is inexpensive and is a nice idea for small weddings. Include "Tea Reception Following Ceremony", on the invitations.
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If your wedding is in the late morning, you could choose to have a salad luncheon.
Offer a wide variety of salads, such as, pasta, potato, fruit, Greek salad, Caesar salad, bean salad and a green salad.
Be sure to include "Salad Luncheon Following Ceremony", on the invitations.
You could also choose to have a simple, but elegant,Wedding Cake and Punch Reception. This is a great idea for a mid-morning, mid-afternoon, or evening wedding.
This type of reception is relaxed, enjoyable and inexpensive. Along with the cake and punch, you can also include cookies, mints and nuts for your guests to enjoy.
Be sure to include "Cake and Punch Reception Following Ceremony" on your invitations.
The great thing about today's wedding cakes is that they can look and taste any way you want. If you dream it up, you can find someone who will make it a reality!
A wedding cake is no longer limited to being white. It can be any color that you desire. You can also add flowers, fruit, ribbons, or unusual cake toppers to make your cake special.
Wedding cakes no longer have to be the traditional stacked tiers, either. You can have a cake made in any size or shape to reflect your personality. For example, you can have a cake shaped like a castle, a sailboat or a football field.
Instead of one large cake, you might consider serving tiny, individual sized wedding cakes or cupcakes. If you are not a big cake eater, you can even have individual pies made for your wedding dessert.
Another wedding cake idea is to have a cake for each table, which can double as the centerpiece. You and the groom can cut the first slice of each cake at each table - giving you a chance to visit with all your guests.
Use a sharp slender knife with a long blade.
After the cake is cut the pieces may be removed with a cake server and fork.
As you can see, there are no right or wrong wedding menu ideas for your reception. Just make sure there is plenty of good food and beverages and that everyone enjoys themselves!