Let’s Begin With The Guests
Did you know that the average number of guests at a wedding in the United States is 167?
That information comes as a courtesy from the Brides American Wedding Study. The research says that most wedded events feature less than 200 guests.
Also, fall weddings in the months of September and October are now the most popular times of the year to say “I do.”
Reception Meal Styles To Consider
Every couple dreams of holding an amazing wedding reception with wonderful food, and there are several approaches to this.
You can choose a plated sit-down dinner (most common). Or how about a family-style dinner or arranging for food stations?
You can opt for a buffet-style or just a cocktail-style reception.
It’s All About Food, Glorious Food
Our wedding experts have some favorite wedding menu ideas, and one of the best ways to achieve a fabulous catered entree for every guest attending is to offer the chicken, fish, steak, or the vegetarian option.
Maybe your menu will feature an herb roasted breast of chicken, Alaskan halibut from an Alaska fish company, black Angus filet mignon, or roasted spaghetti squash.
These are classic wedding reception main entrees that appeal to most guests, and you want to please as many palettes as you can. Plant-based guests, especially, will remember that you and your partner were thoughtful about having vegetarian options at your nuptials.
Wedding Appetizers Set The Mood
When you have chosen your main entrees, then you can start building around them and elevating the gastronomic experience.
For instance, wedding appetizers or hors d’oeuvres can be served to your guests, and some popular choices include tasty, mini bites such as shrimp and feta cheese cigars; lamb skewers with mint chutney; miniature crabcakes with cilantro cream; beef tenderloin crostini with gorgonzola cream; vegetable tartlets; bruschetta; fried mac and cheese balls, etc.
Stationary hors d’oeuvres can include apricot baked brie, assorted sushi rolls, lobster bisque or vegetable crudites display, etc.
Add A Personal Touch To The Menu
There are no set rules to your wedding day reception, and some couples enjoy putting together a menu for their guests that include some of their favorite family foods.
You can look at sample menus from your caterer or wedding planner or decide to create a one-of-a-kind wedding reception menu.
Maybe you and your partner would fancy a mashed potato bar, for example, and serve your guests garlic mashed potatoes, sweet mashed potatoes with toppings of sour cream, sauteed mushrooms, crispy bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, and more.
Or perhaps, an Italian pasta station is your preference that features penne, farfalle, and cheese tortellini with toppings in pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted asparagus, alfredo sauce, and more.
Make sure to schedule a tasting with your wedding caterer. Before the big event, you should have the opportunity to sample their wedding menu selections.
It’s Often More Than Just Cake
Years ago, a large decorated wedding cake was ample enough to serve to every guest at the reception. It was a tradition. Then again, not every individual likes cake, and it’s lovely to have options.
You can also serve delicious sweet treats that are not wedding cake-related. Some of these favorites include donuts, lemon bars, chocolate-covered strawberries, parfaits, cupcakes, crème brûlée, assorted miniature French pastries, and even pies, and many other dazzling desserts.
Your wedding day is probably one of the most important days of your life, and when it comes down to the wedding reception, it’s a moment of celebration with your family and friends. You can stay on a traditional menu, have both vintage and modern options, or go wild. Make it your own!