Food is an essential part of your wedding. Food is something that your guests will remember and talk about for a long time even after the wedding is over. Hence, it becomes crucial to be very careful while you choose the food items for your wedding. Here I’m sharing a list of 6 wedding food dos and don’ts that you can consider while planning your wedding.
Here we go……
Do No. 1: Prepare your wedding food budget
Weddings are pricey affairs. Like any other aspect of your wedding, from wedding décor to wedding outfit you set your budget for, the same ways you will need to decide how much money you can spend on food. Not deciding the wedding food budget can simply add to your wedding cost. A perfectly set budget can help you host your wedding on your budget.
Do No. 2: Hire your caterer early
This is indispensable! Remember one rule while booking your wedding vendors – All the best wedding vendors are booked first. So if you delay the procedure, you will end up hiring some random vendors, which may adversely affect your whole experience. Usually, wedding caterers are booked a year in advance, the same as your wedding venue.
DO No. 3: Do enough research
Your wedding is once in a lifetime event that you would want to make the best event of your life. So, it becomes crucial that you do enough research while you choose your wedding caterer. As said earlier, it is one of the most critical aspects of your wedding; hence it is crucial you hire the best caterer.
You may go to the internet to find the wedding caterer, or you can ask for a reference from the venue. Sometimes wedding venues have in-house caterers, but make sure you ask for a tasting with the in-house caterer. In fact, you should request a tasting with any other caterer also. It will let you know whether he is the right caterer for you or not!
DO No. 4: Get the right number of wedding guests
Your wedding menu will be determined by the number of guests you are planning to invite. Of course, with fewer people, you can arrange for any number of food items; however, doing the same with a huge guest list will tremendously add to your wedding cost, which is not wise. So, if you want to have an impressive wedding venue, it is recommended to keep your guest list short.
And if you think a short guest list is not possible, then cut your menu costs in such a way that it doesn’t affect the quality of the food!
DO No. 5: Let your caterer know the dietary restrictions in advance
Some of your wedding guests, such as your grandparents or any other guest, may have dietary restrictions. Don’t miss to let your caterer know about that in advance so that none of your guests go hungry. You can make a creative wedding menu that will suit everyone’s needs at the wedding.
DO No. 6: Decide your theme in advance
It will primarily depend on the size of your wedding. For instance, yours is a big fat wedding with too many guests; then a buffet-style is more preferable. But, if your wedding is an intimate celebration with friends, family, and relatives, then a sit-down meal will be the best option.
Let’s take a look at the DON’TS now.
DON’TS No. 1: Not sticking to your budget
A wedding is not the only thing that you have to care for. You will need money after your wedding to start your family as well. Hence, it becomes crucial to be aware of your wedding budget and sticking to it religiously. Not sticking to your budget can affect your overall cost, which you may regret later. There is no point in that!
DON’TS No. 2: Deciding the menu without considering your guests’ needs
Your wedding becomes special when your loved ones are there. All your guests and relatives will make time to attend your wedding. If you don’t consider their needs, it will leave a negative impact of yours on them. They will have bitter feelings about you in all. So, make sure you keep your guests’ choices in mind while finalizing your menu.
DON’TS No. 3: Going extravagant with the wedding menu
Believe it or not, people who go extravagant with their wedding menu regret later. There is no point in choosing luxurious food items or extra food items for your menu. This will only add to your cost and nothing else. In fact, you should make sure that your menus are such that it serves everybody’s needs perfectly. Your food needs not to be too luxurious or fancy; rather, it should reflect your personality well.
DON’TS No. 4: Going with the basic menu to save the cost
If going extravagant is wrong, then going with the basic menu is equally bad. Some couples go with the basic wedding menu, which literally upsets wedding guests. You can customize your menu, keeping all your requirements in mind. You can even speak to your caterer for a customized wedding menu.
DON’TS No. 5: Avoiding food tasting completely
If you don’t want any unpleasant surprises later, it becomes crucial to request your caterer for food tasting. Some caterers allow it for free, but most of them charge for food tasting. It’s is not a major problem when you are already planning a wedding at a grand level. At least you can have a peaceful wedding without any chaos or complaints from your guests. Otherwise, wedding guests keep talking bad and complaining about food even after the wedding is over.
DON’TS No. 6: Not signing a proper contract with the caterer
Whether your caterer is your known one or an unknown one, signing the dotted lines is A MUST. Sometimes couples forget to sign the formal contract, which turns out to be a mess for them. Of course, if you don’t sign a written agreement, you cannot claim anything later. For instance, if your caterer changes the menu from something to something else, how would you claim the damage? Having a written contract will help you avoid any messy situation.
These are the 6 wedding food dos and don’ts you have to keep in mind while you finalize your caterer. These tips will help you host a wonderful wedding that everybody, including your guests, will cherish for a long time.
Besides these 6 dos and don’ts, make sure you do not forget to eat food at your wedding. Yes, you will be extremely busy at your wedding with a lot of stuff, such as couple photos, group photos, meeting with your guests, etc. All these may consume most of your time, due to which most couples avoid eating food. This is not a great idea, I tell you. What is the point of spending a lot of money on wedding food when you are going to stay hungry!
Happy Wedding…. ☺ ☺