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Choosing Your Wedding Menu
As you begin planning for your big day, it may feel as though there just isn't enough time to get everything done. Don't allow yourself to become overwhelmed. With some preparation, planning and helpful tips, your wedding and reception will be the stuff of dreams. Deciding on your wedding menu is one of the essential tasks of wedding planning and one that your guests will greatly appreciate. These guidelines will help ensure that you choose a spread that will be both tasty and memorable.
As you begin planning for your big day, it may feel as though there just isn't enough time to get everything done. Don't allow yourself to become overwhelmed. With some preparation, planning and helpful tips, your wedding and reception will be the stuff of dreams.

Deciding on your wedding menu is one of the essential tasks of wedding planning and one that your guests will greatly appreciate. These guidelines will help ensure that you choose a spread that will be both tasty and memorable.

Considerations
Taste, money, dining style and venue are all important consideration when planning your wedding menu.

Budget
You may have caviar dreams, but if you have a hamburger budget – something's got to give. Review what you have to spend per guest and stick to your projections when you brainstorm your menu.

Your Preferences

What do you and your spouse-to-be like to eat? Consider some of your favorites when discussing the menu. But be careful if you have very eclectic or non-traditional tastes. Chances are that most of your guests aren't going to be thrilled with an all-vegan spread or spicy food that burns the taste buds off their tongues. So, prepare to be flexible.

Guest Preferences

Choose crowd-pleasers that most people will like. Providing some options is helpful for guests who have dietary restrictions or are simply unadventurous in their food choices. You don't have to go with the traditional "steak, chicken or fish" fare – add your own flare. How about Mahi-Mahi instead of the typical salmon?

Type of Food Service

Deciding how your wedding food will be served is a big part of planning the menu. Venue plays a huge role, with space and size considerations. But, unless you're strictly a traditional guy or gal, there are several interesting ideas to explore.
Traditional Dining – There's nothing wrong with the tried and true. This 3-course sit-down dining option is a mainstay for most menus.
Tasting Menu – Embrace variety with several small dishes from a range of different cuisines.
Picnic/BBQ – These are great choices for outdoor weddings or more casually-styled nuptials.
Buffet – This is another standard option that works for many receptions if there aren't too many guests to hold up the line.
Multiple Food Stations – This variation on buffet dining helps cut down on lines and offers variety, as well.

Once you've made your choices, discuss them with your caterer and be specific about what you want to avoid misunderstandings and disappointment. And for our New York couples, take a look at our Wedding Venue options for your special day. We are happy to help accommodate any dining style. Happy planning!
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