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  • Writer's pictureMarylee Marmer

What's for Dinner?

Wedding Day Meals


One of the biggest expenses for your wedding day will be on the food. In over ten years of wedding planning, you can imagine we've seen every type of food there is to serve. Deciding on your wedding day meal usually involves choosing a style of service, like a cocktail reception or plated meal. It could also include considering unique food options or something traditionally served at events based on your culture or religion.


If all of this sounds overwhelming, we've got you covered! Below, we'll give you a good place to start when deciding on food for your big day!


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Cocktail Reception


For a cocktail reception, think heavy hors d'oeuvres, small bites and appetizers. Your caterer will most likely have a list of options to choose from based on your budget and the number of guests you'll be feeding.


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Buffet Style


If you're looking to serve a full meal with a lower cost than a plated service, then buffet style will most likely work for you. Caterers typically offer a choice of entree, a few side dishes and salad, and sometimes desserts, as well. Guests are usually dismissed by table and will head to the buffet to make their own plates.


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Plated Service


Plated service will usually offer the same meal options as a buffet style, however, it's served at the table directly to guests rather than having them get it themselves. For some plated services, you may be required to ask guests' meal choice (such as chicken, steak, or fish) before the big day. Your caterer will provide you with a date they will need your guests' final choices by, and your wedding planner will usually have you create a coordinating seating chart with their choices on it so that the caterer can identify which meal choice they should be serving your guests.


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Fun Food


If you're looking for a more unique option for your wedding day, you may want to consider hiring a food truck for your wedding day. Pizza and dessert trucks have gained popularity over the last few years, and some even offer special menus for big events. Just like a traditional caterer, you'll need to reach out to them to learn their options and pricing structures!


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Specifically Special


Cultural meals or religious requirements should definitely be talked about with your caterer before booking them. Halal and Kosher cooking methods aren't always available with your preferred caterer, so doing thorough research and communicating with caterers (and even your wedding venue) ahead of time are very important tasks that shouldn't be put off until later in the planning process.


If you're still a little lost one what choice to make for your wedding day, or need help contacting caterers while planning your event, contact us today, and we'll help you choose the best option for you and your guests!



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