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December 12, 2018

Wednesday Wedding Wisdom: Choosing the Perfect Wedding Menu


 Loutre Wedding Hi Friends!

I’m McKinzie Loutre, the Events Coordinator here at The Center for Rural Development. Many of you may not be aware, but we offer a full range of wedding consultation services to help couples plan and coordinate every last detail leading up to their special day. In our fourth Wednesday Wedding Wisdom of 2017, I’m going to look at how the number of guests you have at your wedding will dictate everything else, and therefore, have the biggest impact on your wedding budget!

Photo left: McKinzie on her wedding day, at The Center for Rural Development.



Choosing the Perfect Wedding Menu 

A lot of aspects go into choosing the best menu for your wedding. The theme/style, venue, and other items will all affect what you should or shouldn’t serve to your guests. Whether you’re planning an elegant and traditional wedding or a small, intimate gathering with your close family, there is a suitable catering option for you. Below, I’ve explained some of the factors that will help you decide the perfect menu for your big day.

1. What is your wedding theme/style?

Are you looking for a more elegant affair with a sit down meal, or are you hosting your reception in a barn and want to do a buffet? You want your menu to match the style of your wedding and be consistent with the look and feel of your venue.

2. Take note of the season. 

Certain types of food taste better in different seasons. If it is an outdoor wedding in the summer, you might like to serve a cold appetizer and fruity dessert. For a winter wedding, a warm appetizer and hearty soup will be well received. Not only that, but choosing “in-season” foods will also help reduce catering costs.

3. Choose your favorite cuisine. 

Work with your partner to ensure you’re choosing a dish that both of you enjoy. Is it relevant to your relationship or have a special meaning, or do you simply just like Mexican food and want to have a taco bar? Make sure you are actually going to love the food you are serving!

4. Take note of special dietary needs.

Having a menu for guests with specific diets is a thoughtful gesture. You can include an allergy note with your RSVP’s prompting guests who may have a specific need in advance. This allows you to coordinate options with your caterer and make sure they are prepared to service these guests’ requirements.

5. Be open to new things. 

When the usual choices, i.e. grilled chicken, steak, rosemary potatoes, etc. leave you bored an uninspired, don’t be afraid to mix things up. Food bar stations, food trucks, non-traditional desserts, and brunch-style menus are all trending in 2018! Make your menu a memorable experience for your guests, something they’ve never seen before.

Catering can easily make you feel overwhelmed during the planning process, but don’t consider it such a heavy burden. Instead, think of it as a way to offer your guests something in return for sharing such a special day with you.

You are invited to attend our bridal show “From This Moment”, on January 27, 2018, from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Brides will have exclusive access to a wide variety of vendors and services for your big day! Brides plus one guest are only $5!! Check out our event page for more details and follow us on for vendor announcements and emerging details.

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