Wedding Reception Menu Ideas
You have dreamed about planning your wedding for years, and now the time has finally arrived to make your dreams reality. Since the reception is an important part of the wedding day, it goes without saying that you want your guests to enjoy the reception and the food.
One thing to consider when planning a reception menu is location. For example, if you are having an outdoor garden reception, a food truck or a picnic table set-up may be ideal. Gourmet food-on-a-stick would be perfect for a reception by the beach, since the shoreline tends to get a little windy. Maybe you and your love are deciding to have the reception on a boat, what would be better than a selection of local seafood specialties.
Another consideration when planning a reception menu is the type of reception planned. Will it be casual champagne and appetizers in the afternoon or a more formal sit-down plate service in the evening? Maybe you and your love have decided to have a morning wedding followed by a midafternoon brunch reception. Many wedding are themed affairs and incorporate the passions of the wedding couple.
There are many considerations when planning a reception. You want to make sure that your reception represents you and your spouse. You want to show your guests appreciation for being part of your big day. One of the bigger concerns in wedding planning is staying within budget. Reception menus do not have to be expensive. Following are examples of low-cost wedding reception menu ideals. I hope the ideals will help you make your day an event that your guests will forever remember.
Planning your own menu instead of using catering services can give you a big bang for your buck! Budget-friendly menus can be arranged to fit into any theme and offer an impressive choice for your guest.
Breakfast isn’t just for mornings anymore! Breakfast foods are cheaper than traditional dinner food and they taste just as good. Although eggs and bacon may be questionable for a sit-down plate service, they work well on a buffet. Below are some ideals for selections on a breakfast buffet:
Not only is an omelet station cheaper than a meat-carving station, it also offers the guest a chance to add their favorite fillings to their omelet. If you have a friend or family members who know how to whip up a good omelet, it will be that much cheaper.
Bread Topping Station
What is breakfast without some type of bread? Instead of selections of muffins and croissants, why not offer simple Italian or French bread with an assortment of exciting toppings. Honey added to whip butter is a great sweet and savory topping. Other great toppings are cream cheese and pepper jelly, mashed bananas and peanut butter, sliced tomatoes with pesto and a variety of simple jams. Put labels in front of the toppings so your guest know what is available and watch them eagerly sample each.
Continuing with the breakfast theme, instead of serving alcohol or soda, consider serving non-alcohol juice spritzers. They can easily be made by combining one part of carbonated water or ginger ale to one part fruit juice. If you decide to use juice concentrate, then add two tablespoons of concentrate to two cups of carbonated water or ginger ale. Add cut fruit to the spritzers to elevate the level of sophistication! However, if alcohol is a necessity, then offer your guests Mimosas since that drink is a breakfast/brunch classic.
Many couples are starting to forgo a hearty dinner reception for a light and conversation-friendly appetizer reception. There are many delicious and creative appetizers that fit every taste and budget.
Miniature Main Courses
Are you a spaghetti and meatball lover? What about lasagna or burgers. Whatever your favorite meal is, chances are there is a miniature version that is perfect for an appetizer reception. In addition, many appetizers or hors-d’œuvres are available at wholesale clubs for a reasonable price and they will also have great and simple recipe ideals for homemade appetizers.
Another ideal to help get the bang for your buck are soup shooters also known as soup in a shot glass. Imagine serving over twenty people with one large bowl of soup. Since soup can be served hot or cold, soup shooters can be served anytime during the year. Imagine serving hot tomato bisque topped with cheese for a winter reception or a cool potato-leek soup topped with sour cream for a summer reception.
Planning and preparing the food for a wedding reception may seem daunting, but with careful planning, it may be easier than you believe. Create menu items for your guest that are tasty , beautifully presented and affordable.