Food for Thought

22 Jul 2011

Food for Thought

A traditional three course meal, an informal buffet or a fish and chip supper? Whether your reception is in a hotel, hall or marquee, find the right caterer for the job

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If you are booking your wedding reception at a hotel or purpose-built wedding venue then you will not need to find a catering company but will need to have detailed discussions with the hotel about what they provide and menu choices. If you choose to have your reception in a marquee or a hall then you will need to start thinking about finding the right company to deal with your tastes.

How do I choose?

Any reputable catering company will be well used to dealing with all aspects of wedding arrangements so you can lean on them heavily. But before engaging them make sure you can sample what they are offering to provide, and if possible try to talk to other brides who have used the same caterers to gauge their reaction. Responsible caterers will provide the necessary references.

What can they do?

First thing to consider is what type of Wedding Breakfast is going to suit the style of wedding. Will it be a formal sit down silver-service meal or a self-serve buffet? Is it going to be a hot or cold meal? If self-serve, it’s still better to have it all on at least semi-organised lines with nameplace settings to avoid an unseemly scramble for seating.

Will there be canapés available whilst guests are waiting for the formal proceedings to start?

It’s a good idea and helps to break the ice.

Can they cater for different menus?

Catering companies can cope with whatever you throw at them, but if you’re planning to present guests with a choice of menu, get them to make the choice well beforehand so that the caterers can prepare. And do make sure that you ask your guests when replying to specify if they have any special dietary requirements; you will want all your guests to enjoy themselves to the full.

How much food do guests need?

If there’s a party after the reception, you will probably want to consider whether a light supper buffet will be appropriate and it will certainly be appreciated by your partying guests who will have been bopping away all night. If the wedding is taking place at a hotel, then the resident staff will deal with everything even down to breakfast on the morning after for guests who are staying over.

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