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Planning Your Wedding Menu? Check Out These Tips!

Everyone loves to eat – and when it comes to special events such as your wedding, food can be a really important component of how people feel at your wedding.


What are some of the things you should keep in mind when planning your wedding menu?

We’ve gathered some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Fresh, fresh, fresh. There’s no compromise on this – you should make sure your catering company chooses the best and freshest ingredients. From the greens used in your salads to the edible flowers in your special cocktail, each and every ingredient set on your wedding tables should be fresh. It will look better, taste better, and be far more satisfying for your guests.

  • Go local. Buying local produce for your wedding is great from a long list of points of view. For once, it will be simply easier to access – which circles back to our first point (because ease of access also means the produce will be fresher). Furthermore, local, homegrown ingredients just taste better. Last, but definitely not least, why not help out local economy if you have the opportunity?

  • Consider dietary options. You may not be able to plan a separate wedding menu for every type of dietary restriction under the sun. However, you can plan at least a vegetarian option, and you can also allow guests to opt out of dairy products. Also, try to avoid common allergens (like peanuts and gluten for example). If you have to use them in a wedding dish, be sure your guests are informed about this.

  • Comfort foods win the race! You really don’t have to serve extra fancy foods. You can, especially if the wedding itself is on the fancier side. However, the truth is that most guests are more than happy enjoying foods that are simpler and closer to “home”. From mac and cheese to pizza and doughnuts, all comfort foods can be successfully incorporated in your wedding – and people will love them. The key lies in presenting them in a cute, attractive way!

Whatever food you choose for your wedding day, be sure it represents you in terms of taste and even cultural heritage. Adding foods your family has been making for a long time or foods that pertain to your cultural ancestry can actually make the wedding feel more personal and unique, so don’t be afraid to do it!


Planning + Design: Burlap & Bordeaux | Catering: Martino’s Catering | Photography: Rewind Photography