A great celebration has great food. Not only that, but the style of the menu should make sense with the style of the event. These are some tips on how to match your wedding food to your venue to create the reception style that you desire.
What would you think if you went to a five star restaurant and they served you chicken nuggets? Or if you went to a cocktail party and were served foods requiring a knife and fork to eat, yet you had to eat standing up? When the food does not match the place, the meal feels out of whack, and makes for a bad experience, even if it is delicious food. That is why it is so important to plan a menu for your wedding which suits the location and general style of your wedding! It is not about one type of food being better than another, but rather choosing the meal which makes sense for the party you are having.
Some brides are traditional. They like pearl bridal jewelry sets, engraved invitations, and country club wedding receptions. For that type of wedding, a fairly traditional style of menu would be appropriate. Think filet mignon, roasted asparagus, and red bliss potatoes. It may not be creative, but it will be delicious prepared well. After all, people love going to classic steak houses like Ruth Chris for a reason – the food is familiar, but prepared exceeding well. That is the perfect combination for a traditional wedding. Just be aware that traditional foods which are not prepared and presented well (dry chicken, unseasoned vegetables, cold potatoes) make for an utterly forgettable dinner and will detract from the experience of your wedding.
Some brides are modern. Maybe your dream wedding is one held in a unique space like an alternative art gallery or an urban loft. The traditional country club dinner would feel entirely too standard for a reception with a contemporary flair. Opt for more creative and contemporary cuisine to suit the style of your wedding. Stations work particularly well for this type of reception, as it allows you to offer your guests an eclectic selection of your favorite foods, whether you love Asian-fusion, heirloom bacon, or sushi. Just be sure that you have enough recognizable foods that all of your guests will be able to find plenty of things they will want to eat.
Some brides are casual. Perhaps you love weddings held in fields, handcrafted bridal jewelry sets, and bluegrass music. Exotic cuisine would seem out of place at your wedding, so opt for down-home favorites, with an emphasis on comfort foods. A buffet style or family service works best for very informal receptions. You could have a mashed potato bar, mac and cheese shooters, chicken fried steak, fried green tomatoes, or whatever else floats your boat. Feel free to include regional favorites like shrimp and grits or Texas brisket on the menu too. One important thing to remember when serving very casual foods is to make the presentation pretty enough for a wedding. Foods should also have a definite homemade appeal, which means no mac and cheese from a box.
Matching the style of the wedding food to the location just makes good sense. So if you are having your wedding on a farm, include plenty of farm-fresh vegetables, goat cheese, and the like. For a beach wedding, opt for foods with a tropical flair like fresh fish and pineapple. When the menu matches the venue, the entire wedding experience will be enhanced.