I’m new to blogging, and I’ve been stretching for a little inspiration to get started. So, I asked my Facebook friends, “If you were planning a wedding, what would you want to read about in a blog?” I got a few different responses, but for the most part, it all came back to food. A lot of already married friends responded to tell me what they’d served at their own weddings or about dishes they remembered from other long ago weddings. And a few single friends mentioned ideas they would like to use at their own weddings someday.
But surprisingly, the menus I heard about most were not your average wedding fare… there were no mentions of fancy dishes or $100 plates. No, the wedding menus that were most remembered were those inexpensive, home style specials that were created by loved ones for smaller, intimate weddings or for those couples who didn’t have a lot of money to spend.
Remember, simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy. If you are planning to provide your own food, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
- How long will it take to prepare the food?
- How much of the meal can be prepared in advance?
- How will the food taste if it is prepared in advance and reheated?
- Do you have enough people to help set up the food so you do not get stuck spending your wedding day in the kitchen?
- Is there enough time between ceremony and reception to set up the meal?
- How will you keep the food warm (or cold, depending on the dish?)
In my Simple Wedding Reception Menus blog series, I will be bringing you a variety of ideas that you can prepare yourself or have a few trusted friends and family members prepare for you. Some of these will be hearty, home cooked meals while others are suitable for serving at a country club. And if you’re interested in learning what not to do when choosing your wedding menu, I’ll have a few tips for you on that as well.