Planning a wedding takes a lot of time and attention to details. There are hundreds of decisions that need to be made like choosing the wedding cake, dress and flowers. You will need to find wedding food ideas that will satisfy your guests. Reception meals can be anything from catering services to a buffet line that serves light snacks. Wedding menu ideas can be found by browsing wedding party publications and magazines. Catering services such as Noosh in Brisbane offer a worry-free way to serve wedding party guests, but it can cost a lot of money. If you are planning your wedding on a strict budget, then you can save money by choosing to serve finger foods at the reception.
Wedding Menu Ideas
A tempting array of light foods can be served throughout the evening and allow your guests to snack and dance rather than having a dinner service that is over in under one hour. Wedding food ideas such as having a bowl of fruit next to the wedding cake will ensure that guests who cannot eat sugar has a healthy alternative. Food choices should also depend upon the time of year when you get married. Fresh fruits can be attractively displayed on buffet tables with coordinating flowers.
Serving appetizers instead of a meal is gaining in popularity over the past few years. This allows guests to mingle without being forced to sit down for dinner. If you plan to have live music, then you will want your guests to dance. Divide several buffet tables into stations such as an appetizer station, drink station and a pasta station. A sweets bar can offer different types of desserts such as cookies, pies and brownies. Appetizers such as stuffed deviled eggs, chicken salad tarts and a simple antipasto platter will give your guests something to eat without filling them up too much.
Boiled shrimp with cocktail sauce is a popular appetizer that is served at weddings. More favorites include curried chicken salad tea sandwiches, buttery herb cheese baskets and antipasto skewers. The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing wedding reception appetizers. Consider foods that can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. When the time comes to serve, just take them out of the refrigerator with serving utensils.
Save Money on Drinks
The best way to save money on drinks is to either not serve alcohol or ask guests to bring their own bottle. You will also save money if you only serve wine and beer instead of alcoholic mixed drinks. Serve nonalcoholic drinks such as fruit smoothies, frozen mocha or soft drinks. Wine and beer can be purchased inexpensively in bulk.
Decorating the Reception Area
You will need to plan for decorating the reception area the day before the wedding. If you are getting married inside a church, then this is easy to accomplish. The reception area sets the stage for the party. If you are getting married outdoors, then you can rent everything you need from a wedding supplier including tents, tables and chairs. Buy tablecloths that match and place on all tables. Consider adding flower vases with colorful blossoms to decorate the tables. Engraved napkins should also be placed on the reception tables. There are hundreds of wedding reception ideas on the Internet. Choose a theme that coordinates with the colors in your wedding reception. Flowers should be fresh and ordered several weeks before the wedding.
Reception Planning Tips
Do not plan too many events during the reception since there will already be plenty of activities taking place. There is the entrance, toasts, first dance, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss plus the exit. Transportation for the bride and groom should be made several weeks in advance. Consider hiring a chauffeured limousine to transport the bride and groom to a local hotel for the night. Chances are they will not be leaving for their honeymoon until the next day.
A stretch limo does not cost a lot of money. Most limo companies charge a minimum fee for at least two hours of service. The wedding party can take lots of great pictures of the happy couple getting into their luxurious limousine. Plan to throw confetti as the couple heads to the limo. Birdseed is a good alternative to rice since it will not harm the local birds. You can also cut up shredded paper but be sure to clean up the mess after the couple leaves. Ask the limo service to park outside of the reception and wait until the couple is ready.
About Archie Ward
This post comes from Archie, marketer and blogger for Noosh Catering. A keen reader, writer, and traveller, Archie has spent a good deal of 2015 so far attending weddings, eating and drinking his way through each and every one of them.