Your food budget for your reception will probably represent a big chunk of the costs associated with your wedding. While there are lists all over the place giving you advice on which foods to serve, this one is a little different. It’s a list of tips about choosing which foods not to serve at your reception.
1. It’s Not All About The Meat
You might be tempted to just serve a bunch of different meats and call it a day. Chocolate lovers might think that serving only chocolate would be a good idea, or all cheese if the couple happens to enjoy cheese, but none of these “mono-menus” is a good idea. There are going to be lots of people at your reception, and that means lots of different palates to accommodate. The cardinal rule to keep in mind when deciding what not to serve, is that you need to try to accommodate as many of your guests as possible. This includes guests with allergies and younger guests, too.
2. More Involved Isn’t Always Best
When making decisions about what not to serve at your reception, remember that unless your wedding is very intimate, individually prepared dishes are probably not going to be a good idea. Keep your offerings simple and easy to prepare. Your guests will appreciate the food and it won’t be taking the spotlight off you and your new spouse.
3. Raw May Not Be Your Best Choice
It’s probably a good idea not to serve raw foods at your reception. Yes, sushi is awesome, and steak tartare, when prepared well, is a thing of beauty. However, keeping raw food at the right temperature and making sure your guests eat it before bacteria starts throwing its own party is a whole other issue. Food safety is very important at your reception, so steer clear of raw foods.
4. Your Fare Doesn’t Have To Be Typical
When deciding what not to serve, put all the traditional wedding offerings right at the top of the list. Your wedding should be a time of letting loose and having a ball, so there’s no need to think you need to serve all the same old tired wedding reception food. A wedding may not be a wedding without shrimp cocktail, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the tired shrimp cocktail everyone is expecting. Try spicing it up with your own twist!
5. Avoid Overdoing Exotic Offerings
You want to strike a good balance of foods when you’re planning your reception, with a little something to please each guest. While it’s important to avoid the tired, common reception fare, you don’t want to go too far to the other extreme, either. Try to strike a decent balance between familiar and unfamiliar foods when you’re deciding what to serve, and what not to serve, on your big day.