Planning a wedding is a wonderful and exciting time, however, it can sometimes feel like the nitty gritty pieces like wedding catering make it harder than it needs to be. With many guests come many different tastes, and it can be overwhelming to try and cater to them all. The point is to enjoy the lead-up to your day, not to let something like catering get you down! We believe that you should enjoy planning for your big day, so we’ve pulled together a few tips on satisfying all of your wedding guests’ taste buds.
Don’t Let Restrictions Restrict You
Get a jump on any potential problems by checking with your guests for any dietary restrictions or allergies straight away. Having all the information from the outset will make it a lot easier to choose appropriate meal options. You’re also able to inform your catering company of any necessary precautions to be taken well before they actually have to worry about it. This gives you a lot more time and wiggle room when it comes to figuring out meal substitutes for vegan or vegetarian guests, or anyone with an allergy.
After all, no one wants to be served a plate with just a carrot and hummus on it.
Narrowing the Field
We’ve had a lot of experience in catering Wellington events and if there’s one thing we know, it’s that you have to start with a wide range of options and narrow them down. It may seem like this is difficult to manage with a lot of people, but it’s actually a lot easier than you think.
Look around at several companies’ catering menus and put together a quick questionnaire for your guest list about what options they prefer. Start with a large range of meal and dessert options on the questionnaire and collect answers on what the guests feel like having. Once you have an idea of what the general preferences for meals are, you can move on to our next tip.
Will RSVP for Food
Using the top three voted options for meals and the top three for desserts, create a meal RSVP card where guests can clearly indicate their meal choice. This is fairly standard practice in the wedding industry, and that’s because it is essential for you to know the number of meals you’re going to need. You don’t want to get caught on the day with too many fish dishes and all of the roast beef gone, and you don’t want hungry guests, either!
Three options for your meals and three dessert options is a good number of options for your guests as it’s not going to give them too much range, which can actually cause confusion on the day. Three is just enough range so you’re not restricting them between one meal or the other. This way, you can enjoy your day with the confidence that your guests will be satisfied with the food available.
Our Final Tip: Work with an Expert Catering Company
The wedding industry, like Baxters Catering. We offer spit roast catering, set wedding menus, and the full service on the day. Please send us a booking enquiry and we’ll get back to you to organise the details of your big day!