By Rhonda Alexander for Sun-Times Media
We all love the pomp and circumstance of a wedding ceremony, but let’s be honest, after seeing the bride’s dress, the next most anticipated part of the wedding is the reception – specifically the food.
Planning a menu that will satisfy all your guests can be a herculean effort and a budget-buster when considering the special needs of your guests.
The wedding cuisine doesn’t have to put a crimp in your budget if you choose a smart, efficient catering company that works diligently to make the wishes of the wedding couple come true.
My Chef Catering, winner of The Knot’s 2012 and 2013 Best of Weddings Award for Catering knows all too well that making the wedding couple’s needs and wishes a reality does not have to kidnap the whole budget.
“Traditionally, food is not the most expensive part of the wedding,” said Dominick Scafidi, director of catering sales for My Chef Catering for the past 17 years.
My Chef has a dual entrée plate that helps out financially. They also suggest smart factors to consider when planning your wedding cuisine.
Variety of food options – If you can’t afford a full-scale choice of beef, chicken, seafood and vegetarian options, it is certainly possible to make the best of what you can afford.
“Instead of just chicken breast, [provide your guests] chicken with pizazz,” said Bill Garlough, owner of My Chef Catering.
Garlough suggests a variety of poultry dishes that have some magic such as Chicken Francaise with a crème en glaze sauce – that way, it isn’t just a piece of chicken sitting there on the plate.
Time of Day – The time of day or even the day of the week may determine if you really need a cocktail hour with appetizers or a full bar. This can also determine the possibility of skipping a cocktail hour altogether. Additionally, varying the time of day can cut down on the costs of the food served. A brunch-style menu can reduce costs considerably because there isn’t as much work to do in preparing the food.
Formality – Food is a very important part of the entire event and many couples choose to use the menu as a time to celebrate their own traditions.
“The formality of the menu really depends on your traditions,” said Scafidi.
Some couples may choose to feature a selection of desserts or only have appetizers instead of a full-scale meal. Some couples may also choose to have food that celebrates their culture.
Of course the couple will want to consider any special needs guests may have such as, food allergies, restricted diets and lifestyle choices, but working with a catering company adept at handling the variety of issues that arise when planning a menu will ensure that guests feel welcome and enjoy themselves at the wedding and reception.
Regardless of restrictions, choosing a caterer that has experience providing menu options to satisfy the wedding couple will go a long way towards providing guests with scrumptious selections that are well received.
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