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The Basics Of Planning The Food Menu For Your Wedding


Weddings are joyous occasions that are often accompanied with drinks, wine and food to celebrate the union of two people. Every couple wants a beautiful wedding to remember for life. As such, having a proper wedding plan will help ensure that the event is magical and is just the way you and your future spouse have envisioned it to be.

Planning the food menu for your wedding can be quite a frightening task. With a large number of guests attending your special occasion, there is bound to be contradicting food preferences. However, you should note that the choice of food on your food menu should depend on your budget as well as the location of the event.

With these basics of planning the food menu for your wedding, you will be better prepared to feed your celebrating guests for a traditional wedding that you and your spouse will remember for life.

Traditional wedding reception

For a traditional wedding reception dinner, guests are served a plated sit-down meal at their tables. This type of wedding reception is often slightly more costly than buffet meals. In general, if you would like to hold a traditional wedding reception, your food menu should include Hors d’Oeuvres, appetizer, salad, sorbet, main course and dessert.

Hors d’Oeuvres

Waiters serve Hors d’oeuvres to your guests during cocktail hour. They could be either left on the table for your guests to walk around and choose what they would like or passed around. Most importantly, Hors d’oeuvres should be small enough to pick up with your hands to eat and without making a mess. No one wants to be seen with sauce stains on a new suit or dress or seen struggling to eat something that isn’t bite sized. Some ideas include:

  • Mini quiches or pies
  • Bacon-wrapped asparagus
  • Cheese platters
  • Meat skewers


Once seated at the tables, appetizers are served. Soups are often served as appetizers to whet your appetite for the meal without filling you up too much. Do ensure that you are able to serve your guests who may be vegan or vegetarian. Have them inform you of their specific dietary needs when they RSVP to your wedding invitations so that you are not caught in uncomfortable situations on your wedding night. Some soups that you could serve to your guests include:

  • Lobster bisque
  • Clam chowder
  • Mushroom soup
  • Creamed corn soup


After the appetizers, fresh salads are served. Typically, Caesar, antipasto and garden salads are served for weddings as they are classy and certainly very yummy.


Sorbets are cool and refreshing. Also, unlike ice cream, they are dairy-free! This item will prepare your guests’ palates for the rich main course that will be served shortly after this course. Some popular flavors for sorbets are lemon, orange and strawberry.

Main course

Main courses should consist of starch, vegetables and protein. A moderately sized main course will be ideal as seated dinners can be rather heavy due to the several courses served. Feeling full instead of feeling overly stuffed would also allow your guests to enjoy their evening better.  Some ideas for main courses include:

  • Beef Wellington
  • Prime rib
  • Salmon steak


Although the wedding cake may be served as dessert, there is no crime in serving another dessert! People from all walks of life always enjoy fun and whimsical desserts. Some ideas for dessert include:

  • Ice cream
  • An array of small pastries
  • Cookies
  • Strawberries dipped in chocolate

With these ideas, planning the food menu for your wedding might not be that daunting after all!


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