The Best Wedding Menu for Your Budget at your Catering Hall
May 30, 2014 08:54 AM Back By Windows on the Lake
Seafood boats, sushi displays and Viennese hours, oh my! Wedding menu trends are fun and can absolutely set your big day apart from the crowd, but first let's start with the basics: dinner. A formal, sit-down dinner at your catering hall may be just what you've always envisioned, but it also requires a lot more staff and planning, which means you can expect to pay more. A buffet, on the other hand, is far simpler – and if laid out on a beautifully decorated table, can be just as elegant without blowing your budget.

Once you've planned a wedding menu that includes a delicious variety of foods that will appeal to your guests, you can start having fun with the extras your venue provides. A cocktail hour between the ceremony and dinner provides a nice transitional period for the event, and is always a big hit with your guests. For your dinner buffet, including a carving station, a pasta station or an oriental station won't wreck your budget, but will add flair. If you want something a little different, you might consider incorporating a colorful, fresh seafood boat or sushi display as well. Perhaps you want even more glamour. If so, a caviar or martini station is both elegant and timeless. If dessert is more your thing, one of the tastiest trends on Long Island is a Viennese hour; after all, who wouldn't be excited by the sight of an opulent dessert display, brimming with cakes, cookies, brownies, and chocolates?

Of course, all of these extras will increase your overall price of your wedding menu, so start by planning a great dinner as a base. Once you've done that, go ahead and add on from there; work with your catering hall to figure out what extras will be the most cost-effective for you. Just because you have to watch your dollars doesn't mean you should skimp on the menu. Food and drinks are important components when it comes to ensuring a good experience for your guests, so make sure you provide the best wedding your budget will allow.
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