Choosing the wedding menu<br><a href= target=_blank>Alina McGinty</a>

Do you remember any of the meals you’ve eaten at weddings over the years? I don’t, and that little fact is a big part of why Nick and I chose not to drop a ton of dough on food for the big day.

That’s not to say we’ll be serving steaming bowls of Ramen noodles to our guests. We want the food to be good. More importantly, there must be enough of it. If you run out of food, your guests are sure to remember it, possibly for years to come.

But good food doesn’t have to be crazy expensive food. It doesn’t have to blow our guests away with intricate presentation and complex flavors. It doesn’t have to be all that “Mainey,” since most of our guests are from this region. They’ve already experienced the lobster and blueberry thing, in other words.

Don’t get me wrong, the groom to-be and I love a good meal, even a fancy schmancy meal from time to time.  I have eaten foie gras and loved every decadent morsel of it. Nick has a weak spot for expensive cheeses.

We just figure that people don’t come to weddings to eat — they come to celebrate.  They expect to be fed a tasty meal that will fill their bellies (and, let’s be honest, absorb some alcohol), but not much more than that. The people we love don’t expect to be impressed.

Our tentative game plan is to serve a selection of three soups, a salad and a bunch of gourmet-ish sandwiches. I happily ripped this idea off from my sister’s wedding, after seeing how well it worked. We also snagged a chef friend of hers to provide the catering, and we’ve got an early menu sketched out. Split pea soup with parsnip and hazelnuts, mmmm.

We’re loving his ideas for simple, seasonal foods that are affordable but still rise above standard wedding fare. It’s especially refreshing after getting a catering estimate that exceeded our entire wedding budget. Still stunned by that one…

If money were no object, we’d be happy to go all out for an extravagant meal. For us, it came down to priorities. Less money spent on food means more money to spend on other things (read: honeymoon!)

Read the previous posts in Jackie’s wedding planning series:

The proposal

Will you be my maid?

Dress shopping

Engagement portraits

Torn between virtual planning tools

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  1. Love and Lobster
    19/04/2012 at 11:53 am Permalink

    That sounds like a lovely menu! The only thing I remember about wedding food is when it takes forever to get served and when it runs out. I think you’re right — if it’s fast and plentiful, people will be very satisfied.