The details of a wedding can seem never-ending. After scouring all the wedding venues in Wisconsin, you’ve decided to have a lovely, rustic-chic barn wedding. You have the decorations, invitations, colors, and save the date cards all ready to go; but what about the food? Creating the perfect ambiance for your wedding means creating a wedding dinner that reflects your big day.
1. Buffet or Sit Down
As you budget for your wedding dinner you will need to decide whether you want a buffet-style reception meal or a sit-down meal. A buffet offers more food options, allowing guests to choose their own food and gives off a casual feel—perfect for a barn wedding. However, a buffet meal can mean long lines and take away from a more elegant affair.
A sit-down reception meal is more formal, requiring waiters to deliver food by the plate. While this is the more elegant option, there isn’t much food choice for the guests and this option can sometimes be a little pricey.
2. Choose Your Food
As you prepare your menu, it’s easy to get carried away with all the culinary possibilities. Remember to keep it simple as you plan. Consider two types of meat options with simple side dishes that will complement each entrée. For instance; if you choose to have a beef or chicken option, roasted potatoes, salad and rolls would pair perfectly with each.
Work with your caterer on presentation and seasoning possibilities to turn a simple dinner into a memorably delicious meal.
3. Keep it Seasonal
Working with seasonal ingredients will help keep the meal fresh while also protecting the budget. Seasonal fruits and vegetables usually cost less and are at the peak of freshness which will enhance your reception meal. As you plan your menu, consider different ways to incorporate seasonal items into the meal. For example; watermelon brings a crisp and sweet taste to a salad and when frozen, can be blended into cool and refreshing drink options.
Whatever menu you choose for your big day, remember to do some homework and find a good caterer who will help you be creative with your wedding dinner.