Guest blogger Mary-Anne Lowe – CEO Of BRAMLEIGH RECEPTIONS shares her views on Food glorious food.. you hope!
One of the most common questions asked by brides to be is in the search for the perfect reception is “can we taste the food?
This is always a curly question for some venues as if they are not a wedding specialist venue, they may be too busy running conferences or a restaurant to be able to dedicate events to ensuring that the bride and grooms are confident in their menu choices.
Every couple has the same niggling thought when looking at venues, how do I know the food is great. No one wants the wedding to be remembered as the one where everyone was starving and had to go to maccas on the way home from the wedding.
Menu selections vary widely depending on the style of reception you are considering; however the majority of weddings are comprised of a three course sit down meal with alternate service for the guests.
Spring and summer weddings – the client often looks for a lighter entrée option as it may be much warmer, so thai beef salad and salt and pepper calamari are both options that the guests will love and not over indulge themselves with.
Main course sees the traditional options of a red and white meat, however Herb crusted rack of lamb is always top of the list. Desserts vary from a Pavlova covered with fresh berries and double cream, citrus tart or my personal favourite crème brulee. Winter weddings generally sees a choice of much heartier meals, lots of creamy soups to warm the guests, (alternative soup shots are a great pre dinner alternative) lamb shanks and hot desserts feature strongly including sticky date pudding.
Special dietary requirements are catered separately so when considering the menu options, look at what two meal options would the majority of guests enjoy?
Trust me, it’s not the random fish dish or the most expensive sounding one. Aim to choose meals that the guests will recognise and enjoy. An important note about dietary requirements is to ensure that your invitation has the option for the guests to rsvp any special meal requirements.
You may be surprised to know that up to 10% of guests may have a special dietary requirement and some may not have heard of vegetarian, lactose, gluten-free, fructose are just the tip of the iceberg, and the only way that the wedding meal is not compromised for those guests is by providing the relevant notice to your wedding venue.