Not everyone can afford to spend thousands on wedding caterers but that should not deter them from serving their guests an appetizing meal that is visually stunning. There are several factors to consider when self-catering a wedding.
How much food is enough?
To determine this you have to take into consideration what time of the day is the wedding taking place. If the wedding is taking place after guests have eaten lunch or dinner they will eat a lot less at your event. If you are having an afternoon wedding, people will expect a cocktail hour and dinner. Morning weddings call for a light brunch.
Another factor that affects the foods that you will be serving is the time of year that your wedding is planned for. in the warmer months it is best to serve cold and refreshing foods. Shrimp, lobster and salads are great foods to serve for spring weddings. In the cooler months hot savory foods are a better choice.
If you are not using wedding caterers to prepare your food then you also have to consider how long the service will last. Keeping the food at serving temperature is a huge consideration. Then there is the set-up and serving to be done. You have to decide if you will hire severs or ask friends to step up. When using professional wedding caterers there is almost always an appetizer course. These can be served during the cocktail hour. Having a cocktail hour gives you ample time to get the food set up for service.
One of the major considerations when planning a wedding is how to best accommodate guests dietary needs. Food allergies, lactose intolerance and medical issues can pose great threats to some guests. When planning your wedding menu you have to know in advance who these people are and what you will need to do to accommodate them.
As you can see there are a lot of things to do and consider when you plan to cater your own wedding. That is why most brides find it infinitely easier to hire professional wedding caterers. It is easy to find local wedding caterers, simply log-in to iwedplanner.com, sign up for your free wedding website, download the free wedding planner apps for iPhone, iPad or Android. With these tools you can not only plan your wedding you can also locate the best wedding caterers in your area.