I have been in the event/wedding planning business for over 20 years and I can tell you that food, of course, is the most important thing at a wedding, even if you are not a “foodie”! The food is the most important thing your guests are going to talk about, along with the entertainment.
If the food is bad you will know! People will talk, your friends will tell you, and your family will call to make sure you were told so you can try to do something about it…all in the name of being helpful, of course!
The most important thing to remember is this: People are coming hungry and they are expecting to eat well.
Wherever you decide to have your reception, be sure to read the reviews on food and service before setting up an appointment. Have a tasting and if they do not offer one pay for a meal in their dining room. You do not want to leave your wedding day food up to chance. If your food and service is good in the restaurant, it will also be good on the banquet side.
You can have the loveliest, priciest centerpieces and table linens; they are forgotten as soon as the guests get home. Serve a bad meal, however, and your guests will remember it forever. Remember, people are giving a gift, getting sitters, taking time off of work all for you.
When selecting your menu, keep in mind that your are choosing for the masses. You do not need to pick a gluten-free meal for everyone because that is what you eat. Your menu needs to be diverse! With that in mind, always be sure to ask your wedding venue if they will prepare specialty meals to accommodate your guests’ dietary restrictions. Any good venue will be happy to accommodate this as they want to book a wedding! If they will not work with you, not do not book your wedding there. The last thing you want is to be disappointed with the food and service the day of your wedding.