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A July Wedding : Planning Your Wedding Reception Menu

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Hi Guys! July is so over , this is the last post in this series. We thank you for the support and all the questions you sent by E-mail. We've decided to make this final post special and tailored just for you :-)


I know most of the Brides to be will be planning a menu for their guests ( essentially ) bare in mind, this is YOUR day. Plan a menu with items that you and your groom would actually eat. Below are a few tips to help with your menu.

1. Stick to the budget: Planning a wedding should be a fun and exciting time in a Bride's life. There are un-planned things that could come up that can cause over budgeting. Find a Chef who is great at providing a menu that is within your budget and that is also what you want. From all the wedding shows I watched :-) Brides tend to start out  with a budget in mind, then when they meet with the Chef, then a luxury item like Lobster is added to the menu which sends the budget over the roof.


2. Don't Procrastinate: Traditionally, it takes 6 months to plan a Wedding. That's 6 month's to know exactly what you want and the type of food you would like to be served. Don't wait until you have 2 months left to scramble around trying to find a chef and so on. What if all the Chefs you know are booked? What if a particular Fish you want is not in season? The day you get engaged, start planning your menu and everything else in your head; write it down, then execute it!

3.Serve it in Style: Gone are the days when people used those traditional boring white dishes and silverware to serve their meals on. Pick dishes and silverware that are colored  and fun! Give your guests a treat after sitting for hours at a ceremony, then waiting until you arrive after taking pictures. After-all, its the least you can do. Times are modern and there is not one way that something has to be done.

4.  Have Options: It is a dream of mine to have a huge spread at my wedding ( if I do get married ) just because I'm a foodie. I'll be spending a lot of money and I just want to eat!  Have more than the traditional Fish or Chicken! Have Shrimp , Lobster , Vegetarian and whatever you like ( and can afford )


5. Switch up the Seating: This kinda has nothing do do with the menu but kinda does at the same time. Weddings consist of Family and Friends. These people might not mesh well with each other at times so it might not be wise to seat them together. I would say, put people together who you know actually talk to each other. This might not be so common here in Jamaica, as people tend to just sit anywhere they please.


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19 comments on "A July Wedding : Planning Your Wedding Reception Menu"
  1. It's important that you stick to your budget when planning a wedding as you have a lifetime of expenses that comes after.

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  2. So True ... there is life after the Wedding

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  3. I am anxiously waiting for my wedding day. lol super post. Budget is most important. Everything is planned according to that.

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    1. Yay ! I'm so glad you like it Hina :-) Anxiously awaiting my special day as well ...

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  4. Haha! Same, in my culture people just sit anywhere! Also I'd also add on, you have to have a guest list and in your mind how much people are coming you cant have people who haven't invited their. Which would compromise the food supply etc! Love your posts, I cant get to married haha!

    Rebecca | Blog

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    1. How could I forget the List ...lol .. that's the most important part ...it would be quite messy without it .. thank you

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  5. Great tips! And I agree, sit the people with whom they will actually talk with. And be creative with the menu!

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  6. These tips are very useful to me, especially that we are planning to do a big wedding next year and we have to be prepared. Oh, boy, I can't even imagine how many things I have to take care of! :)
    Hugs,
    Rally
    P.S.: Thank you for the support shown to my blog, I have followed back through Google too,

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  7. Planning a Big wedding sounds super exciting :-) Congrats on taking the next step ... please share pics with your blogger family

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  8. Yet to be in this stage. But I think this is useful.

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  9. Thought ful post really
    Thanks for post

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  10. Planning is the backbone of the well-organized wedding! Thanks for this tips!

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  11. My wedding was several years ago and I'm glad that my husband let me have a lot of final say on almost all aspects of the wedding. Ours was not big anyway but I made sure to stick to the budget.

    The most important for me was food and wine so I made sure a huge portion of the budget was spent there. I want my family and friends to remember that there was lots of it and they could go back for seconds and thirds. I've been to tons of weddings where I got so hungry that I can still remember these weddings but not the decor/gown/cake only that these weddings made me hungry due to lack of food! So avoid falling in to that category. Best of luck to you and the others who are planning their weddings!

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  12. Sticking to the budget sometimes has its luck when you find a quality service at a friendly price. Don't rush and stick to the plan.

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  13. I'm item to put a lot of these tips to good use! I have postponed our wedding a couple of times now (due to pregnancies :P) and this is a good, little list to have on standby.

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  14. The view is to die for, and provided a breathtaking backdrop to the ceremony and then dinner. Everyone who hadn't been there was blown away.

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  15. I love your short but straight to the point tips! Will show this to my friends who are getting married soon.

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  16. These are one of the things soon to be couples needs to keep in mind in choosing and getting the wedding cake, definitely it is must! 

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