You want your wedding day to be absolutely perfect. Part of that perfection comes from the dress. Part of it comes from the venue. Part of it comes from the decor. And part of it comes from your partner and your guests. But an important part of it is the food. People love to eat, so give them something delicious to remember after you and your new spouse run off to your condo rentals in Puerto Vallarta. Here are some of the things you'll need to think about when you're sitting down with the caterer to plan the menu.
Meal or Refreshments?
Most people, whether they're a rich lawyer in Ontario or poor as a church mouse, like to have a full meal at their wedding reception since they're asking guests to give up nearly their whole day to the wedding. However if you want to be modern, you can consider having an array of hors d'oeuvres instead of a full meal. This will be a lot cheaper than having a full meal and it means you don't have to set out as many tables.
Sit Down or Buffet?
When you're deciding whether to have a formal sit-down meal or a buffet table that your guests can pick at, consider your crowd. If you've got a lot of young members from your graphic design firm in Toronto they might like to get up and move around. However if you're trying to keep control over your guests in order to have speeches and such, sit down meals are much better, as everyone generally has assigned seating, which you can use to prevent clashes between guests who don't like each other.
Open Bar or Cash?
Your guests will no doubt prefer that you give them free booze all night, but your bill from your Toronto caterer will be much higher if you go this route. A cash bar is considered tacky in some circles, but at least if your Uncle Joe has to pay for his drinks he might be less likely to get drunk and ruin your first dance.
Set Meal or Menu?
The easiest option, from the viewpoint of a company that does wedding catering in Hamilton, is to have one meal prepared en masse for everyone rather than going the restaurant route and letting people choose. You can strike a compromise, however, by offering one or two options, or by having a vegetarian/gluten free option for guests you know have special dietary requirements.