Gay Wedding Food Extravaganza: 5 Catering Tips and Tricks
The one mistake grooms- and brides-to-be often make is overlook the importance of great food when planning their wedding. Yes, everyone will hold a dear and misty memory of the two of you walking down the aisle, and over time the recollection of the venue and decorations will become vague and blurry. However, the one thing that remains forever etched in people’s mind is the great food and the laughs shared at tables. This is why it’s paramount to pay special attention to this part of your wedding reception, and that’s exactly why we’re here today, with all the little hacks that will help you create a wonderful feast.
Budget comes first
Before you can dive into anything, you need to do set a realistic budget. Having a certain vision is great, but it’s no use if your finances can’t handle it. One of the tricks you can implement is creating two separate guest lists – A and B. The As are the people you definitely have and want to invite, the Bs are the people you like but the world wouldn’t come to an end if they didn’t attend. Send your save-the-date cards to the A-listers first and every time one of them RSVPs no, send an invite to the first person from the B list. That way you avoid the additional cost and don’t end up sacrificing your catering scenario A.
Put yourself in the hands of professionals
If you want a truly exquisite and even a tad decadent feast, don’t try to DIY your way to perfect food. Leave it to professionals to do all the work for you. There are amazing catering companies in NYC, and as it’s a well-known fact that New York boasts some of the best possible catering services in the world that are there to ‘cater’ to every need and vision. You should definitely take your time, browse, meet with a couple of them and then decide on the one whose vision matches yours. Many of them offer food tastings, so make sure you take this step, that way there will be no potential unpleasant surprises on the big day.
Pick a style
Nowadays, there’s an abundance of wedding dining styles to pick and choose from, and they’re all great in their own way. You have a classic sit down, buffet, stations and passed bites. While they all come with a set of pros, there are also cons to keep in mind. When you organize a buffet, you run the risk of the food getting cold or even worse – that you run out of it. The disadvantage of stations is definitely the line. Your guests came to have fun, not stand in a line waiting for their meal to be prepared. That leaves us with traditional sit down and passed bites, which are both wonderful options, and the final decision is just a matter of personal style and preference – do you want people mingling or sitting down for a classy meal? This is the only decision you have to make.
Cake, cake, cake!
If you kick things off with an incredible and extravagant meal, the cake is the great finale and that means only one thing – it simply has to be equally if not more amazing. As you’re planning a gay wedding, why not have a cake that reflects that? It doesn’t have to have a rainbow-colored flag sort of cake, but it should definitely feature a splash of color and a touch of flamboyance to it. You can go with something white decorated with rainbow colored roses, or keep it simple and elegant on the outside and have the guests discover the abundance of color on the inside. A little (or a lot) of color never hurt anybody.
A staff of many
If you want everything to go swimmingly, make sure that you hire enough staff to cover the event – meaning everyone from bartenders to servers to station attendants. You don’t want to keep your esteemed and beloved guests waiting to be served, and with enough staff, all the glasses will be full and everyone’s plate will be on the table at approximately the same time.