17 September 2011 3 Comments

Choosing the Right Menu for Your Wedding

If you are planning a wedding in San Diego or anywhere else in the nation, then you probably know that one of the most important things to consider when picking among reception sites is the menu. Though it seems like a simple detail, the menu can actually determine the overall price of your wedding. The variety of foods now served at weddings is truly astounding—as are the ways the meals are served. Because of this variety, there are a great deal of options available to modern brides. It all comes down to what the bride wants for her wedding, the budget, and what the venue can offer. While some venues will have extremely limited options—fish, chicken or beef for example—other venues can create just about anything the bride can imagine. When picking a venue, this should be a huge consideration. Some venues will insist they prepare the food in their own kitchens, but other reception sites, especially in San Diego where new ideas pop up everyday, will allow the party to bring in more specialized food from elsewhere.

With A Wedding, Variety May Be The Spice Of Life

The best wedding venues have several selections to pick from, as well as a variety of ways to serve the food. In San Diego, food stations are popular among brides, who like to give their guests several choices within one certain type of food. The stations could be roast beef, salmon, pasta, etc., so that there is something for everyone. Brides can choose a buffet-style service or have meals delivered individually. The way the food is served, and the variety of dishes offered, can often set the overall tone of the wedding. For example, Los Willows, one of the top wedding venues in San Diego, offers brides a huge variety of dishes, providing everything from pasta to kabobs. The venue even offers picnic lunches for weekday weddings, a cost-effective and charming alternative for brides who are either on a budget or want a reception that’s a bit more low-key. Not everyone has an unlimited budget, notes that Los Willows Wedding Director Liza Isaacson, which is why the best wedding venues in San Diego and elsewhere should have less expensive alternatives for cost-conscious brides.

Next time: Catering Trucks: A New Trend For Weddings

3 Responses to “Choosing the Right Menu for Your Wedding”

  1. San Diego Wedding Planner 8 August 2013 at 10:24 am #

    This is some great information! The couple should remember that the food should not only taste good, but that over 50% of the caterers job is to provide an experience. After all, when someone goes out to eat at a restaurant isn’t that what they want, an experience to remember. It is the same with feeding your guests at a wedding, it is the experience that is created by the food that the guest will remember!

  2. Los Willows Weddings 25 January 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    It is likely that the gratuity will be added to the final bill. Either way you should ask the catering companies. That way you can be prepared for any add-on expenses. Even if they do not appear to add the gratuity to the total, an extra 20% might be built in to the pricing.

  3. Serena Bacak 31 December 2011 at 2:35 am #

    I’ve gotten several bids/proposals from catering companies for my wedding next summer. Each of them inclue 18% gratuity except for 2 of them. When paying them, should I include a “tip”? If so, how much (%)?.


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