Loving Spoonfuls: Food for Your Connecticut Wedding Reception
If you haven't been to a wedding reception where you were served a reheated stuffed chicken breast or dry roast beef, you probably haven't been to a wedding reception. When it comes to your wedding day, you want to do better for your guests, and that may mean thinking beyond standard reception hall fare.
If impressing your guests with your wedding repast is high on your priority list, the first thing you want to do is find out what restrictions your intended reception venue places on catering. If the venue requires you to use their catering staff and menu, be certain you are happy with the options they provide. Always, always, always, no matter how delicious the offerings sound, ask for a tasting session so you can see how the dishes you have in mind will be presented and taste. If the chef overcooks the salmon for your party of two, it won't be any better for two hundred wedding guests. Most wedding reception venues willingly offer tastings, so don't be shy about asking.
If budget is a concern, there are a number of ways to offer a delicious repast without breaking the bank. Consider emphasizing quality over quantity. Rather than having a mediocre all-you-can-eat buffet, have a cocktail reception featuring elegant and creative hors d'oeuvres and lighter fare. Maybe having a lot of food is important to you. In that case, a casual wedding with casual fare, like barbecue or a clambake, may be the way to go.
A morning wedding with a brunch reception also tends to be less expensive than an evening one with a sit-down dinner. If your tastes tend to the exotic, choose a reception venue where you can have Indian, Thai, or Chinese food catered. It will be delicious, different from the typical wedding fare, and probably much less expensive as well.