It’s November! The season for hot chocolate, crackling fireplaces, and (our personal favourite) engagements! If you recently gained a little extra sparkle on your left hand you’re probably starting to dream about your big day and begin planning out what you want it to look like. A crucial piece of how your wedding will feel for you and your guests comes from your menu! But before you begin reaching out to caterers (and when you do, give us a call!), take a look at our tips on planning the perfect wedding menu.
Pick (and stick to) a budget
Wedding planners will warn you away from trying on wedding dresses that are out of your budget, lest you end up pining for a gown that’s more than what you can afford. The same goes when planning your menu- be upfront about how much you’re able to spend on your dining experience; a great caterer will work with you to find a menu and service style that will meet your needs while still delighting your friends and family. We offer a variety of service styles, from a formal, multi-course plated dinner to a lively passed canapé reception with chef and action stations, and everything in between!
#Protip: If you can’t afford an open bar but still want to create a hosted feel, talk with your caterer about having a few bottles of wine on the table for guests, coupled with a toonie or cash bar.
Make it Personal
We believe food is a great way to tell a story, and your wedding day should be all about telling the story of you and your partner. Did you go out for oysters on your first date? A pop-up oyster bar could be a sweet nod to the beginning of your love story. Was there a specific bottle of champagne you purchased to celebrate your engagement? Why not have that be the bubbly in your guests’ glasses for your first toast? Our chefs love working with couples to find out how we can create a story out of your menu that is as unique as you!
#Protip: Go the extra mile with personalization and ask your caterers about using a food printer to add your initials or wedding hashtag to cookies or other treats!
There’s nothing quite like a rhubarb lemonade in March, or a roasted Brussels sprouts salad in September! That’s because you’re getting these items when they’re in season, which means you get your produce when it’s at its best. At Fork+Farm, we handcraft everything from scratch, so our chefs use only the finest, seasonal ingredients to make dishes filled with the most flavour. Talk with your caterer about what’s in season and how you can get the most out of your produce!
#Protip: Keep in mind that seasonality varies by region! If you’re planning a destination wedding, what’s in season there may be different there from what’s in season here.