What's on your menu?

Deciding on the food and drinks is only the first step when it comes to catering for your wedding guests, we look at some helpful tips that will leave your taste buds tingling.

  • Story by Words Gertrud Wagner

Deciding on the food and drinks is only the first step when it comes to catering for your wedding guests, we look at some helpful tips that will leave your taste buds tingling. 

- Think about how you want to eat as this may dictate the kind of food you need. Says Sue of her beachside wedding at Piha, Auckland, “We didn’t want a sit down meal. We wanted people to mingle outside. Noodle boxes were perfect for our catered grazing menu. And cleaning up was kept to a minimum.”

- Adopt a mature, realistic attitude to choosing your dishes. Don’t get hung up on keeping everyone happy. Aim to please your guests but ultimately, it is your day. “We understood who our guests were,” says Sue. “There was a close selection of around 60 people who, like us, enjoyed good, fresh food. Being foodies ourselves, vegetarians were catered for by default and those with particular food intolerances informed us. We didn’t want a wedding cake and instead chose to have a selection of sweet treats.”

- Find a caterer in tune with your vision. Ask family and friends for recommendations. Sue says, “You shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions and you should feel comfortable talking and even emailing your caterer. We were given ideas and examples. We also brought our own ideas to the table. We came up with an Asian-influenced menu which was fresh, tasty and healthy.”

- Avoid the temptation to jump into organising on the day. Rest assured your preparation will be enough and any hired help will make sure things run smoothly.

- Have a budget but be flexible. “Being particular about the quality of food was a given as my husband and I really enjoy food,” Sue says. “But then there were the other incidentals we hadn’t factored in, including the food-related equipment hire, the bartending and wait staff, the platters and noodle boxes. But we weren’t prepared to compromise on what we considered one of the most important aspects of our wedding day. And we were more than happy with the result – as were our guests. The food was raved about. A memorable occasion was what we wanted, and we got it.” 


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