My fiancé and I had our food and cake tasting in early February which is unusually early to do it. However, I am so thankful we did because since then that area has become a hot zone for the COVID-19. If we didn’t do it then, we likely would not have been able to do the tasting until summer. The COVID-19 has really put a damper on wedding and honeymoon planning but I’m trying to stay positive. At this point, all I can hope for is that we still have a wedding.
I have to admit, the tasting was the part I was looking forward to the most. I learned a lot through the process so here are some of my tips:
- You should be thinking about what your guests want to eat but also what you and your partner want to eat. Don’t be afraid to stray from the normal beef and chicken option.
- Ask the catering service about how the accommodate dietary restrictions. I was under the impression that if we had guests attending that are vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerant, etc. then we would have to pick an option for them. In our case, we can still pick whatever meal options we want, and if guests notify us of a dietary restriction we can notify the catering and they will make a separate meal for them.
- For cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres, think about your guests and weather. Maybe don’t serve something that is meant to be hot during the hot summer months. Think about how easy it is to eat and hold. We tried a ceviche that was incredible but have since eliminated it from the list. We realized it will be too challenging for guests to manage holding a drink, a cup, and a spoon while mingling.
- If you have other wedding appointments in the same day, schedule the tasting last. I made this mistake! Our tasting was the second appointment of the day and we had more appointments after. The first issue with this is that we were in a food coma the rest of the day. The second issue is that our catering served us full plates of each item to both of this. We couldn’t put it in to-go containers since we had more appointments and a two hour drive after. I did not want to risk it spoiling in the car.
- When it comes to determining meals, appetizers, and drinks guest should be heavily considered. However, when it comes to the cake, you should think outside the box and do what you want. Not everyone will eat cake regardless of what kind of cake you serve.