Brides New York: 7 Expert Tips for an Unforgettable Wedding Menu from Sonnier & Castle

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NYC Wedding Caterer Sonnier and Castle Tips for Wedding Menu

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Since the company's inception in 1997, Sonnier & Castle has taken a unique approach to wedding catering. "When we first launched the business, our clientele was younger and their point of reference was the food they enjoyed in New York's top restaurants rather than traditional catered dinners," recounts owner David Castle. With a keen eye for detail and an impressive roster of top NYC chefs, Sonnier & Castle's offerings are fit for the foodie couple who really want to impress their guests with their wedding menu.

So what exactly takes a catered affair from basic to unforgettable? Sonnier & Castle shared their top seven tips for impressing your guests with one of the best parts of a wedding — the food!

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Go local: Choose your menu based on local ingredients that will be in season for your wedding. Think: sweet corn at an August soirée in the Hamptons. This will provide a special experience for your guests as well as dishes with maximum flavor.

Remember it's all about the presentation: Feel like everyone is serving shrimp during the cocktail hour? Jazz up the display with a custom ice creation, such as the ones by Okamoto Studio. Also think beyond the white-rim plate. Serve your first course on something unexpected that complements the food being served such as a Himalayan pink salt block or a natural slate platter.

Mix high and low: Serving caviar canapés followed by pigs in a blanket will be sure to please all your guests and keep them guessing about what delicious food will be coming up next!

Change the schedule: Shake up the three course routine. Serve dessert as passed sweets in another room or serve the first course while guests are seated before a main course a buffet. Or consider adding an extra, small course such as an amuse-bouche. One of our most popular choices is seared scallop with pear mouse and pancetta brittle.

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Embrace the DIY trend: Create opportunities for guest interaction with a make-your-own buffet stations. We're not talking a cheese-and-crackers display either. An S&C client favorite is the ramen bar, where guests can choose up to 12 delicious ingredients.

Do a throwback: Serve nostalgic favorites like Rice Krispie treats and Mallowmars that have been recreated with gourmet sensibility. Because who doesn't love an upscale rendition of their favorite childhood treat?

Give a doggy bag: Send guests off with an edible and personalized favor, such as you and your new husband's favorite sweet-and-salty snack with custom packaging.

How are you personalizing your wedding menu? Share your tips by tweeting us @BRIDES!

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