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Your wedding day is a wonderful excuse to indulge in your favorite bites and experiment with innovative new flavors. But, you'll also have to whittle down your wedding menu to only a handful of dishes. How can one possibly choose when every item on the catering menu is utterly irresistible? Our etiquette experts weigh in on the best guest-pleasing wedding menu items.
Before making a snap decision regarding your big-day dishes, think about the nature of your celebration. Is the affair casual or formal? Will the wedding take place during the summer or winter? And do a significant number of you guests share any particular dietary restrictions? These details will serve as directives towards dishes that suit the vibe of your wedding and the tastes of your guests.
After taking into account these initial considerations, you can begin to plan your menu based on the guidelines of a traditional three-course meal. A typical wedding meal will consist of a soup or salad appetizer, a meat or fish entrée with a vegetarian option for guests with dietary restrictions, and a dessert. Crowd-pleasing options will likely fall into the territory of classic cuisine paired with comfort foods, like a tomato soup or field greens appetizer, a filet mignon with potato gratin or chicken picata with greens as an entrée, and a light dessert like sorbet to accompany the wedding cake. More informal, universally beloved dishes to toss into the mix include grown-up renditions of childhood pasta recipes, custom barbecue dishes, and fare that makes use of local, seasonal fruits or vegetables. By taking into account your wedding particulars, your guests' preferences, and tried-and-true traditional wedding menu standards, you can fashion a dining experience that delights you and your guests.