With clients like Madonna and Kim Kardashian, Wolfgang Puck knows how to party (be sure to check out his top recipe picks for newlywed couples). That's why we turned to the world-famous celebrity chef—who's catered 142 events this year alone—for his wedding catering tips and tricks. From trending food crazes to registry advice and toast timing, no stone (or buffet tray?) is left unturned. Here, Puck's best party-ready wedding food and drink advice.
I love the miniature-food trend.
If an appetizer cannot be eaten in a single bite, it's too big!
The coveted raw bar is tricky to pull off.
It can get very messy and can inspire people to form a line like they've never eaten before.
__Stick to your wedding budget... __
Even if it's $10,000. There is nothing worse than fighting about money with your husband.
...But I am not on board with serving cheap wine.
Or closing the bar early.
__What's the number one cocktail-hour crowd-pleaser? __
Smoked-salmon pizza with caviar. Trust me. It's the hors d'oeuvre to kick off the evening right.
Buffets and action stations are for casual affairs.
If you want formal, have a seated dinner with calligraphed menus and place cards, and serve four or five exciting courses rather than the typical three. And try to avoid filet mignon. Everyone's burned out on filet mignon.
You can't go wrong with champagne.
Krug, Dom Pérignon, Laurent-Perrier... I love it on its own, with seasonal fruits, in a kir royale, or in a white-peach Bellini. And if you can't afford the real stuff, prosecco is a perfectly acceptable alternative.
Schedule toasts in between dance sets.
Some couples don't like to interrupt the party with too many speeches, but you've gone through all the trouble to plan and decorate. Don't rush it. Let people celebrate you.
Yes, you've got to serve wedding cake.
No, it doesn't have to be crazy flavors. At my wedding, we had my favorite, strawberry and lemon.
Definitely have an after-party.
And offer simple guilty pleasures like chocolate-peanut butter rice pops!
Ask your guests to contribute to your honeymoon.
Travel is the best gift they can give you. A flight to Bora Bora is better than kitchen gadgets. and ask for cooking lessons too. Cooking should be something you enjoy doing together. If one of you is the better chef, the other can do the chopping.
—As told to Lauren DeCarlo
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