Creating a Menu for Each Wedding Event

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Menus and food are one of the most important parts of planning any event, especially a wedding. The food served at a wedding will be talked about for years and it will be a part of the bridge and grooms memories for years to come. Additionally, all of the other wedding events involve food and some type of a menu. Make sure you are putting enough thought and consideration into your menu choices for the following wedding events.

The engagement party
The engagement party is about celebrating the new engagement of the couple. It is a celebration of the upcoming wedding festivities and in a sense, it kicks off the wedding planning season for the couple. The menu that you choose for this event will set the tone for the rest of the events. For example, organizing a small backyard BBQ will show your family and friends that you are opting for a low key and casual planning process. By throwing a big engagement party at a local venue with plated meals, you are showing your guests that they can expect a formal wedding planning season.

The bridal shower
The bridal shower is about showering the new couple with items they might need for their new home. Gifts usually include home appliances, towels, and bedding. A traditional bridal shower takes place in a venue, sometimes the same place as the wedding receptions take place. Some brides, however, choose to have a more casual bridal shower. Choose your bridal shower menu based on the type of event. Additionally, because the bride does not traditionally plan her own bridal shower, the menu choices are often left up to the female relatives of the bride. For this reason, the menu does not always relate to the menu of the other wedding events.

The bachelorette and bachelor parties
The male does not get as many celebrations in the wedding planning process as the female does. However, he does get a bachelor party. Current traditions also mean that the female also gets a bachelorette party, the female version of the bachelor party. This is probably the most low key event of the entire wedding planning season. It is a celebration of friends and the bridal party. It is the bride and grooms last chance to go out on the town as a single individual. There is usually not a specific menu planned and instead, food might include a local restaurant or finger foods at one of the bridal parties houses.

The rehearsal dinner
The rehearsal dinner is the last wedding celebration before the big day. It gives the bride, groom, and close family members a chance to soak in the excitement of the upcoming event. This event is usually covered by the bride and groom and a meal similar to the catered weddings is served. The rehearsal dinner, however, in more modern times, can also be more low key. Some couples are opting for a more casual event, to take off some of the stress of the wedding planning season.

The wedding reception
This is the biggest, and most planned for event. A lot of thought, planning, and money goes into the menu for this event. Some couples will choose to go with full production weddings with five course plated meals and some will choose a buffet option. Every year, an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the United States, so it is important to choose a venue and menu as soon as possible. In fact, it is a good idea to book your wedding reception site as soon as possible, at least a year to nine months before the wedding. You will also want to set your menu as soon as possible. Over half (56%) of all brides are dedicated to providing excellent food at their wedding and this perfection takes time.

Planning a wedding and all of the associated events is a lot of work. You have to figure out menus for not just one event, but all of the other events like the engagement party, the rehearsal dinner, and the wedding reception itself. Give yourself plenty of time and take each event one step at a time.

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