Planning a Wedding Reception Menu


It’s wedding season, can you hear the bells ringing? We are here to give you the down-low on everything you need to know about planning a reception menu.

When you find a potential caterer, plan a tasting (and don’t forget to have fun with it!) Remember, food is not only a meal! Food plays a significant role in our daily lives, especially special events with all the special people in your life.

Requesting guests in advance to provide their dietary restrictions and food allergies in advance will help determine the menu. With a variety taste buds at the wedding, the menu needs to appeal to a wide range of people.


Here are things to keep in mind:

– Allergies and dietary request, such shellfish, dairy and nuts
– Vegetarians – Make sure meals with no protein options are available
– Avoiding food that may be deemed as spicy
– The cleanliness factor: Is it easy to serve and eat? No one wants spaghetti sauce on their formal attire…
– Preservation of food – if you’re reception is outside, consider how to serve guests food without risk of spoiling it too quickly

Us at Rodeo Wagon are accustomed to building customized menus and understand the importance of creating a delicious meal that all guests can enjoy. This includes creating creative menus with staple items that are not difficult to serve, despite your dietary restrictions.


Developing an open, communicative bond with your caterer can change your wedding day mood from fatigue to fabulous. There’s a million and one things going on, make sure you stay energized throughout the big day. Before your wedding day, chat with your caterer about the menu items you’re particularly excited to try, and see if he or she can set some aside for you on the big day. Your caterer can also make sure that your dinner isn’t swept away too quickly or prepare a plate for you from the buffet so that you have a little more time to eat. Trust me, we know it makes a difference!

We want your day to be special, so please let us know any comments or suggestions on how we can do that for you at your next event.

Ciao for now!



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