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There are many things about planning a wedding that are stressful, but customizing your wedding reception menu should be fun and delicious. When you work with a caterer to create your dream wedding menu that will live up to your childhood wedding dreams, don’t be afraid to be picky, sample everything, and most of all, make it personal.

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Seared sea scallops with sterling caviar & flying fish roe

Schedule a tasting with your caterer

The first step to planning a wedding reception menu is to schedule a tasting with your caterer. When you schedule a tasting, let you caterer know the types of foods that you love and what you always imagined to be a part of your wedding. However, you don’t want to limit yourself, so let your caterer create some of their specialties for you to taste. You may be surprised and find something that you would never have thought of yourself. A tasting should be fun and relaxing. Getting to sit down with a professional chef and tasting delicious foods is one of the more fun aspects of planning a wedding, so enjoy it.

Keep it simple and personal

The point of trying everything is for you and your caterer to get to know each other a little better. When you are sampling, let your caterer know what you like and what you don’t like. From there, you can tweak and customize each dish so that every ingredient is something that you and your fiance love.

Typically, you’re going to find a lot more dishes that you love, and it’s natural to want to add everything to your menu. However, this day should be special and all about love, so be sure to choose the dishes and the ingredients that you really love. Pick a protein and a few sides and put effort into creating a few dishes that are personal to you and your partner. Great food is about quality, not quantity, so don’t be afraid to keep it simple.

Dietary restrictions

Creamy Nutella pudding with

Creamy Nutella pudding topped with coconut whipped cream, toasted hazelnuts, and shaved chocolate.

When you are sitting with your catering company for a tasting, be sure to let them know of any dietary restrictions and allergies. However, just because your aunt insists that she’s gluten intolerant doesn’t mean that you have to eliminate gluten from the entire menu. Just make sure that you have a few sides that will allow everyone to eat a full meal, and think about a vegetarian protein as well for those that won’t appreciate a nice piece of meat.

Kid-friendly wedding dishes

For the kids, talk to your caterer about making a few kid-friendly dishes. Even a simple burger or spaghetti bolognese can be plated beautifully so that the kid dishes don’t distract from the rest of the beautiful dishes on your wedding menu.

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Talk to an executive chef at DiAntonio’s to schedule a tasting and customize the perfect wedding reception menu.