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How To Plan a Fantastic Wedding Menu

So you’ve already picked a dress, chosen your venue, flowers, and even the music for your wedding. You’ve imagined countless times how this momentous day is going to unfold down to the last detail.

Now, there’s only one crucial element missing: a wedding menu that will be the star of your reception! You’ve gathered your nearest and dearest to celebrate an amazing milestone—so you’ve got to ensure that the dishes embody just how incredible the celebration is. 

Fortunately, by following the tips outlined below, you can create a fantastic menu that will make you and your guests full of happiness. 

A platter of shrimp created by Food Dudes exclusive catering for The Loft on King

6 Tips to Creating a Memorable Wedding Menu

1. Offer Options

It’s your wedding, so the menu should reflect the food you love. Are you a vegetarian? By all means, serve your favourite vegetable dishes!

But at the end of the day, not everyone enjoys vegetarian dishes. The wedding menu is much like a gift to your guests; a way to thank them for taking the time to celebrate this special event in your life. 

To ensure everyone has a #HappyTummy, offer options. For example, if you’re a vegetarian, offer meat alternatives as a second choice—but let the vegetables take centre stage. When booking your wedding at The Loft, you have the opportunity to work with Food Dudes, our exclusive catering partner, on how they can highlight your preferences even with the presence of other options in the wedding menu.

2. Know Your Guests

Do you have the final guest list for the wedding reception? If you do, try to find out if any of them have dietary restrictions or food allergies.

The wedding menu is one of the most delicate elements of the occasion, one that’s hard to execute flawlessly. To prevent any untoward incidents, ask your guests if they are allergic to gluten, wheat, dairy, or any other ingredients. There are also dietary restrictions to consider. Are any of your guests diabetic? If yes, then adding a drink with less sugar to your beverage menu would give them a healthier choice. 

When booking your event, speak to one of The Loft’s expert team members about customized catering options. We will work with you to create a menu that fits your guests’ dietary needs.

3. Let Your Wedding Menu Tell Your Love Story

Everything about your wedding is personal—your dress, colour scheme, and decorations. So, why should the wedding menu be any different?

It would be interesting for your guests to get a glimpse of your love story through the food you’re going to serve them. For example, if you and your partner have travelled together, why not include the tasty dishes you’ve discovered from all the places you’ve been to?

If you’re a couple who loves trying new restaurants whenever you go out, you can feature a spin on your favourites from each restaurant. Even what you eat together for your movie nights—whether it’s just mac and cheese or ice cream— would make your wedding dinner menu choices more meaningful. 

Don’t forget to write a line or two to explain your story behind each dish on the wedding menu! 

4. Pay Attention to What’s in Season

If you’re getting married in the fall, you can draw inspiration from apples, butternut squash, pumpkins, and other fall ingredients. Consider zucchinis, avocados, and berries if you’re dreaming of a summer wedding.  

Fruits and vegetables that are in season will add to the flavour of your dishes because the ingredients are fresh. As an added benefit, a seasonally inspired wedding menu has a certain culinary flair you just can’t find in regular menus.

5. Decide on a Serving Style

Presentation is everything—so how do you want the food to be served? There are different kinds of serving styles to choose from: plated, sit-down service, buffet, hors d’oeuvres, canapé, etc.

Each of these styles has different requirements, and what you choose can affect the flow of the service, portioning of the food, guest options, and other details. The last thing you want is for the food to get cold, for your guests to wait too long, or still be hungry even after eating!

A bartender mixes cocktails at a wedding at The Loft on King

6. Pair Great Food With Even Better Drinks

No matter how delicious your food is, it won’t be complete without refreshing drinks. For a wedding menu your guests will rave about, why not take your curation a step further by pairing certain food and drinks together?

For example, champagne and salty food complement each other; and merlot is great with beef and lamb. There are many ways to pair food and drinks together. Not only will the food and beverages heighten each other’s flavour profiles, but the presentation will also be Instagram-worthy! 

Work on Your Dream Wedding Menu with The Loft on King

The Loft on King is Toronto’s top wedding venue space, set in a historical building in the heart of King West.

Don’t stress about the details of planning your wedding menu – speak to our event specialists about The Loft’s exclusive catering partnership with Food Dudes. Whatever you’re dreaming up for your wedding menu, we’d love to bring it to life.