One of the biggest decisions couples have to make after choosing the venue for their destination wedding here in Central Oregon is what to serve their guests at the reception. Should it be a formal or intimate wedding with a sit-down dinner, a casual buffet, or just cocktails and hors d’ouevre? Whatever the choice, first consider your guests. Are there a lot of children or elderly guests? Are there guests with special dietary needs? Carefully planning a menu will make sure all guests enjoy their meal.
After an initial discussion with our Catering Manager/Chef, she will suggest sample menus and help with the decision. A formal, sit-down dinner is the most traditional style. The more casual buffet allows the guests to have more of a decision in what they eat, but still retain the formality of beautifully decorated tables and a seating plan. A slightly more informal reception is to have cocktails and hors d’ouevres with stylish presentation and tasty bites. Just make sure you serve a substantial amount of food, as your guests will expect enough to substitute for a full dinner. There’s really no limit to what you serve, it’s your wedding after all. Barbecues, brunch, picnics, are all great for indoor and/or outdoor weddings.
Those who choose a sit-down dinner usually send the wedding invitees a response card that includes not only whether they will attend, but also a dinner selection. Usual selections are poultry, fish or red meat and some include a vegetarian option. Your guests may expect to be served a salad course and a main course. Dessert is usually the wedding cake. But we’re seeing lots of cupcakes, pies and self-serve ice cream or yogurt bars for dessert rather than a traditional wedding cake.
If your budget is of concern, we would suggest skimping on expenses other than the food in your wedding preparations. You can save money by creating your own centerpieces and decorations, having a DJ instead of a live band, and serving only beer and wine.
There is no right or wrong way to serve your guests on your wedding day. Your personal preference and tastes should determine what you decide for a menu or style. Most important, try to relax, enjoy the anticipation of getting married, and let the professional staff at FivePine Lodge help you create perfect memories for your destination wedding in Oregon.
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