6 Ideas to Design a Wedding Menu You Love

When people thing about wedding design, they always think about things like the flowers or the decor.  People always head first to the aesthetic and it’s not surprising.  When people talk about style in general, you always think about what people see like clothes, a hairstyle or home decor.

But, wedding design is much more than what you see, it’s also about what happens.  Wedding design encompasses all the senses and creating an experience for your guests.  One area I particularly enjoy helping my couples to design is the wedding menu.

For those of you who’ve been around our blog for a while know I love food, so obviously the wedding menu is a fun aspect for me.  I think creating a good wedding menu is really an art.  You want to create a wedding menu that not only tastes good but works together and expresses who you are and what you love.

Maybe you like to keep things simple and you pick classics with a spin.  Or you want to take your guests on a culinary journey of all the places you’ve been.  It doesn’t matter what you choose as long as it appropriately expresses who you are.  So, today I’ve got 6 ideas to help you design a wedding menu that you love and represents who you are.  And by the way, these tips can work for any special party or celebration as well.

6 Ideas to Design a Wedding Menu You Love

Idea #1

Create your wedding menu with the food items you love.  Think about your favorite foods, everything from candy to fried chicken to caviar.  These can be childhood favorites, new favorites or something in-between.  You want a wedding menu that makes you happy, so why not start with the food you love?  You don’t (and probably shouldn’t) incorporate all of these items, but some of them can be a part of your menu or influence the style of it.

Short ribs on a wedding menu at a San Francisco wedding planned by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Jerry Yoon Photographers)

Idea #2

Think about the best meals you ever had, the top 10 or 20 meals of your life.  What were you eating and where?  Maybe it was fish at a Michelin star restaurant in Paris. Or tacos from that hole in the wall.  Or the chicken katsu that your friend made for your birthday party.  Use your memories to recreate those dishes or just use it as inspiration for your menu.

Poke plate at Umeke's on the Big Island of Hawaii

Idea #3

Incorporate your background, where you grew up, your family and your culture in your wedding menu.  You don’t have to theme it (although you could) but instead, think about the food where you grew up or what your family always eats or what cultural flavors you love.  You can bring these elements into your menu or use it to inspire your menu.

Dumplings on a wedding menu at a San Francisco wedding by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Jerry Yoon Photographers)

Idea #4

Incorporate the location and culture of the area where you are getting married.  This is particularly useful when you are having a destination wedding, but it’s always a good idea to remember where you are and take advantage of what is seasonal, fresh and local to the area.  It will not only be tastier but give your guests the opportunity to experience the flavors and tastes of the area.

A wedding guest enjoying shave ice at a Hawaii wedding by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Allina Yang)

Idea #5

Tell a story with your wedding menu.  It can be a story about a place or places you’ve been, about your relationship, about where you want to go.  It can be anything that is meaningful to you.  For example, say you have a serious love for California, you’ve been all over the state and you’re getting married in the state.  Why not highlight the items and foods that show your guests what California means to you? Take them on a tour of the California with some seafood, farm to table elements and a mixture of flavors.

Charcuterie plate at a San Francisco wedding by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Jerry Yoon Photographers)

Idea #6

Don’t forget about dessert, appetizers and snacks (late night or otherwise)!  These are great opportunities to bring in some personality especially if you want to keep the main meal more classic and approachable.  If you have some special tastes, this can be a good place to share them.  But, the sky is the limit here!  Choose items that are fun, that get people excited or get them to try something new.

Danish Kransekage cake at a Sonoma wedding by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Andria Lo Weddings)

Is your brain whirring away?  I hope so!   I’m sure you’ll come up with the perfect wedding menu once you start thinking through these 6 ideas.  You can also totally use these ideas if you’re planning a birthday party, anniversary party, engagement party or any special gettogether or celebration.

Now it’s your turn!  Let us know where your design takes you and share one thing you’re going to include in your wedding menu in a comment below.

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