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The Truth About Menu Planning for Receptions in Swansea, MA

The Truth About Menu Planning for Receptions in Swansea, MA

So you’ve locked down the date for the “big day” at your favorite South Coast reception hall. The next step is to start searching for vendors to bake the cake, play the songs you want to dance to and facilitate just about everything else. Swansea wedding reception planning can be overwhelming, so you’ve got to be organized. Working with the on-site social event coordinators at the venue can be extremely helpful, so make sure to take full advantage of their advice and expertise.

Choosing the menu for your wedding reception in Swansea, MA can be one of the biggest tasks. Every couple has an idea of what they want to have served, whether it is a beautiful, plated meal or a fun buffet with all of their favorites. However, when it comes right down to it, after all of the fuss and struggle, the truth is that most couples barely even get to have a bite of the food at the reception due to all of the obligations and well-wishing that occur. Think about that fact, let it wash over you for a moment, take a deep breath and decide to take suggestions from the social event coordinators regarding the menu and just move on to the next thing.

Top Menu Mistakes
When it comes to choosing a menu to be served at a wedding reception, many couples will fall into a couple of traditional potholes that could cause unnecessary delays or problems during the celebration. Work with the venue and choose in-house catering instead of trying to bring in outside vendors for this part of your reception. In fact, make the food that is served at the South Coast reception hall one of the reasons that you choose it from all of the other options n the area. For example, the world-famous Venus de Milo is known for its fantastic food. Would you seriously host a party of any kind at a place like that and not want to serve their food?

Mistake #1 – Trying to Include Too Much
He loves seafood dishes, but she loves pasta. That’s an easy enough combination that can be included in any buffet serving or as options for a plated dinner. However, when you start thinking about how Uncle Harry likes prime rib, Grandma Betty will want chicken, and that your best friend is a vegan, that’s when things get tricky. The point is, whether you are serving 50, 100, 200 or more guests, you will never please everyone. Work with the Swansea wedding reception planning team at the venue to choose two to three entree items, select the sides, and move on. You are paying per person for this event due to the menu, so the more options you include, the more it will cost. If you are on a budget, or just don’t want to over-complicate things, keep it simple.

Mistake #2 – Allergy Woes
It seems as if everyone is allergic to something these days. Trying to cater a wedding without getting at least one of the common allergens included is impossible. People can be allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, fruits, dairy products, gluten, and a wide range of other things. Instead of freaking out over dietary restrictions, ask the South Coast reception hall about including descriptions of each item in the menu or on place cards near each item on the buffet. You don’t need to include every ingredient like a package in the store, but at least have a small listing of top allergens, such as wheat, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, and dairy. This will help your guests figure it out for themselves without restricting your menu to carrot sticks, celery, and water.

Mistake #3 – Trying too Hard to Go Cheap
It’s your wedding and if you are hosting a formal or semi-formal wedding reception in Swansea, MA you need to be prepared to spend a minimum of $25 per person for a standard buffet plus additional costs for Hors d’ Oeuvres before the meal service. Some drinks may be included, such as ice water, ice tea, soft drinks, and coffee, but anything else will usually come at another per person cost. Make sure to ask questions about food service for your reception at the South Coast reception hall, express your budgetary needs and your culinary interests. Chances are this isn’t the first time that the on-site event coordinator has had this request, so rely on their experience to help you pick a great-tasting menu that won’t break the bank.

Mistake #4 – Not Asking for Take-Away Food
Did you know that many venues will wrap up a couple of meals for the bride and groom to take with them when they leave the venue at the end of the wedding? Ask the social event coordinators about boxing up some food to take in the getaway car when you go to your hotel or leave for the airport on your honeymoon. You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to taste the fruits of all your Swansea wedding reception planning, especially if you choose something special, such as the world-famous baked stuffed lobster at Venus de Milo!

Schedule a Tour
Contact Venus de Milo by calling 508-678-3901 to schedule a tour or to learn more about all of the options available at our facility. If you are planning a wedding reception in Swansea, MA or the surrounding area, make sure to consider the world-famous Venus de Milo for your special day. We have all of the amenities, options, and menu selections that you could ever want for your wedding reception. Call today and see for yourself why so many couples choose our beautiful venue.

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