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Dine, Don't Dash: 3 Wedding Catering Options

When it comes to your special day, there are dozens upon dozens of things to think about – the dress, the tux, the hair and makeup, the venue, the photographer…the list can go on and on, but there's one thing that's crucial to you and your guests having a good time, and that's the wedding menu. There are many options for getting you and your guests fed, and there's not a particular right answer here, other than the one that will fit the theme of your wedding (and your particular tastes) the best. So if you're looking for a few options when it comes to the catering for your wedding, then here's what you need to know.

Local Restaurant

If you like the food from the restaurants around where you live, why not consider getting one of them to cater your wedding? Lots of chain restaurants have an option to order catering (especially fast-casual chains where most of the food is make-it-yourself), but if your culinary soulmate lies with the mom-n-pop stores in your neighborhood, give them a call – so long as you give them enough time and the proper compensation, a lot of local restaurants would be happy to provide food for the happiest day of your life.

Venue Caterers

Depending on the venue that you choose to throw your big soiree at, there's a possibility that catering might be an option to be included in the venue pricing. The advantage of using a venue's regular catering team is familiarity; those chefs, waiters, and servers know exactly how long it takes to cook food in the venue's ovens, know the venue well enough to ensure that everyone gets served on time and properly, and have essentially done the whole thing before, so everyone will be relaxed and comfortable. Talk to the manager of your venue to see if they have a regular catering company (or one that they use frequently enough to recommend), and let the professionals handle it from there.

Eclectic Smorgasbord

Here's where having culinary inclined friends and/or family could be a big boon for your wedding. While making a feast for you and all your guests would definitely be out of the question to ask a family member to do, asking a bunch of family members to prepare a dish or two of their specialty and set it out, buffet-style, with all the other family members' dishes is a much more reasonable request, and will give you a ton of variety of homemade goodies without having to choose a particular style of cuisine at all. This works especially well if you have a large family – if you've got 9 brothers and sisters who are looking for something to do to help out, then your wedding feast is just a few phone calls away.

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