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7 ways to ensure your guests love your wedding menu

Figuring out how to satisfy those unique tastebuds can be tricky. We take out the guesswork for you with some straightforward advice based on years of experience doing what we do best.

1. Realise that the road doesn't end at 3 course alternate serve...

Seriously consider a 5 course degustation style menu. This way, all your guests can try all the selections. They will be smaller portions so don't worry about overdoing it. Also, if your guest simply doesn't like red meat for example, they will still be satisfied with the four other selections. A balanced 5 course menu with something to suit everyone could consist of a vegetable dish, seafood, white meat, red meat and dessert, but make sure to ask your host to customise the selection to your needs.

When it's so easy to avoid, the last thing you want is to hear people grumbling about getting the chicken, not the beef, after you have spent many months planning a fabulous event. Instead, you will hear your guests talking about a wonderful shared experience. Dare we say, it looks much more impressive on your menu to list five courses rather than three! You will appreciate the value. Have a think about other options that are available.

2. Consider a banquet style menu with sharing platters

Another alternative to the traditional 3 course alternate serve, with many of the same benefits mentioned above is the banquet. Sharing platters are brought to the table and guests are able to choose what and how much they would like to eat. A customisable feast.

3. Choose a classic flavour profile

With the array of fine dining options and exotic ingredients available, it can be overwhelming to try and find an option that will suit everyone. A classic menu consists of high quality produce, prepared in a way that will satisfy 99% of your guests. An experienced chef will have this all figured out for you. Keep it simple.

5. Trust the professionals

If you choose a venue with a chef that has many years experience hosting weddings, they will have learned from the thousands of guests that have gone before you. You can trust that the menu has been refined according to what works. There's no need to worry about how to satisfy your guests when someone has already done the hard work for you.

6. On your invitation, ask your guests to list genuine dietary requirements with their R.S.V.P.

Get creative with your invitation, and include a dedicated space to list dietary requirements. Chefs should be more than happy to accomodate genuine dietary requirements, but for a smooth running event, make sure you don't leave it until the day.

7. Try before you buy.

Of course you want to know what the food will be like before you serve it to your guests. Find out if there is a wedding tasting night coming up that you can attend with your fiancee or chief advisors. Ask your host about it, or check 'What's On' soon.

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