Before much thought should be put into your menu, you will want to nail down a firm budget. (You don't want to get crazy!) The reception venue and food usually equals around 50% of your wedding budget, so it should be considered carefully. A major factor to keep in mind is your guest list. Obviously the number of guests attending will be important when you are paying per-plate! If you're working with a slim budget--get creative! There are tons of resources (Pinterest) out there to get your creative juices flowing!
When choosing a theme for your menu, consider the season you have chosen to be married. What fresh fruits and vegetables are available? What are your favorite things to eat during that time of year? What types of food does your caterer prefer preparing in that season?
The theme of your wedding can very well be incorporated into the food. Think about the aesthetic you want your reception to have and the environment you want to create. You will really need to consider the serving style--Sit down? Buffet? Your choice of menu will greatly determine your serving style-- but you will want to consider both when making your selection.
Choice of Caterer
In order to be pleased with your results, you will want to get started early when choosing a caterer. If your wedding will be local, usually there is no trouble finding someone you trust due to experience and word of mouth. If you are having a destination wedding, it can be a little more difficult to find a caterer. It is helpful to check with your venue to see if they have any suggested caterers (some even have a list of vendors you HAVE to choose from). Even ask the locals you come into contact with--sometimes they give the most valuable information!
It just makes sense to serve a menu of items that you love at your wedding. Keep that in mind while making your selections, but also think about what your guests as a whole will like. It is important that the food adds to your theme and helps to create an enjoyable and memorable time.
Phillip and I chose to be married at 11:00 a.m. on a cool spring morning. Our wedding had a rustic and natural feel--nothing too fancy. We wanted to serve comfort food that everyone would love, so we went with a delicious breakfast menu. Because we wanted our reception to be a relaxed environment, we chose to have the food served buffet style with a few different stations.