Selecting your wedding eats can be a complex and stressful undertaking. There are many things to consider such as guest allergies and eating restrictions, what’s in season, buffet or plated, how much food to serve, and the list goes on! For these do’s and don’ts, we’ve turned to celebrity planner and Zola Tastemaker Stefanie Cove to help you to enjoy what should be a fun part of the planning process.
Stefanie has established herself as one of the preeminent event producers in the world. With 15 years combined experience in the hospitality and event planning industries, and as the managing partner at Yifat & Oren Associates, Stefanie has unparalleled knowledge of how to seamlessly orchestrate an event, domestic or destination, from inception through completion. Molly Sims, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, and Behati Prinsloo all count Stefanie as their meticulous yet calm wedding planner extraordinaire.
1 | Do Let the Food Reflect the Location
Your wedding eats should reflect the theme and style of the wedding, preferences of the couple, and feature local and seasonal offerings. If you’re getting married in July in the mountains, please don’t serve heavy, fried, Southern cuisine – it won’t make sense. Be inspired and serve food and drinks that are delicious, refreshing, and complement the season and setting.
2 | Do Be Open to New Traditions
Some wedding traditions are just so outdated. For example, I encourage couples to offer an entrée selection the night of the wedding as opposed to offering options months in advance. No one likes to decide months ahead of time if they want steak or fish. Also, do your best to sit down and enjoy the meal during your wedding. You’ll have plenty of time to speak to your guests after, I promise! A great tip to actually make this happen is to serve family style and offer a dessert station. This way of serving is more social, warm, and relaxed than your typical plated meal. Dessert stations encourage guests to get up, dance, mingle, and not sit for too many courses.
3 | Don’t Do a 5 Course Sit-Down Meal
Avoid serving your guests a 5 course sit-down meal. I always say quality over quantity, and a multi- course dinner is too much food, especially if you are serving small bites at cocktail hour! Most of your guests will eat a fair amount of hors d’oeuvres earlier in the evening, so it’s okay to stick to just a salad and main entrée at the reception.
4 | Do Have Bites at Cocktail Hour
After the ceremony, your guests will be ready to start the celebration! While your focus at cocktail hour may be the alcohol, make sure you have hors d’oeuvres that are easy and simple to eat. Anything that is runny or more than one bite can be difficult to eat while your guests are socializing and standing.