After the wedding ceremony, whether straight after or later
for dinner, you must offer your guests something to eat and
drink. There are many options when it comes to serving food
and drinks. You could, for example, serve just tea and cake,
have an informal lunch, or have a formal sit-down dinner. It's
up to you. And your budget...
Whatever option you choose you must carefully plan what you
are going to serve at your wedding reception. There will,
of course, be more planning involved if you are going to have
a formal dinner in a restaurant or hotel than if you're going
to have an informal lunch at home.
If you decide to have your wedding reception at home you,
yourself, probably don't want to cook and serve food on your
own wedding day. You can always ask if your family or friends
want to help. But if you prefer to hire caterers even though
your reception will take place at home you can still do that.
If you are going to have your reception at a hotel or restaurant,
on the other hand, you will also need a caterer. These caterers
are usually "in-house" caterers, i.e. they work
at the hotel/restaurant. The type of food to serve must reflect
the type of wedding, e.g. formal or informal, inside or outside,
etc. If a particular hotel or restaurant doesn't serve the
food you want you should consider having your reception at
another venue. You could either look for another hotel or
restaurant with in-house caterers, or you could book a reception
hall (or other venue, such as at home) where you can hire
you hire a caterer tMore... are many questions you have to
ask. For example, you should ask if they only have set
menus or if they can cook whatever food you wish to serve.
You should also make sure that they have a liquor license
and that they are insured. Also ask for a taste-test before
you decide anything.