I recently took a ‘wedding dinner‘ poll via my Facebook and Twitter networks to see what type of meat guests prefer to be served at weddings: Chicken, steak, or lamb. The answer? Chicken. That’s right, chicken! I often hear couples saying they don’t want to serve chicken because of the uncountable “rubber chicken” receptions they’ve attend but truth be told, guests prefer something that is well known and comfortable to the palate rather than foreign.
Brides and grooms are always looking for new ways to impress their guests. Many of these “wow factor” details are on the banqueting tables as guests are seated there for more than two hours. Of course food is the way to a guest’s heart, why not impress with the catering? As we just discovered, many guests prefer chicken over a fancier option. You can serve the chicken but think “outside the box” and come up with different ways to serve it. Now I’m not talking about a buffet as we’ve all been there, seen that, and done it, yet rather make sure it’s presented on beautiful china, is next to vegetables that add a pop of colour, or offer jugs of different sauce on the table for guests to top their meat. Little details go a long way.
Alternatively you could have a “family style” meal and put 4-5 dishes in the centre of the table for guests to serve themselves. If you’re afraid of serving chicken because it’s banal and boring, there are many ways to serve the meat apart from the traditional 3-course meal. Have fun and eat up!