When I started to research wedding catering, it became clear that it can be overwhelming to choose your perfect meal and drinks, so I decided to seek out some expert advice to share with our readers.  I reached out to Chef Rossi, the owner of the Raging Skillet, to get some tips on how couples can have a memorable meal of a lifetime at their wedding.  She stood out to me as a great resource because her catering style is unique, unconventional and completely personalized to her clients, from serving jerk chicken on latkes for one couple to making gravlaz with radish kimchi for another.

Below are a few of her suggestions to ensure you have the wedding menu of your dreams:

Pick Your Date And Venue First

Different wedding venues and seasons inspire different menus, so make sure to solidify those details before planning your food and drinks.  Your caterer can help you come up with creative ideas that will fit well with your overall wedding theme.

Be Blunt About Your Budget

Your budget is going to dictate what you can and cannot afford on your wedding day, so it’s better to have that conversation in the very beginning than when it’s too late.  As Chef Rossi suggests, it’s best to have 5 minutes of honest conversation about your budget so you can get to the fun part: planning your food and drinks.

Spend Your Wedding Budget On What Counts

“I’ve seen couples blow their budget on the most expensive tables, plates and chairs,” Chef Rossi points out.  “Do people remember the plates or the food that was on them?  Great food, great service, great bar, and great music.  That’s what people will remember.”

This Is YOUR Big Day, Not Theirs

A lot of people will try to weigh in on what you should do for your wedding, but at the end of the day, it’s your big day.  “I always try to encourage people to think of it as: if this is the last meal on Earth, what would you eat?” said Chef Rossi. “You should have fun. You should enjoy yourselves. You should eat what you like.”

Break Out Of The Mainstream Wedding Rules

If you have a limited budget, Chef Rossi suggests thinking more outside the box when it comes to food and drinks.  For example, if a couple has a very limited budget, she suggests skipping the dinner and having an unforgettable cocktail hour with tasty hors d’oeuvres before the dancing begins.  Sometimes it’s better to do something really well than to spread your budget—and experience—too thin by trying to have everything.

For more of her helpful insights, check out her new book, The Raging Skillet: The True Life Story of Chef Rossi.

Happy Planning,