Everyone loves a wedding banquet, but there are a number of things you want to consider when you’re selecting the dishes you’ll remember for the rest of your life. It can be difficult to make those choices, and that’s why we’ve prepared this list of tips for selecting the perfect feast for your wedding. 

  1. Start with the Serving Style

The first thing to consider when deciding what kind of food to serve is how your food will be served. In general, there are five choices: 

  • Buffet — the food is arranged on large tables and guests move along selecting their items as they go;
  • Family style — where food is placed on the table and guests pass it around and serve themselves;
  • Plated meals — wait staff serve prepared meals as they would in a restaurant;
  • Serving stations — Similar to buffets, but specialized stations are set up and the food is prepared at the station;
  • Heavy appetizers that are served by wait staff — this is a more appropriate option for finger foods.  

Waterside Events offers sufficient wait staff and space for any of these styles. For family style, plated meals, and heavy appetizers, the venue provides one wait staff for every ten to twelve guests. 

The spaces available at Waterside Events can also easily accommodate buffets or a serving station setup. Basically, once you decide the style you want for your dream wedding, Waterside Events’ professional catering staff will work with you to make your dream feast a reality.

  1. Select Your Favorite Foods

This is your dream wedding banquet, so you should get to eat the foods you like. Perhaps you and your partner have a food item that means something special to you, or maybe you want the type of food you ate on your first date to be served at your wedding. 

Whatever the preference, Waterside Events’ Executive Chef, Gus Shizas, can design a feast fit for a king and the entire royal family too! And that includes the cake you’ll be able to eat too! 

You can choose from among several signature dishes including traditional antipasto with a Mediterranean feast, pasta chafing dishes like penne alla vodka, homestyle gourmet mac and cheese, or broccoli rabe with sweet and spicy fennel sausage in a garlic, oil, and white wine sauce, or even poached shrimp and crab salad with creamy dijon dressing served with chicken française, sirloin steak, and spicy seared tuna. 

And don’t forget the wedding cake and dessert offerings like crème brûlée or even chocolate-covered strawberries. Chef Shivas can help you design the perfect menu that includes all your favorites and will also have your guests salivating for more. 

  1. Consider Special Dietary Needs

Of course, you also want to consider that some of your guests may have special dietary needs or food sensitivities. By providing a variety of food items, you can be sure to include something for everyone. 

Some couples like to include a note in the invitation to let them know of any special diet requests. That way, they can plan with the caterer in advance to have some options that will meet the needs of all their guests. 

  1. ‘Tis the Season

It’s also a good idea to consider the season when your wedding will take place. Foods that are in season will be both fresh and less costly since they won’t have to travel as far. 

The season can also make a difference when you think about what feels right for that time of year. For summertime, you might want lighter, more refreshing items like Waterside Events’ pan-seared tuna or grilled chicken breast served with a flavorful Greek salad. 

For winter or fall weddings, you might like something like filet mignon with a creamy potato gratin. You might also select your menu based on the theme for your wedding style. Whatever you decide, Waterside Events can help you create the menu of your dreams.

  1. It’s All About the Presentation

While you want your wedding banquet to be delicious, you also want it to be presented in an aesthetically pleasing and appetizing manner. There’s no one better at that than Waterside Events. 

Your guests will have a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline and the elegantly displayed meal designs created by Waterside’s executive chef and his professional staff. Every meal at Waterside Events is a work of art, and your wedding feast will be no exception. 

The caterers at Waterside love to help guests create the perfect meal presentation for their event. They will work with you to design and present delicious dishes that complement your wedding theme perfectly and make your special day all the more memorable for its fine dining. 

Final Thoughts

Sharing food is one of the most important ways of celebrating the major moments in life. For one of the biggest days of your life, you want the food to be delicious, beautifully presented, and satisfying in every way. 

Waterside events will work hard to make your dream wedding banquet a reality, just the way you envision it. Their  professional catering staff that will work with you to ensure every detail is perfect. With loving family, good friends, your beloved by side, and fine food, your wedding will be everything you’ve always desired.