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Wedding Buffet Menu Items: Reception Buffet Food Ideas

Wedding Buffet Menu Items: Reception Buffet Food Ideas

LDS Reception Buffet
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Deciding on a buffet rather than a sit-down dinner gives you a lot of peace of mind when you’re in the throes of wedding planning: you’re juggling so many expenses that saving money with a buffet feels great. But now you need to decide what to serve at your wedding buffet!

Whether your buffet is catered or you’re putting it together yourself, here are some essential things you need to know about wedding buffet food selection.

Wedding caterers who do buffets generally offer different packages of food at tiered price levels. This simplifies the process for them and for you.

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LDS Wedding Reception Drinks: Non-Alcoholic Drink Ideas

LDS Wedding Reception Drinks: Non-Alcoholic Drink Ideas

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Latter-day Saint couples may be unsure how to handle drink service at their wedding receptions, especially if not all of their guests are LDS. If you are uncomfortable with serving wine with dinner or alcohol at the bar, you’re well within your rights to have a 100% alcohol-free reception.

Having an non-alcoholic wedding reception is simple: think of better and tastier alternatives! Use sparkling cider instead of wine for the wedding toast, and serve a variety of non-alcoholic alternatives like sodas, juices, punch, flavored water, spring water, and other drinks at the bar.

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Rehearsal Dinner and Groom’s Dinner for LDS Weddings

Rehearsal Dinner and Groom’s Dinner for LDS Weddings

bbq dinner for rehersal or Groom's Dinner
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One of the more nebulous parts of wedding planning is the groom’s dinner (also known as the rehearsal dinner.) What is it, who pays for it, and do you need one if you’re getting married in the LDS temple?

For non-temple weddings, most couples have a trial run called a “wedding rehearsal” the day before. They go over the minutiae of the ceremony: where to stand, when and how to walk down the aisle, how to hold your flowers, which way to face, and so on. After the rehearsal, everyone involved usually goes out dinner. This is the traditional rehearsal dinner or groom’s dinner.

But the story is a little different if you are being married in the temple. The LDS temple sealing ceremony is…read more

Serving Food in the Cultural Hall during an LDS Reception

Serving Food in the Cultural Hall during an LDS Reception

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The cultural hall of the local ward or branch meetinghouse is the venue of choice for many LDS wedding receptions: it’s able to accommodate a crowd, comes attached to a kitchen for food preparation, and is completely free of charge to reserve and use.

If you’re planning on a Mormon cultural hall reception, here are some of the things you need to know about preparing and serving the food.

Never assume that the cultural hall and kitchen will be available on any given date. Various church events, from Relief Society meetings to Webelos den meetings, may be held in the cultural hall all throughout the week. Before planning anything for the reception, schedule the date with the building coordinator. If you don’t know who ask, the bishop can guide you to the right person.

When reserving the cultural hall, double-check the rules on using the kitchen. Ovens in LDS meetinghouse kitchens are to be used for warming food only, not for cooking. You will need to cook the foods at another location and keep them warm while transporting them to the meetinghouse.

You don’t want to get your guests sick because you weren’t…read more

Fun Wedding Reception Food Ideas

Fun Wedding Reception Food Ideas

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You’ve got to feed the guests at your wedding reception, and probably everything you think of has been done before at a million other weddings. Or is it? These unique wedding reception food ideas can help make the dinner a meal to remember.

A classy, modern spin on the old wedding reception buffet is the invention of freestanding food stations or centers. At separate round tables, guests pick up different types of food fare. One table can be sushi and another chicken parmesan, another for drinks and another for salads. Food stations can be expensive or inexpensive, depending on the foods you choose.

Not only are finger food receptions less messy, they are also…read more

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