In Or Out? Catering Options For Your Wedding At The Beach
From choosing the dress and sending out invitations to shopping for décor, it is easy to see the struggles of planning a wedding. Planning all of these details can be challenging for many brides and grooms, so it is not surprising to learn that an estimated 15 percent of all weddings are destination weddings. Unfortunately, designing a menu for your wedding at the beach can be complicated, since you may want to have a beachfront ceremony and reception. Using this guide on catering options, you can have a memorable and beautiful wedding at the beach.
In a Restaurant
In most cases, you can find a beachfront restaurant that offers beautiful views of the ocean. After the ceremony on the beach, you can venture inside the restaurant to sit down to a meal that consists of fresh seafood and that perfectly align with the theme of your wedding.
During the initial planning stages, discuss menu options with the restaurant manager and chef. Here are a few classic options to offer your guests:
- Surf & Turf Combinations
- Grilled Salmon
- Prime Rib
- Seafood Salads
- Seafood Kabobs
- Platters of Fried Fish, Shrimp, and Scallops
For sides, consider mixed greens, baked or sweet potatoes, rice pilaf, and various sautéed vegetables.
On the Beach
If you want to remain on the beach for your reception after the wedding ceremony, there are many catering options to consider. For an inexpensive option, consider providing your guests with a multitude of appetizers.
Finger foods are not only affordable to prepare, but they are easy to serve. Arrange various appetizers on silver or rustic wood trays and allow wait staff to bring around to your guests. Or you can set bowls, platters, and other serving dishes on tables so guests can serve themselves.
Fresh sushi rolls, shrimp cocktail, stuffed shrimp, crab legs, crab-stuffed mushrooms, and even miniature crab cakes are excellent appetizers for reception on the beach.
To add some fun to your wedding reception, consider a seafood boil on the beach. This is not a traditional option wedding reception, which ensures it will make your event memorable for you and your guests.
Seafood boils contain new potatoes, onions, corncob halves, Polish sausage, cayenne pepper, and of course, seafood. Most people will use large shrimp and crab claws in the seafood boil.
Serve the seafood boil in large kettles on the beach. Set up a table with bowls, spoons, napkins, oyster crackers, and cornbread muffins. If you are adding crab claws to the boil, be sure to include cracker tools so guests can open up the crab shells.
For more information, contact a caterer in your area.