Sometimes deciding on your wedding menu can be a daunting task. Especially when you have lots of guests coming with different tastes and diet needs. But do not stress, over the years, the Icelandic dining culture has become more friendly in regards to gluten-free and vegan options. So come along with us today as we share with you the wonderful options you could encounter while planning your Iceland wedding menu…
Planning Your Reception in Iceland
When you begin planning your Iceland wedding, one of the first things you will likely do is look for ceremony, reception locations, and hotels to house your group. Next, you may then further hone in on specific planning details like your schedule or Iceland wedding menu options!
Iceland Wedding Menu
If you’re not planning a wedding with guests, you can skip this part as all restaurants will allow you to choose off the menu as if that evening. However, if you desire something specific for your wedding night, making arrangements in advance are required.
Meanwhile, thinking about how you will tackle choosing your Iceland wedding menu can be overwhelming. As you might start thinking about the needs of your guests. First, it can be valuable to know ask your guests upfront (at a preliminary RSVP point) if they require any special accommodations for food. For example, if they need a vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, food allergies, or kids meal option. Note: Most locations would like for you to provide your final menu choices and main meal counts 30 days or more before. Why? For ease of planning and serving.
Second, you will want to understand how your reception location delivers the food to your guests. For instance, plated, buffet, or served family style. Third, how many courses do you wish to provide your guests? To illustrate, 3 courses is standard. And if you want to be extra generous have a traditional Iceland wedding cake too as a bonus course and traditional experience. Lastly, having a custom menu for guests at each place setting is a nice touch!
Kicking off your Iceland wedding menu with an appetizer or two is exciting for all involved. Especially if you incorporate some local options. Here are a few ideas of appetizers that can often be found here in Iceland:
- Lobster Soup
- Mushroom Soup
- Angelica Soup
- Tomato Soup
- Fish Soup
- Icelandic Meat Soup
- Reindeer or Beef Carpaccio
- Seafood Salad
- Spinach and Strawberry Salad
- Caesar Salad
- Beetroot Salad
- Smoked Fish (typically Arctic Char or Salmon)
- Cured Lamb Salad
- Eggplant Cream on Toast
- Avocado Salad
Please be aware in most group settings restaurants will want the entire group to get the same appetizer courses unless there is a diet concern. So please keep that in mind as you Iceland wedding plan.
Icelandic Main Courses
Now on to the primary event, the main course! Usually, it is best to only give your guests 2-3 options to choose from when they formally RSVP. For example, choosing between lamb, fish, or vegetarian. Unless there is an additional diet concern. Either way, you’ll need to collect your final counts to give the restaurant around the 30 day mark.
On that same note, for ease of delivery and avoiding forgetfulness from your guests having a seating chart is beneficial. To illustrate, creating a seating chart that not only has guests names but also their meal choice and any allergies is ideal to ensure no mistakes during service. But now what type of main courses could you anticipate possible having on your Iceland wedding menu? Some options follow below…
- Surf and Turf (with beef filet and langoustine)
- Lamb Ribs (or Leg)
- Arctic Char
- Beef Wellington (or Vegan Wellington)
- Deep Fried Cauliflower
- Ravioli Ricotta
- Duck Confit
- Vegetable Lasagna
Ending your Iceland wedding menu with something memorable is important as it sets the tone for how guests will remember the entire day. So what deliciousness will you end it with? Maybe have a dessert and then a traditional Iceland wedding cake as a bonus surprise for your guests. But what types of desserts in Iceland could you expect to choose from?
- Chocolate Lava Cake
- Créme Brulée
- Vegan Chocolate Cake
- Skyr with Fruit
- Skyr Cake
- Local Ice Creams or Sorbets
- Fruit Salad
- Caramelized Pineapple
- Icelandic Cookies and Pastries
- Iceland Wedding Cake (Kransakaka)
- Traditional Wedding Cake
Need Help with the Details?
Don’t get stressed over the details of planning your Iceland wedding menu or reception. The benefits of hiring and local Iceland Wedding Planner is to provide you insight on how places work and all the steps between. Therefore, feel free to contact us to get more information… Lastly, we look forward to hearing from you!
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