Apart from their lavish décor and pomp celebrations, Indian weddings are known for their sumptuous food. Any wedding is considered incomplete without delicious food. In India, the arrangement of the wedding day food is done by the parents of the bride. Though the menu is decided according to their wish, at times the approval of the groom's family is also taken. The groom's family is given prime importance in any wedding alliance and therefore, the preparation of the food is prepared in the best possible manner, in order to please them.
Traditionally, the food for the wedding was cooked by skilled cooks. Nowadays, people's preferences are changing and quite a number of them opt for catering services. However, one should make this decision wisely. In case of catering services, the first thing to do is to decide your menu. The menu is decided keeping in mind your budget. Remember the idea is to choose a good caterer, who provides you with food of your choice within your budget. After you choose the caterer, all the arrangements are done by them.
The Indian wedding feast usually commences with appetizers, which are served before the main meal is served. The appetizers are usually both vegetarian and non vegetarian to cater to all guest. It can comprise of traditional starter meals of the specific region the couple belongs to. In some regional weddings, drinks are also served. At times, there are even separate counters or stalls for beverages. The drinks which are usually served comprise of soft drinks, mocktails, wine, whiskey, etc.
This is followed by the main course meal. The main course meal usually contains four to five vegetable dishes, different types of daals, pulao and breads. This is complimented with various salads and other condiments. The main course meal is strictly in accordance with the culture and region of the couple. It also comprises of both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. The meal is the heaviest and grandest of all and showcases the best delicacies of any cuisine.
After the primary meal is over, the guests are treated with desserts. Desserts are sweet items, which are served to ease the spicy and tingling taste of the meal. The sweet section comprises of traditional items depending upon the ethnicity of the families. However, the seasonal sweets and ice creams are always given preference. This is because they are liked by all owing to their universal popularity and appeal. Subsequently, the Indian wedding feast comes to an end with Paan or 'Vida'. This is prepared by stuffing a betel leaf with betel nuts, spices and sugar, according to taste.