Wedding (fare) to remember
I've been meaning to post something about this article for a while. In it, the writer references some message boards where people are suggesting that brides-to-be skimp on food at their wedding because no one will remember it...
Skimp on the food? At your WEDDING?! What's after that? You don't buy your kid a 1st birthday cake because she won't remember it?
My two cents: If you need to skimp on your reception because of your budget, take an axe to your list and trim the people who: A. you have not talked with in six months; B. have ever said, "Are you sure he/she is 'the one'?". Take the money you would have spent on those who, truth be told, could not care less about your 'nupchals and have a reception to remember with the people who actually matter. If you're skimping just to skimp, be a true miser: Cancel the wedding and save the money. In addition to the cash, you'll also save yourself 137 headaches and approximately three gray hairs.
Whatever you do, try to avoid the convention victuals. You know, the tasteless chicken breast stuffed with what is somehow an even more tasteless something, placed ever so carefully next to a pile of unseasoned veggies and a puddle of potatoes, all served lukewarm. Unless you are certain your caterer can make 350 plates of deliciousness, avoid the "Attack of the Cloned Entrees" if you can. I would rather go to a reception with ultra-casual food done right than one with high-falutin' food gone wrong. In other words, quality over quantity.
Here is what we had at our wedding (we had 90 guests) and folks are STILL raving about it:
Passed hors d'ouevres
- Grilled orange coconut shrimp skewers
- Crisp vegetable springrolls brushed with honey soy sauce
- Brie baked in buttery brioche with fresh grapes and seasonal berries
- Chevre, artichoke, and kalamata olive tarts
- Pumpkin ravioli with brown butter sage sauce
- Fresh spring salad with pears, apples, Danish bleu cheese, pecans, and a honey sherry vinaigrette
- Mini roast beef sandwiches with horseradish mousse
- Mini grilled chicken sandwiches on focaccia with roasted red and yellow peppers and artichoke parmesan spread
- Mashed Potato Station - Serving redskin potatoes mashed with roasted garlic and cream as well as your add-ins including cheddar cheese, scallions, spring peas, whipped butter, sauteed onions with sausage and bacon, and a velvety veloute sauce
- Hibachi Station - Featuring beef tenderloin medallions and rock shrimp along with orzo pasta salad and a confetti of vegetables
- Focaccia with parmesan spread
- White and dark chocolate-dipped strawberries
- And, of course, wedding cake
I sort of feel bad for the people who say, "No one remembers the food at your wedding." Perhaps they mean, "Boy, I hope no one remembers the food at my wedding."