Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

“Eat, drink, and be merry.” There’s a reason “eat” comes first. Everyone LOVES food. It’s probably the most incredible thing that’s ever happened. Too dramatic? Maybe.  But regardless, food plays a huge part in every wedding day.  Food will re-charge you after a long day of getting married. Food will fuel your guests to hit the dance floor with everything they’ve got. Food will even bring together your mother and new mother-in-law. Simply put, food makes everyone happier.

We’ve seen wedding day food come in all shapes and sizes. We’ve seen all-you-can-eat buffets and seat services, build your own cupcakes and dessert bars, and even burger bars and hot dog stands. We’ve eaten some of the classiest, healthiest salads as well as some of the most unhealthy, delicious cookies you could ever imagine.

Here are some things to think about when it comes to food on your wedding day:

1)      Get something YOU like. We’ve run into a lot of couples who ended up not enjoying all of their food choices because they were more worried about choosing classy, impressive food their guests would enjoy. After all, it is your big day. You will have had a very long day getting ready, taking pictures, sticking to a schedule, greeting guests (oh, and getting married). When you finally do get some time to sit down and eat, you’ll want it to be something you love!

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2)      Know your audience. Do you have vegetarians or vegans in the crowd? Is anyone gluten free? It’s a great idea to include a food section on RSVP’s to know if your guests have any dietary restrictions. Additionally, coordinate with the caterer to make sure they can accommodate!

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3)      Appetizers and snacks. Will you have a cocktail hour with finger foods? Will you have some of your favorite mid-night snacks as dancing progresses? Will your wedding (and budget!) benefit from a simpler dinner with more available throughout the evening? Weigh the options and pick your favorites.

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4)      Get creative. Are you the couple that eats breakfast for dinner? Why not serve that at your wedding? Was your first date at that hole-in-the-wall Mexican place? Why not serve a taco bar at the reception? Don’t be limited by options Aunt Marge insists are classy or your caters suggest for the season. Let your food choices reflect what makes you two unique!

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5)      Don’t forget dessert. Nothing says “Let’s Celebrate!” like delicious desserts. Again, feel free to get creative. Does your wedding call for an extravagant cake, or is it more of a rocky road ice cream kind of wedding? Though cake is the tradition, we’ve seen couples do pie, cotton candy, and donuts instead (both yummy and memorable) If you’re a chocolate fan, and he likes vanilla, just split that cake down the middle! The options are endless, but keep in mind, with dessert, you really can’t go wrong.

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Dara Veenstra

Wedding Account Manager by day. Cinematographer/Editor by wedding weekend. A travel enthusiast who believes in eating dessert before dinner.

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