As my nuptials rapidly approach this weekend, most of my free time has been occupied by wedding stuff. While I’m looking forward to the event, I’m secretly much more excited about the week at the beach that will immediately follow.
Since I’ve had weddings on the brain, I thought it would be a good time to talk about wedding food.
I’ve heard, more than once, that “no one remembers the food at a wedding.” Usually, this advice comes from friends that are giving me pointers on planning the wedding, and what areas I should focus on. The thought being, “no one cares about the food, worry about something else.”
But I can’t agree with that. Maybe it is because of my pre-occupation with food and I’m in the minority, but I ALWAYS remember the food at a wedding. It is usually the thing that I remember most, and by which I’m judging the reception. Yes, friends of mine whose weddings I’ve attended that are reading this right now: I was totally judging your wedding food.
Awesome wedding food is such an integral part of the evening, in my mind. All of the details the brides get bogged down in – what the program looks like, what kinds of flowers are on the table, the color scheme for the decorations – that is all of the stuff that I either don’t pay attention to or don’t remember. But if you serve me lukewarm cafeteria quality chicken tenders? That memory will probably overshadow your drunken uncle grabbing the mic during “YMCA”.
To me the priorities should be, in this order:
Everything else is just details.
After sampling multiple caterers, I saw a lot of nifty serving station and dining options that can be pulled out at a wedding. And we wanted to do something that people would remember, that they would look back and say, “Oh, I’ve never seen that at a wedding before.” I love a good shrimp and grits martini bar and all, but I’ve had those at 50% of the weddings that I’ve been to.
So, am I the only one that disagrees with the idea that no one remembers the food?
And what about you guys? What is the coolest wedding food spread/gimmick that you have seen? It is obviously too late for me to use your ideas, but I’d love to hear it anyways.
P.S. Just in case you are sick of hearing about weddings, prepare yourselves. Because if my grooms cake works out like I want it to, you’re going to be hearing about that next week!
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog