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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Spicing Things Up

            Food may be one of the most important and memorable aspects of ones wedding, especially to the guests. Every bride-to-be hopes to please everyone, while staying within budget, while also leaving a lasting impression. Those three goals may seem hard to achieve, but spicing up your signature meal is easier than it seems!

            If aiming to stay within budget, an earlier ceremony will not only be cost effective, but also serves as a great excuse to host a brunch-themed reception! This unique route is a great twist on any wedding, and the food options are both mouth-watering, and budget friendly. Serving coffee with baileys, Bloody Mary’s, and Mimosas is a great alternative to the traditional cocktail hour, as well as Hors D’oeuvres such as bagel bites, quiches, and pastries. If you also plan to serve a sit-down meal, eggs benedict, potatoes, and fresh fruit are classy, unique, and cost efficient! While this option isn’t necessarily traditional, it is distinct, and will leave a lasting impression on your guests!


            Another food-related alternative is to opt for a dessert table, rather than a traditional wedding cake. While this route may not make a huge difference in the pocketbook, it is memorable, and provides you and your guests with endless options! Going with a dessert table is an especially great idea for large weddings. Feeding 200+ guests from one cake can be very challenging, as well as expensive. In addition, pleasing all of those guests can be even harder... A well-versed dessert table is a sure way to please (most) guests, while also standing out amongst other weddings. Event then, if you still have your heart set on having a traditional cake, you can always have a smaller-sized cake for you and your husband-to-be!

            While many brides believe serving a full meal is necessary, it has become less and less ‘expected’ amongst guests, especially if timed correctly. If you’re hoping to stay within budget, planning your reception during a 'non-meal' time (such as 3:00pm), is an often times overlooked idea.  In order to still provide delicious food for your guests, a heavy cocktail and Hors D’oeuvres reception hour is a creative alternative! Not only will your guests leave stuffed and content, but you can also allot much more cost into making the food impeccable. Finger foods such as wontons, brie, caprese salad, and bruschetta are both delicious and elegant.

            Opting for a less traditional, more unexpected meal option will have many bonuses, including cutting back on costs. These unique alternatives are memorable, classy, and tasty!

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