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Food For Thought- 10 Alternative Wedding Food Ideas

The food you serve at your wedding is what will fuel the party, it will be noted and noticed by your guests and whether it is good or bad it will be talked about for long after the day is over.
With the ever-increasing cuisine choices out there these days and many venues that will allow outside catering or even DIY catering the choices are endless.

I got chatting to a bride and groom about unique food options and this got me thinking about all the other different options out there to cater for your guests at your wedding or event, here are a few of my favorites.

1) Food Trucks
Those delicious-smelling food trucks that you’re seeing everywhere? Yeah, those aren’t just for your quick weekday lunch anymore — they’re the next big wedding catering idea.

2) Afternoon Tea
Serve a typically British afternoon tea. Dainty sandwiches, cakes, scones and jam, all served on beautiful crockery with plenty of champers is sure to impress and is something your guests won’t  be expecting.

3) Food Stations
Have a selection of food stations dotted around the venue and theme each of them differently with a speciality of food to give your guests a choice. For example Thai, seafood, mini burgers, salad bar, decadent desserts, the choices are endless.

4) Crumpets!
Ok so perhaps not for your first meal as a married couple, but these would be great for an evening pick me up during the party. This company do a range of toppings both sweet and savoury.

5) Hog Roast
Give you wedding a festival vibe with a hog roast on a spit. Slow cooked and delicious, serve with baps, apple sauce and a range of salads and new potatoes.

6) Something Sweet
An ice cream trike is always going to be popular. Guests can grab a cone and wonder around rather than having to sit down at a table.

7) Cheese & Wine
If you are having a later ceremony and your guests will have eaten before hand then how about a sophisticated cheese and wine affair? Serve up a range of cheeses on a wooden board on each table, complete with crackers, chutney and figs. You could also add different breads, olives and cold meats and paté’s if you wanted to bulk it up a bit. Select wines to partner with your cheeses beautifully.

8) Fish n Chips
Served in a mini cone as canapés or as a party snack.

9) Oysters & Tabasco
Serve on trays in big wooden crates stacked with ice and lemon, with a glass of champers to accompany them, naturally!

10) Pie and Mash
I will never forget the wedding I went to where at around 10pm pie and mash was served up! Complete with mushy peas and gravy of course. After hours of drinking this was very well received by all the guests!

There are many more alternative catering ideas out there, but hopefully these few have got those cogs turning if the traditional sit down meal is not for you.

Happy eating!


How To Choose Wine For Your Wedding

Weddings usually serve an alcoholic beverage. Serving wine has become something many couples add to the list since it is a classy beverage that is enjoyed by all age groups and crowds. Add to the appearance of the wine bottle by using some unique methods making a lasting impression on the guests.
Wine stoppers in the theme of the wedding are a nice touch. The stoppers are available in hearts, starfish, wedding bells, and so many other designs to match any wedding theme. The stoppers add personality to every bottle especially if the bottles at set on the individual tables in a basket filled with ice.
Use wine charms with the bottles. The charms added to either the bottles or the wine glasses. They are available in the same cute and classy designs of hearts, wedding bells, bows, as well as custom designs to match your wedding theme including boots for the country wedding for example.
Elegant little bottles of wine are a nice touch to the wine lovers on the guest list. The bottles do not have to be wine since they are also available in sparkling cider for the younger guests. They are also great keepsakes that provide lasting memories.
Another classy touch is having your own wine in a bottle with the names of the bride and groom with the wedding date on the labels. Add a nice picture to the label for more personal touch to the customized wine bottle.
Create your own champagne jelly, which is fast and easy. It is will go with any meal you are serving as well as the wedding cake. To make the jelly offers the tastes of champagne as part of the dessert you serve with the meal.
Use champagne flutes as a wedding favor for the reception. This is a nice gift for all the guests. Fill the flutes with candy in the colors of the wedding theme and sit them on the tables for added decoration. The guests always love little personalized touches at receptions and this will be a nice gift they can take home with them.
There are other wine favors you can use at the reception such as grape coasters and wine bottle serving platters you set the bottles of wine on for the wine lovers on the guest list. They will find this touch classy and stylish. Wine bottle shaped candles can be placed on the tables for an evening wedding to provide the candlelit reception adding the atmosphere of romance centered around the wine theme of the reception.
For the wine lovers that are getting married or the guests of the reception, using the wine favors and decorations will make a lasting impression on everyone sharing your special day.

12 Top Wedding Food Trends

We picked the brains of four top wedding bloggers to compile a list of 12 of this season’s latest food trends. From food trucks to buttoned-up comfort food and “Gatsby”-inspired grub, couples are shying away from the traditional sit-down dinner and getting creative with fun and lighthearted nuptial fare. Our list is sure to inspire, and satisfy, all of you foodie brides-to-be for your big day.

Wedding Planning: Expert Tips and Tricks

Planning a wedding is really an art form, yet people do it everyday. The difference is the people that are excited and stress free when the day comes or the couple that just can’t wait until it is over. Something will go wrong at your wedding, but it is how you handle those glitches that will make your day perfect. Here are some of my wedding hacks.

1. Follow your Wedding Task List
A wedding task list (or check list) is a month by month list of items you need to accomplish. This is going to be a life saver. Whether you have an online task list or have one in the wedding planner you purchased at the the bookstore. If you don’t have one, GET ONE! This will help keep you organized. My tip! Don’t skip ahead! If you finish all the tasks on your list for that month – sit back and relax for a couple of days.
> Start your wedding task list here.

2. Guest List
Know that as a rule, about 30 percent of the people you invite won’t attend. Naturally, this depends on the location of your wedding (destination weddings are harder to attend), how many out-of-towners are on your list, and the timing of the event (some guests may have annual holiday or summer plans). On the other hand, everyone could accept — knowing your wedding will be the can’t-miss party of the year!

3. Food
If your goal is to save some money and you are looking at your food remember that buffets and plated are going to cost about the same and an hor d’oeuvres reception will actually cost more money than a plated or buffet dinner. You need at least 12 hor d’oeuvres per person to give your guests a decent meal and of course variety is the spice of life so you want to have multiple options. That can add up real quick.

4. DIY Disaster
When a bride tells me that they would like to make some items for the wedding, my first question is, “Are you a Crafty Crier?” Are you the type of person that finishes painting a little tea cup and are so relieved you are finished? Or are you the type of person that can sit down and with all the supplies and bang out 200 little tea cups. If the bride insists on making items I ask them to make one and then let me know how it goes. If it is something they are willing to do then I will sit down with them and go over a crafting timeline.

5. Lighten Your List
The easiest way to trim your wedding budget? Cut your guest list. Remember, half of your wedding expenses go to wining and dining your guests. If it’s costing you $100 per person, eliminating one table of 10 can save you $1,000. And, Friday and Sunday weddings should cost about 30 percent less than Saturday weddings.