I have something to confess.
This week’s post is a slightly selfish affair derived from my current obsession with all things menu-related.
You see folks, tomorrow is a big day. Tomorrow brings with it a fairly momentous event in my wedding planning journey so far. Tomorrow is all about sampling the menu that will be served at my wedding and I am SO excited.
So, with this in mind, this week’s inspiration post is more of a discussion post if you will – taking its cue not only from the paper pretty that I present to you below but also an exploration of the different shapes and forms that wedding breakfasts appropriate in our modern age.
I want to know what you think, what your experiences of wedding day food have been, which foods turn you off as well as those edible delights that have made a wedding a roaring success for you.
We want to hear ALL about it.
You’ll also notice lovelies that today’s post is somewhat shorter than normal. You see folks today is also a #prettynaughty day. Eeek!
Yes it’s finally arrived (how time flies!) so we’re currently running around like headless chickens making sure that everything is tip-top for later on tonight. Don’t worry I’ll be back with oodles of inspiration for you next week.
In the meantime, shall we begin?
As a guest at four weddings this year and as a bride to be, food (and drink) is definitely a vital part of the whole wedding day experience for me. I’ve been lucky enough to attend weddings where the food has been nothing short of scrumptious as well as adventurous.
Perhaps the best culinary experience was that of my best friend’s wedding last year where she hand-picked all of the wines and menu herself to ensure that her guests received the ultimate foodie experience.
I’m telling you folks, it was divine. But the element that really struck a chord in me was the care and pride she took in providing the very best for her guests and the way that it set the scene for the rest of the day.
We were nourished, spoilt rotten and and all of our needs were wholly catered for; this was her way of showing her love for her nearest and dearest on her special day.
I’m conscious as I write this that food does not feature so highly on every bride’s agenda. And you know that’s ok. We want to hear all of your culinary viewpoints – we like a healthy debate here at RMW towers.
From a personal point of view, the wedding breakfast is not so much about the functional practicalities of making sure that everyone has been fed. For me, it’s all about what the meal represents – the coming together of friends and family to laugh, talk and play around a single table.
Ultimately it’s about creating precious memories. Ones that you relish and revisit time and time again.
So with this in mind, I love how attitudes towards the wedding breakfast have become much more relaxed over the past few years. It’s possible, hell it’s even encouraged to deviate from the traditional three course meal and offer something a little bit different.
Want your guests to share platters of grazing food rather than opting for individual starters? I say go for it! How about skipping pudding and providing a huge dessert table for your nearest and dearest instead? You get to tick both the decor and food boxes all at the same time. You can’t really say fairer than that.
Alternatively, serving afternoon tea rather than a more conventional three piece affair is so much kinder to the pocket and offers your guests a slightly different foodie experience. Plus you can guarantee that children AND grannies alike will love it.
One of my favourite food related items ever though is an epic food trailer often found at the nuptials of our cousins in good ol’ America. Serving everything from fast food to ice-creams and slushy drinks, these trucks can be used to dish out the evening snack to hungry guests in a unique way or even the wedding breakfast itself.
And whilst I’ve been wittering on here about food, I’ve neglected to mention the all-important liquid refreshment that we indulge in on these big days. I ADORE customised cocktails as well as all the paraphernalia that goes with it. It’s just so blinking elegant.
Here at RMW HQ we’re also noticing one food trend that is undeniably gaining strength is of a demand for organic and sustainable produce that is locally available. Modern day brides possess a conscientiousness that brides in decades past perhaps didn’t place quite as much emphasis on.
Maybe you’re a bride who has chosen to have a seasonal menu? Food selections that pay homage to the passing of seasons is something I particularly admire. Think crisp refreshing greens and herbs for Spring and game and roasted root vegetables for early Autumn.
So what would your ideal menu be?
Perhaps you’ll take some inspiration from the menus displayed on these moodboards – I am particularly lusting over the roasted rack of venison with baby Autumn vegetables.
Is food even that important to you? Maybe providing your guests with some quality entertainment is a far higher priority.
Whatever you think, we want to hear your thoughts.
All my love Lolly xxx