Posts in the 'wedding food' Category

{Real Bride: Carrie} Veggie Tales: A Vegetarian Bride’s Revenge!

I’m about to tell you something you might find shocking.  But hold onto your hats, because our wedding is going to be a….MEAT FREE ZONE!

That’s right folks!  I am a longtime vegetarian and Zach rarely eats meat nowadays.  So we won’t be serving anything that used to breathe and have eyeballs at our wedding.  I think a lot of our non-vegetarian friends and family members are surprised we’re doing this.  But really, even if we were hiring a caterer, I wouldn’t want to pay for people to eat in a way I don’t believe in.  Because we’re cooking all the food ourselves, of course we’re not going to serve meat.  I don’t even know how to cook it!

I hope that people aren’t upset about not eating meat and I really hope they enjoy our food.  If it forces them to try something new, then good!  Maybe some will realize that it is possible to eat a satisfying and delicious meal without meat.  Maybe some will freak out and slam burgers before they come.  I don’t really care.  At least we’ll be showing off our values (and our mad cooking skills, hopefully) on our wedding day!As a side note, I have been to several weddings at which vegetarian options were not even offered!  Both times the couple knew that a few guests were veggie, but I don’t know if it slipped their minds or they just didn’t care.  Last time my friend and I (the only two vegetarians) couldn’t even eat the salad or pasta salad because both had bacon in them!  We ate only bread and potatoes and thus got extra drunk and rowdy with no food in our stomachs.

Vegetarian taco bar! (Photo source:

Maybe I have a slight vendetta, but after not being able to eat at weddings I’ve been invited to, I am super pumped to turn the tables on everyone and not serve any meat!  I promise that the food will be delicious and that there will still be lots of protein (beans, guacamole) and cheese (we’re not vegan).

Is it crazy to have a totally-veggie reception?  Do you think people will freak out or enjoy the food?  Have you ever been invited to a wedding you couldn’t eat at?


{Wedding Inspiration} Big Color on a Little Budget

Reader Request!

My name is Alicia and I am 20 years old. All my hopes of a wedding were lost until I found this website. Since I am a full-time student and my part-time worker funds are EXTREMELY limited, so the budget would be about $1000-$3000. I DEFINITELY qualify as a BROKEA**.

The colors will be hot pink, bright yellow, and a bright orange. I have done some research and found a dress I love for $250, decided to do a cupcake cake instead of a regular cake, use my church for reception and ceremony since it’s free (luckily its beautiful), and our rings will come from I am having trouble finding invitations, decorations, and ceremony food to fit into the budget. If you have any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. My view has definitely been stained by wedding shows on TLC (some of those women spend over $50,000) so I feel like there’s no way my budget can make the ceremony and reception look beautiful.

I think my first bit of advice to you would be to abandon the notion of these $50,000 “dream” weddings.  Yes, they are out there, but they are in nowhere close to the norm.  That said, less than $3K is a conservative budget, but that shouldn’t deter you from making your wedding beautiful because it can be done!

By the way, that’s a HOT color palette you’ve got going on!  It sounds like you’re up for a light-hearted affair, so I’d suggest ditching the formal invites and going with something more fun.  Fortunately, less formal invites are often less expensive, too.  BRIDES carries a variety of print-at-home invitation kits at Michael’s craft stores.  If you’d rather not worry about the stress that can come with printing your own, take a look at the wedding invitations on  They’re simple, fun and very affordable (plus, shipping is free!)  Take for instance this silhouette invitation design, which runs about $150 total for invites, RSVP cards, envelopes, and custom seals (50 of each).  Go even cheaper and forgo the RSVP cards by having guests note their attendance on a free wedding website (available through sites like Project Wedding and The Knot).   Just be sure to include your site’s address at the bottom of the invite!

Silhouette wedding invitation design at

On to the reception!  A great way to save money on food is by doing an hors d’oeurves or dessert-and-fruit reception in lieu of a sit-down dinner.  Doing this sort of depends on the time of day, so if you’re able to adjust your schedule so that the reception begins mid-afternoon, guests won’t be expecting a large meal.  If you prefer lunch or dinner, go potluck and ask guests to each bring a dish, while you provide the cake and booze.

I love the look of the dessert station below.  This is a cool example of how you can turn food into decor.  See how the cotton candy doubles as balloons?  Sweet.

Yellow and orange wedding desserts station:

And speaking of decor, you can make your own centerpieces on the cheap with store-bought flowers and paper.  Madigan Made has a tutorial for making vases out of paper and water bottles.  Pick up card stock and ribbon in your wedding colors, and insert a few stems of grocery store flowers inside.  Or arrange with artificial flowers way ahead of time.  Dana L. has an excellent tutorial on creating silk floral bouquets!

Paper and water bottle vases tutorial, by Madigan Made

Fellow readers, what other ideas would you suggest to Alicia?


Refreshing Reusables

Many thanks to Kerri, a local bride who generously gave me 15 dozen mason jars yesterday, left over from her wedding last weekend!

Since our ceremony will be outdoors in May, we thought it would be a nice touch to serve a refreshing beverage beforehand. However, renting 150 glasses for a 30 minute ceremony seemed a touch excessive, and getting disposables goes against our “Carbon Crusade” for the environment. Reusing Kerri’s glasses is the perfect answer, and I plan to pay it forward to another summer bride after my day! Let’s hope all that love infuses the glasses with good juju….
I work part-time for a local Tea and Home Goods shop, which specializes in inventing drinks and cocktails involving tea. Recently I sampled their “Mrs. Palmer” – lavender infused organic lemonade mixed with Double Happiness (earl grey and lavender tea) and a splash of lavender syrup. YUM! It seems like a perfect summer wedding beverage, no? And how apropos to include Double Happiness!
(image source) A cool glass o’ love.
I’m trying to come up with an inventive straw or stirrer that would add one more adorable touch – but more on that later.
What wedding items can you pay forward to future brides?

Le Menu

As foodies, it is really important that the food be a reflection of our taste, and surprise and delight our guests with its tastiness. That’s why we were so excited to have our expectations exceeded by the Bungalow Club’s delicious“middle-terranean” cuisine (thats Middle Eastern/Mediterranean fusion, yo.). Its even got a hint of Japan here and there. Perfect for our eclectic asses!

During each meeting with Anat, the owner, she’d periodically yell out to a member of the staff – “bring them the Moroccan cigars! Bring more hummus! Bring the spring rolls!” … and we lapped up every morsel like starving puppies.

I’d always dreamed of having a tray-passed hors d’oeuvre cocktail hour, but it always seemed like an unreasonable expense whenever I talked budget with caterers. But, Anat assured us that she’d have it no other way, so hooray! We’ll be having a mix of 6-8 passed appetizers, from tuna tartar to avocado spring rolls to lamb lollipops to sushi rolls. They have a great selection of vegetarian food, which is important because I (as well as many of our friends) are either vegetarian or very picky about their meat.

Having both worked in catering, we’ve never been big fans of buffets for groups over 50. They often seem to result in traffic jams and long waits for food, and often the food quality doesn’t hold up well in the chafing dishes. Table service doesn’t really fit the feel we’re going for either… it’s a bit too formal. Anat suggested family style service – which would not only encourage conversation and keep the energy up at each table, but also allow everyone to have a sampling of all the entrees and sides rather than being committed to just one. I think it’s the perfect answer for us!

We’re not 100% sold on the menu, but here’s what we’re thinking:

Salad course: Mediterranean Salad (a nod to my Greek heritage)
For the entrees, we need some advice:
-Organic Scottish Salmon
-4-Cheese Mac n Cheese with truffle oil (oh ma ga its soooo gooooood)
-For Chicken, We thought about going with East/West Chicken, since its boneless, but the last two times Hunter had it, he second guessed it. The other option is roasted chicken. He can’t decide, and I’m not about to get in on that taste test :)

Our sides will be the delicious Bangkok hummus with sweet soy glazed mushrooms, roasted asparagus, and maybe some parmesan-y cous cous… yeah baby.

All of this will be accompanied by some delicious cocktails from our bar – but more on that later!

But sweetest part (other than dessert!) is that a couple hours into dancing, we’ll all be served sliders (mini-burgers) and sweet potato fries! Nothing but grease to cut through the alcohol and refuel us for more dancing!

What do you think? Sound eclectic and exotic enough? How about those entrees – your input would be greatly appreciated!

Now I’m hungry… yum!