Food. We all love to eat it, and often. So it’s pretty much a must at your wedding. Especially if you plan to have a long ceremony and expect your guests to stay and party. A good rule of thumb is to measure the length of your wedding against the quantity of food. If you are having a short morning ceremony, you might get away with some teacakes and cheese straws. But an hour-long religious ceremony followed by a cocktail hour and four hours of disco requires a bit more.
When making the menu for your reception, consider the style of wedding you are having. A mashed potato bar goes splendidly with a quant barn wedding with a homespun feel. Pate and croquettes might prove more appropriate for a museum or upscale hotel wedding. Next, I would incorporate items that reflect you and your fiancé’s cultures and tastes. Crab claws for your New England hubby-to-be and mini latkes to celebrate your Jewish heritage, for example. Whatever the case, the food should reflect you just as much as the other aspects of your wedding do.
I would also include what I like to call ‘fillum’. Fillum is anything that fills someone up. Bread is a good example. Make sure there are plenty of items like bread, cheese, fruit, or other items that are basic and distinguishable so that most every guest will have something to eat, regardless of their diet or preference. If you have vegetarian and vegan friends and family, this is especially important. Serving only chicken or beef with a side of mash potatoes and gravy could cause your vegan cousin to step out early. Then who is going to catch the bouquet?