by Caitlin von Gaertner of Gallivan Photo
I had so much fun sharing my tips with you all last time, and I was trying to think of the perfect topic for my second installment when it hit me, it has to be about the food. Why? ‘Cause you can’t have a party without it.
As a wedding photographer, I’ve eaten A LOT of wedding food, and I’m always starving by the time dinner comes around. Perhaps that sweet relief I get at every wedding from filling my empty belly is what makes me so fond of the wedding feast.
Here’s my top 5 tips for creating a wedding feast that folks will remember you by:
1) Incorporate Cultural Favorites
Likely, you and your fiancee will have come from different cultures, and I love weddings that incorporate cultural or traditional dishes or ingredients from both families. If you think it’s tough to do, you might be right. Indian cuisine might not mesh well with the bangers and mash, but not to worry! You can incorporate cardamom in your signature cocktails or serve guinness at the bar. You can also consider using traditional ingredients in a non-traditional way! Be sure to talk to your caterer and your bartending service about traditional ingredients from your family.
2) Give it some local flavor
For Tim and I, local ingredients were a must. When we hired a caterer, our one requirement was that they be willing to work with local farms. Most Central Oregon caterers do just that, cater to you. Ours even gave us a list of what was in season on our date! We chose our favorites and voila-a local, fresh and sustainable feast!
3) Don’t forget the details
Are you renting dishes, glassware or flatware? Do you need linens?
A lot of catering companies can offer this, but if you’re renting from one of Central Oregon’s awesome rental companies, be sure your caterer is familiar with how your rental company wants that stuff washed and packed up at the end of the night. We’re renting a massive amount of vintage dishes and glassware- and we made sure our catering company had enough staff to rinse the dishes and glassware as the rental companies requested.
4) Create a menu!
Design is pretty much the cherry on top for me. Chalked is doing our signage for our wedding and for me, a menu is a must! It’s so fun, and in 20 years I’ll be able to look back at the menu and remember exactly what we had. Comes in handy for anniversary dinners when you want to replicate your feast.
5) Don’t forget dietary restrictions
As a vegetarian with allergies, I know how important it is to have options. On our RSVP we ask specifically for dietary restrictions and instead of a check box for vegetarian, we left a blank space for people to write in their allergies and other restrictions. Our caterer will take this info ahead of time and make special dishes for the dietarily restricted guests.
Okay, lovers. I hope you got some useful info from this article. Stay tuned for our next installment: Drinks!