One thing I like about getting married is that I'll never have to make a decision again. I don't like to make decisions. Who does? Unfortunately, when you plan a wedding, it's nothing but decisions.
I thought January 19th - yes, it took me two months to write this post - would be the best day of wedding planning ever. The food tasting is heaven for an Italian who likes to eat. Since we're going with a buffet, the tasting was vital - but it forced us to make many tough decisions.
When we arrived, the first thing we spotted was the fully-stocked bar. Every type of alcohol was represented - beer, wine, whiskey, rum, vodka (my fave), and more. We were off to a good start.
Once we took our seats, we were treated to cold and hot appetizers, both of which come with the buffet menu. Several kinds of cheese, breads, fruits, and vegetables were placed in the center of the dance floor, just as it'll look on our wedding day. As we enjoyed our beverages of choice and sampled the cold appetizers, several servers approached our table with spring rolls, crab rangoon, cocktail franks, and more. Everything was delicious, but which to choose? The menu calls for a choice of 5 from at least 12 options. How can you possibly eliminate any of them?
As the main courses were unveiled, I feared I'd filled up too early on the hors d'oeuvres. I had at least one (ha ha) of each of the 12 options, plus the bread, cheese, and fruit - definitely enough to fill me up (take note - pace yourself when you're eating at the wedding). Unfortunately (or fortunately), there was a ton more to taste. Lasagne or stuffed shells? Salmon, Mahi Mahi, or Tilapia? Chicken Marsala, Piccata, or Saltimbocca? Ham, Roast Beef or both? Too many choices - too much deliciousness.
The pastry table and cakes added to the fun (and the pounds!). Mini carrot cakes, brownies, wild berry short cakes, cannolis, éclairs, cream puffs, cheesecakes, tarts, and so on.And then there were the wedding cakes - with four types of icing, six cake flavors, and fourteen kinds of cake filling. Besides taste, we must also decide on the design of the cake and the icing decoration.
Usually, the only decision I make is when and what to eat - and that usually coincides with hunger and what's available. But, as you can see, there are so many more decisions to make for the wedding meal. We had 6 people at our table with 6 sets of opinions. By the end of the meal, some answers were discovered, but some things remain a mystery. (Remember, we're making these decisions for over 200 people!!)
With so many choices and so little time (8 months dating back to that fateful day in January), the only decision I made was to start the process over - when's the next tasting? I want to try all of those options once more.Can't wait til October to see what's been decided? Let us know some of your favorite wedding dishes. Maybe we'll take your advice.
Until Next Time,