Oh, wedding food. Sometimes the best that can be said is that it’s entirely forgettable, overshadowed by the drama, excitement, and even the open bar of the big day. Hooray! Another dry piece of chicken or fish lying next to limp asparagus and a few oily potatoes, or a piece of steak carelessly cooked because it’s one of 120—all the better to wash it down with endless Pinot Grigio refills!
Such standard wedding meals have all the verve of a warmed-over dinner from a mid-priced hotel chain, which sometimes, to be fair, is exactly what they are. Sure, they do their part to keep people from falling dizzily to the dance floor at the end of the night due to hunger and/or intoxication. These are the foods that we, or people we love, have actually chosen to serve, and so we guests will eat them. But we should probably all aim a bit higher. After all, anything with that “w”-word appended to it gets ratcheted up price-wise by a factor of at least 20 percent. Is it so wrong that brides, grooms, and even guests might hope for the delicacies served to be actually delicious?
A wedding cake is the traditional cake served at wedding receptions following dinner. In some parts of England, the wedding cake is served at a wedding breakfast, on the morning following the ceremony. In modern Western culture, the cake is usually on display and served to guests at the reception. Traditionally, wedding cakes were made to bring good luck to all guests and the couple.
The cost of food for a wedding celebration can be astronomical, but by investigating wedding finger food reception ideas, a couple can cut their budget without cutting their menu. Couples can discreetly print "finger food reception to follow" or "hors d'oeuvres reception to follow" on their invitations so guests will know what to expect.
One of the best parts of a wedding -- at least according to guests -- is, of course, the bar. From signature cocktails to specialty wines, more and more couples are creating bar menus that showcase their personalities, and guests reap the benefits. Specialty beers are all the rage these days, and thanks to creative brewers who infuse flavors like coffee, grapefruit, lemon.
Wedding cakes can certainly range in size, from a small cake that feeds ten people, to a very large cake that will feed hundreds, all depending on the wedding. Modern pastry chefs and cake designers use various ingredients and tools to create a cake that will reflect the personalities of the couple. Marzipan, fondant, gum paste, buttercream, and chocolate are among some of the more popular ingredients used.
A wedding cake has always been a very traditional part of a couple’s big day. It was originally a luxury item and so a sign of celebration, and for those who were in the position of wanting to assert themselves; the bigger the cake, the higher the social standing. They were traditionally fruit cakes topped with marzipan and icing with tiers and the cutting of the cake was a big part of the reception.