Throwing a wedding is hungry work. All that running around, getting dressed, and organizing everyone else would be exhausting if you weren’t so excited about this once in a lifetime event. Of course, while the wedding party is probably working the hardest, even your guests are having an unusually exciting day and it’s no surprise when you start to hear tummies rumble. Weddings make for the kind of day where almost everyone forgets to eat breakfast because they’re too busy weaving their hair into intricate shapes, choosing the perfect pair of earrings, or wrangling their family to get ready and arrive at the event on time. As the head party planner, you have the opportunity to not only throw a legendarily beautiful wedding but also make it the most fun your guests have ever had in formal attire. One way to improve everyone’s experience is to surprise your guests with snacks at exactly the right moment.
Wedding Party Breakfast Sandwiches
Being in the wedding party is more than just an honor and a special place to stand during the ceremony. Each member of the wedding party becomes a performer and the ceremony is everyone’s big moment to support the leading roles. While their central task will be holding still, looking pretty, and smiling, the preparations that morning can be absolutely hectic. Between getting into costume, coordinating with family, and checking on the venue, the entire wedding party is likely to miss breakfast. You can cut any potential crankiness or low blood sugar off at the pass by surprising everyone with a platter of warm breakfast sandwiches that can be eaten in the midst of other preparations or in the car on the way to the venue.
Pre-Ceremony Trail Mix
Once you’re on location, guests will begin to arrive sometimes a few hours before the ceremony and from there, it’s a long time until the big reception dinner. Considering that your guests may have also skipped breakfast and aren’t sure how to plan for lunch, one great way to make everyone happier and subtly improve the mood of the entire event is to supply your guests with an energizing snack. Little party favor bags of trail mix can be trusted not to mess up anyone’s clothes, can safely be given to children over three, and will disappear before your hungry guests even realize how much they needed the snack.
After the ceremony usually comes cocktail hour when everyone, heady from the emotional impact of the wedding itself, are ready to drink, catch up with distant relatives, and get to know their new family members. Of course, everyone’s been around for at least two hours now and even those who had breakfast or enjoyed your trail mix gift will start to get a little hungry. Rather than risking people slipping off for a little pre-reception fast food or becoming cranky, treat your guests to a surprise appetizer selection designed to match your wedding theme and colors.
Before Bed Cookies and Milk
After the reception dinner, the real party gets started and everyone dances until they can dance no more. This stage of a wedding usually involves a lot of drinking and guests taking turns resting at the table before getting up for another go on the dance floor. Of course, eventually, everyone starts to wind down for good and get ready to head to bed. This is the perfect time for your final snack surprise. A gift of warm, soft cookies and a glass of milk to help every one of your guests sleep off the wonderful night peacefully.
Traditionally styled weddings have always been about three things. The ceremony, dancing, and food. While the reception dinner and the cake are the main events, you can subtly enhance your entire wedding celebration by remembering that some parties last longer than a guest’s metabolism. You might even prevent the traditional sibling fight or embarrassing toast simply by having a blood sugar maintenance plan in action. And with your final cookie sign-off, everyone will remember your wedding as one of the best in history.
Trevor Hall says
Sometimes a wedding day can be really long and tiring so good snacks throughout the day is a great idea. I think that the trail mix before the ceremony is a great idea to get everyone full of energy giving foods. I want some unique snacks at my reception so I’ll keep your article in mind.