Menu tastings are usually just for your reception dinner, appetizers during cocktail hour and maybe even dessert. The next step on your menu-train will likely be late night snacks. But don’t forget to back up that caboose and think about your whole day, especially the part before your ceremony.

 

BREAKFAST

Arguably the most important meal of the day, undeniably important when it comes to your getting ready sanity. If you are a coffee person, pour a cup, but also opt for bagels, donuts or fruit. Easy eating items that aren’t crazy messy and don’t aggravate your morning breath.

 

While you’re all getting hair and makeup done snag bites in between laughing jovially with your best buds. Are you a groom, or not getting hair and makeup done? Head to a diner or cafe and splurge with an omelette breakfast. Keep it light because no one wants to be bloated on their wedding day.

 

LUNCH

Either before you take pictures (first look and bridal party) or right after them, by this time, you will want something hearty. Skip the pretzels and veggie tray and opt for a real lunch. My favorite option? Croissant sandwiches with pasta salad. Include a case of LaCroix, and I am so there.

 

SNACKS

There will inevitably be some downtime before your ceremony and it’s always smart to tote breakfast and lunch leftovers to whichever room you are hiding in during guest arrival. They will get eaten. Don’t forget to have water, posing for pictures is a dehydrating activity.

 

Pro tip: Gift your wedding party personalized water bottles. In the AM they can be filled with a morning beverage, then have your day of coordinator wash and rinse them during pictures and fill them with ice water for your down time pre-ceremony. Did I mention hydration is important?

 

COCKTAIL HOUR

Appetizers will be provided for your guests, but if you and your bridal party are not going to be present during cocktail hour, be sure to have a small tray or plate set aside specifically for your consumption. Believe it or not, everyone gets hungry at different times. You don’t want your wedding to turn into a Snickers commercial.

 

DINNER

Plated, buffet or stations, your dinner will be highly anticipated by your wedding guests. Don’t let them down. Plan for something delicious and don’t forget, the newly married couple eats first. So, if you don’t dive in, everyone else has to politely fidget with their navy napkin and ask if there is more bread in the basket while waiting for you to pick up a fork.

 

DESSERT

Cut the cake and serve the sweets! Desserts should be available shortly after dinner so as not to disrupt your dance schedule. Imagine the flow when you have your first dances first and then ask guests to move back over to the cake table for cutting and then move back to the dance floor, which is now empty, for dancing. Personally, I like the option where dessert happens before first dances.

 

LATE NIGHT SNACK

If you’re planning to dance the night away with your loving group of sweaty wedding guests, think about offering something salty for those who join you. The only thing on their mind? Enjoying free libations while gyrating on the dance floor until the sun comes up, keep their energy up by offering some non-liquid calories.

 

Mix it up and infuse your personality into your food choices. Most importantly, be sensitive to food allergies and preferences. Nothing makes a family of five leave a wedding sooner than not having kid-approved options like mac and cheese and chicken nuggets. Your caterer will ask about these anomalies so do a little research (ask your moms) and keep those kiddos fed and full.

 

Prosperity, Love & Happiness,

Josey