I LOVE FOOD!!! I mean who doesn’t. When planning a wedding you would think that food would be one of the most important elements. My preference for a wedding would be a plated dinner over a buffet. There is ABSOULTLEY nothing wrong about choosing a buffet (especially the ones we offer at the Hereford House.) I just prefer being seated and served, and we have a really wonderful team of waitstaff for our events. I thought it would be fun and helpful for those of you currently planning your wedding to talk about food today.
Food should be Fun and Not stuffy!!!
I know some people might think differently and that is okay because we are all allowed to have our own opinions. Some of my favorite times that I have with my husband are going out to a nice restaurant, playing dress up in my newest dress, and putting on a stunning pair of high heels. We start off the night with a glass of wine, and then we decide what we are going to have course by course. Think of this with your first impression of a wedding.
The Appetizer Course or Finger Foods!
I know it’s your wedding and you will want some of your favorite foods there but also think about the guests that are going to attend. What is fun bright and colorful? What is easy to eat and doesn’t make a mess?
- A Dip. Dips are always fun and they don’t change with the seasons. Some of Hereford House’s signature dips are the Crabmeat Dip and the Santa Fe Cheesecake (no it is not a dessert). The Crabmeat Dip is this rich creamy crab and herb spread served with assorted crackers. The Santa Fe Cheesecake is a savory blend of almond-crusted goat cheese layered with a sun-dried tomato pesto and served with seasonal fruit and garlic toast.
- Skewers. Any Skewer is also a great idea and if you have a wedding reception full of children these are fun ways to keep them entertained for a little while. The Hereford House can do a meat and cheese skewer, a fruit kabob or a caprese skewer.
- Passed Appetizers. The Sensational trend going around these days is during your cocktail and appetizer reception is having a server go around with passed appetizers. I love this idea because I think that not only it gets our staff more involved in the process it shows that we like to pay attention to the finer details.
My favorite passed appetizers here at the Hereford House are the Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms. Large mushroom caps stuffed with crab and shrimp cream cheese filling. We also have Chicken Salad on Crustini; Tender chicken breast blended with mayonnaise chopped apple, celery and onion served on toasted points, another one of my favorites, delicious and easy to eat!!
The Open Bar Question
The most mind-boggling thing that makes most families cringe is when we get to the bar service for the wedding. Most families think that there are only two scenarios. Scenario #1: if it is an open bar will my guests get out of control and I end up with a $10,000 bill at the end of the night? Or scenario #2 I don’t want to appear cheap and not offer anything. The Hereford House makes it really simple we have 3 options to choose from.
- Option #1: We have a limited bar. With this option the host can choose what they would like to offer their guests who have traveled to see this special day. The most popular option I've seen at weddings I coordinated in the last year are; 'beer and wine only' and a 'cash bar' for mixed drinks.
- Option #2: I have seen the host set a limit. Here they can set a certain dollar amount; the onsite manager will periodically be checking in with the lead bartender that night and see where they are at. If the set amount is almost ready to be maxed out and you are only two hours into the event, more than likely the onsite manager will pull the host over to the side and see if they would like to increase the amount or move into cash bar.
- Option #3: The host can pre-purchase kegs or wine through the Hereford House. If we don’t open it or tap the keg then you won’t be charged. We will just have those available if you choose to open up more for the guests.
Create a Signature Drink
There has been a growing trend at weddings to have a signature drink. I have seen more weddings this past season do a signature drink with a twist… and then name the drink something cute. Usually the drink is a mixture of what the bride and groom both like. What a fun and unique way to serve delicious drinks for adults to enjoy. I recommend you serving this during the cocktail and appetizer part of your receptions before everyone goes to dinner service. At one of the several meetings that we have we can sit down with the bartender and get suggestions on some fun mixtures that we can serve and create together.