Friday, April 9, 2010

The 7 Biggest Wedding Guest Complaints

1.Cash bar. Nobody likes a cash bar. It’s essentially saying, “Pay to celebrate our love”! If you are on a budget, pour wines and have beer on tap, or offer one signature cocktail instead.  Or just go with a celebratory champagne toast....or no alcohol at all is perfectly fine too.  Just don't set up a cash bar!

2. Big journey, small bites. The author of the original article states if guests are traveling they should be served a sit down meal - something of substance, not just appetizers.  Small bites are IN, just don't make them all that you offer.

3.All fried food. Include a few healthful appetizers into the rotation - more and more people are being enlightened that the Standard American Diet (SAD) can shorten your lifespan.  Please include some vegan appetizers as well - see #4.

4. No veggie option. Just like me, "3.2 percent of Americans claim to be vegetarians, and 10 percent claim to follow a "vegetarian-inclined" diet."  And, I might add, you might have a vegan or two attend your wedding.  Have some options that contain NO animal products, which include no dairy, meat, or honey.  Don't feel that you have to add that blue cheese to a perfectly good vegan salad.  And know that even most bread contains eggs and milk.  I went to one occasion that had soups, salads, rolls, and iced tea.  Not one option was vegetarian - except the iced tea.  It's so easy to make sure that you have something vegan (even if it's salad and sliced fruit - that works!).

5. Never ending waits for food service. Low blood sugar is not conducive to celebrating - nor do you want a diabetic auntie to pass out and emergency services called! Take your photos before the wedding, or do offer appetizers while guests are waiting for you to finish your photos.

6. Running out of the big ticket entree. Planning a wedding isn't an exact science -- there are always last minute RSVPs (or people who don't RSVP at all) or those who show up with unexpected guests. Talk to your caterer.

7. Wedding cake face smash.  The author says "A curious tradition indeed. The bride and groom cut the cake under the joyous gaze of friends, family, and possibly religious figures, and then, to cement the union, the groom smashes a handful of pricey cake on the (impeccably made-up) bride. Who started this? Who actually enjoys this uneasy ritual? Save the frosting frolicking for the honeymoon.

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