Post # 1
I’ve heard so many conflicting stories regarding the bride eating at the reception. Most say during the planning that they can’t imagine not eating the food they picked out. But so many marrieds say that they didn’t have time with guests trying to talk to them while they ate or they had too many nerves. Was that the case for you? Maybe the folks I’ve been around were raised differently, but I’ve always been told by elders that it is rude to interrupt people who are eating unless they are at your table. Also, I’ve read that if the bride doesn’t eat that she (and anyone for that matter) will get very sick or pass out from lack of blood sugar. But yet the groom has no problems eating. At the same time, it seems that the number of brides who say they did eat a full plate (sometimes with seconds and full dessert, etc) and made it a priority to do so are in the very rare minority.
What was your situation? Were you able to eat a full plate or was it not important to you?
Post # 3
I ate every single bite of it, it was so good! 🙂
It’s one of the many benefits of having a very small wedding!
Post # 4
Hell yeah! I worried so much about the food there was no way I was going to skip it. 🙂
Post # 5
I definitely ate my main course – it was so good, I was starving, and everyone else was eating so there wasn’t anything else I would have been doing. I didn’t have any hors d’oeuvres or any of the desserts, though 🙁 Just too busy and having too much fun!
Post # 6
like a couple bites of everything…but i was way too jittery to eat a full meal 🙂
Post # 7
I had dinner and cake but was too busy/forgot to eat during cocktail hour.
Post # 8
We didn’t have time to eat during our cocktail hour but we both sat down and made sure to eat our dinner before we started making the rounds to the other tables to talk to our guests. We didn’t take our time with it, but we definitely made sure to try the food and eat our fill.
Post # 9
I ate all of it – passed apps, dinner, cake! THere’s no way I was spending a year planning the food and then not getting to eat any of it!
ETA: I also had a relatively small wedding – 70 people – and had spent the previous two days hanging out with everyone, so we were less pressed for time at the actual wedding. I could totally see how a bride with a 150+ guest list could be pulled all over the place!
Post # 10
I ate everything. We got done with pictures with 5 minutes left of cocktail hour and had someone bring us a plate of food. Then we were first in line for the buffet so we could eat and go around and talk to people while they were eating. We had a sweetheart table so we didn’t have many distractions. I did have an issue where my hubby’s friend kept talking to me during the dessert, but I was very motivated and focused on finishing it, so I just sat there and waited and finally got to eat it. There was no way I wasn’t eating at my wedding!
Post # 11
I ate a little bit of everything for dinner, but totally missed out on cake. The only cake my husband and I had was from when we fed each other at the cake cutting.
Post # 12
Yes I did! It was a huge priority for me, I could not imagine missing out on all that delicious food we planned. But, I will say, I can easily see how brides end up going without food and just about passing out. Your adrenaline and emotions are just up so high, even just from sheer happiness and excitement, that it’s easy to completely fail to feel hunger. You’re just so wound up and on top of each moment that you find yourself wanting to go around and greet each table instead of eating every bite on your plate. I really had to force myself to slow down and take the time to enjoy my food, and man was I glad I did. It was like I broke a wall that had formed between me and my stomach. I still wish I’d gone and gotten seconds, but they took the buffet down while I was greeting guests at their tables. You really can’t do everything.
Post # 13
I ate! No way I wasn’t. I had one of my bridesmaids whose job was to make sure I ate. I only had two people come up to me while we were eating, and both were super quick.
Post # 14
Yup, I ate part of my dinner and a little bit at cocktail hour. I was just at my BFF’s wedding and dragged her off the dance floor once her plate hit the table so she could at least eat some of it.
I think the bigger issue is that a lot of brides forget to eat during the day… I had our maitre’d get me a roll right before the ceremony because I was feeling faint! And at the wedding I was just in, we were only nibbling on stuff all day… no meals. I kept an emergency half-bagel in my purse for the bride, but the bridesmaids ATTACKED the cocktail hour – we were starving. So I think it’s just as important to schedule in lunch.
Post # 15
@Meghan, I agree that having lunch beforehand is a great idea. Most places (of any cuisine and type) offer delivery so it can be eaten while you are getting ready if you aren’t able to go out for any reason.
Post # 16
Of course, I ate! (Although I missed out on the passed appetizers). I tried all three types of cake we had…it was fabulous! Yum!