Post # 1
I was at a wedding last night, and the menu was really unique. There was no meat served, only fish. There were tons of vegetables. The spices were in the Mediteranean family.
All in all it was different – and a huge hit. The wedding guests were a mix of older, midwestern Jewish relatives (bride’s family), Moroccan Israelis (groom’s family), and hipster/urbane 20 somethings (the friends). The menu was dairy Kosher, Middle Eastern inspired, and very hip. I have to think that if the food were put to a poll here, it would get shot down, but it was perfect for this event, in that it was interesting but relevant to everyone there.
I just wanted to share this experience because I was so impressed with how well my friend catered to these different tastes. She didn’t feel like she had to do the meat/fish/veggie option, she just got creative and designed a menu that was tailored to the people who were actually attending. This struck me as a great lesson for us all – know your audience! Forget what generic advice says you should do, look at who is actually coming to the wedding.
Post # 3
That’s a great tip, thanks! I feel like the vast majority of the advice in the hive is really positive. One of the things I love about this site is the huuuge diversity of people who post here (way different wedding budgets, regional customs, culture, orientation, ETC ETC). But it’s true that when you get input from such a wide variety of people, it can end up being very “general/generic.” It’s good to keep the needs & tastes of your own specific guests in mind! 🙂
And that wedding sounds like a blast
Post # 4
Thanks Marinara! It was fun.
I certainly don’t think people give advice here out of anything but the kindest of intentions, but it isn’t always super helpful, because of situations like this. Just thought I would post as a second thought on asking for too much advice, especially on something that should be tailored to the crowd and the couple.
Post # 5
Thanks monitajb! Great, interesting post. I think our menu is what I’m going to spend the most time working on, because I want it to be both creative and interesting but appealing to the palettes of our guests! I think we havea great, helpful community, but advice CAN sometimes be not as helpful as we’d like, and I’m not going to post any polls on spcific menu options (though I did post one a few months ago to see how many people loved and hated mushrooms, just to make sure I wouldn’t be feeding people something the majority hate). I’m going to trust my hard effort at balancing things to get it right for our particular crowd!
Post # 6
yay! 🙂 I love hearing about stuff like this.