- 6 years ago
Last night I attended a wedding, as a guest for two very good friends who got married, and the reception was HORRIBLE. Now, I’ve had former bad experiences where the venue was too small or there wasnt enough chairs for guests, but this was one of the worst I’ve been to.
1. Lets talk about food. Coctail hour was disgusting. All of the hot foods were cold, and it was only 5 min. into it. They were set out that way. It was served buffet style, with nothing to serve it with, so people used their fingers. No thank you. The cheese platter which was the only thing supposed to be cold, was melted and dry. YUCK. Dinner was worse. My steak was as hard as a rock on the outside, and raw and bloody on the inside, when I had asked for med-well. It came with veggies that were still FROZEN. The soda at the table was so watered down that it taseted like tap water. Needless to say, I did not eat, and decided to wait for the cake.
2. Lets talk about dessert. The cake was old old old. All the desserts were hard, and old, and the cheesecake was sour. No one at our table ate it.
3. Open bar: Everyone took advantage of the open bar, because ALOT of people were starving, and decided to drink it up. I ordered a mixed drink (vodka and cranberry) and it didnt taste right. So I ordered a drink straight up and it was fine. BUT because so many people drank on an empty stomach, ALOT of guests ended up puking in the bathrooms later on in the night.
4. The venue hosted 2 weddings at once, and you had a clear view of the other wedding from the open floor below, which we were on.
5. There was champaign already poured at each table when we sat down, I thought this was strange. Later on during the night, I heard a waitness tell another not to drink any leftover champaign because whats given out to guests is left over from other weddings. WHAT!
6. The guest favor was a butter knife, with a bow around it. I’m still confused about this one.
7. Music—I forgot that I was at a wedding, and felt like I was in Pacha NYC. (This was fun for a while), but really no one was celebrating the love of the bride and groom, when partying to Loca People by Sak Noel.
Some tips from someone who has been a guest at many amazing, and not so amazing weddings:
1. Taste the food! If you wouldn’t eat in in a resturant, don’t serve it to your guests! This is one of the most imporntant aspects of a great reception.
2. Cake matters! This is a wedding, and wedding cake is special. It shouldnt taste like dryed up play-doh. You have yummy cake for a birthday party right? Than WHY NOT for a wedding?
3. Open bar is very nice. But bartenders should be able to cut people off when they get too plastered. This is professional. If the food is good and peple eat, they can enjoy celebrating your special day, and not knock back drinks just so they feel better about the horrible time their having.
4. Choose a venue that hosts 1 wedding at a time, and if not the other isout of eye and ear signt of yours. Its your day, and your paying for it–you and your quests deserve that.
5. Give your guests something nice as a favor. You don’t have to break the bank, but just something that shows that their appreciated. This is really imporntant!
6. Music–IMHO, music should show case love. Have fun, party, celebrate–but have a little romance in there, because it’s a wedding. NOT a club.
From my experience great food, great music, a yummy cake, and a nice favor MAKE a reception. I feel like with these things the love of the bride and groom will be showcased, and everyone will have an amazing time and even better memories.