Post # 1
Waiting bee, but I do have a question that has come up during all of my wedding fantasies. How important is it that the food match the theme of the wedding? Now I don’t mean KFC at a black-tie affair. I’m asking because I love the idea of a subtle medieval theme wedding (there wouldn’t be men in armor or peasant’s clothes or anything so blatantly obvious); however, I also love the idea of a pasta bar. I’d eat pasta all day every day if I could. Plus I have a few practical reasons for wanting to do it.
But pasta just doesn’t seem to fit with the medieval theme. So I’d just like to hear the opinions on the Bee, especially from those who have done themed weddings! Would food that doesn_ match the theme be weird to you? How would you pull it off if you did it? (Please don’t just answer from the perspective of pasta bar/medieval theme- any and all theme/food combinations are welcome!)
Post # 3
I’m doing a themed wedding and it has forced my to do plated dinners because it is more formal.
I can’t justify spending all my money on decorations just for my food to stand out.
Post # 4
One of my friends had a theme wedding (early 14th century, I think) with a reception to match.
The buffet was completely modern, and that’s just fine. I’d imagine it was cheaper and I don’t know if I like the idea of medieval food anyway. (The alcohol was mostly home-brewed by her friends, though…which was awesome, but also kinda disappointing because there was a lot of tasty variety, but quantities of all of it were limited. You wanted that strawberry mead? Tough shit, you were standing in the buffet line when the only 5 glasses went out.)
Post # 5
@MissFemmeFatale: I’m a little confused on the decorations comment. Elaborate please?
Yeah, I’m not so taken with the idea of some kinds of medieval fare, such as putting the head and feathers back on birds to present them. I’m having a hard time coming up with much besides maybe rotisserie chicken that would be modern but medieval-esque. I’d like to keep with the theme, but if that entails great expense, a lot of extra work, or too many out-there foods, I think I’ll stick with my pasta bar.
Post # 6
It never crossed my mind to match the food! We had a formal Destination Wedding and the reception was at a fine dining restaurant, so it did end up matching but it wasn’t planned at all.
Post # 7
I think assuming you’re not going for historical authenticity pasta will not stand out. Now if you had the place decked out like the renaissance fair and served Chinese food I’d probably be a little surprised but I love Chinese food so I wouldn’t care one bit anyway. Jen + free meal of any kind = happy.
I’m imagining a woman in a slinky gown smoking a cigarette from one of those long cigarette holders snidely remarking “the food does not match the decor.” You have my permission to slap that woman in the unlikely event that that happens.
Besides, people were eating pasta in Italy during medieval times 🙂
Post # 8
@jennmariee: LOL this. 🙂
Our theme (I guess) is vintage glam, and we’re having a buffet with chicken marsala, baked stuffed shells with marinara, mashed potatoes, green beans, and spring salad. We just picked what we liked.
Post # 9
choose what you want to eat. It matters a little maybe depending on the theme but I wouldn’t worry about it! I can’t see giant turkey legs making good wedding food!
Post # 10
i think it would be cool to try to match the food to the theme. have you looked at italian medieval food? i think pasta was introduced late in the middle ages.
Post # 11
I don’t think it’s an issue.
Post # 12
@ForeverBirds: I did a vaguely “fantasy” medieval theme – music, a circlet, our processional songs, a banner, our toasting glasses, all our invites etc..
We had a traditional sit-down, four-course dinner. For appetizers, we had served and a mix of classic and some Latino (empanadas, ceviche, etc).
We didn’t care – food we loved that tasted good
Post # 13
Do the food you like! I’m sure people will remember how good the food was better than the theme in 5 years time… the theme will be gorgeous for you and pictures, but the food will be your legacy
Post # 14
@ForeverBirds: “pasta just doesn’t seem to fit with the medieval theme”
well why not? Did Italy not have a medieval period? Or maybe tweak the theme and make it Renaissance (for realz, almost the same) and then we can all eat marinara and be merry 🙂
as an aside: I find it more important that the venue match the theme than the food. My friend got married recently and had a 1920’s theme (flappers and whatnot) wedding at an Italian restaurant. All I could freaking think about was Mussolini and fascism. But…I think a lot. Most likely no one else noticed.
Post # 15
@jennmariee: Yeah, I guess I always think of pasta being more modern. At least, a lot of our current pasta dishes are- tomatoes, for instance, weren’t introduced until America was discovered. But that does open the way to offer maybe a pasta dish and a couple of other items. And I love the “the food does not match the decor.” I laughed at that!
That sounds delicious. Can I come to your wedding? XD
Idk, my FI’s friends could eat a horse. Their faces would light up like a kid at Christmas at the sight of a giant turkey leg!
I just always think of pasta being more modern. I guess it stems from the fact that whenever I read books or see movies depicting that era, they never show pasta.
“Food will be your legacy.” This is so true.
The venue will be an issue. There is Sterling Castle nearby, which could work, but they don’t have a kitchen on site, which is kinda important to me. Pretty much everything we have for wedding venues seems to be plantations or Victorian bed-and-breakfasts. I’ll figure out something though. All of these are just fantasies- I have a long
time before I have to really start planning!
Post # 16
I think it’s a case-by-case basis, for instance, if you had an Asian themed wedding it would make no sense if you had country/bbq food, and if you had a country wedding it would make no sense to have Asian food. But your situation sounds fine, and if you really wanted to match the theme you could just have a sign that said “ye old pasta bar” or something. It would be fun to have one or two themed foods though maybe as an appetizer – could you do smoked chicken legs, and say they’re mini turkey legs? Maybe serve food on wood plates? One or two elements like that would be just enough, but even if you don’t do them I think you’re fine!