(Closed) How important is it that the food match the theme?

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: How important is it that food match the theme?
    Not important at all : (55 votes)
    51 %
    Somewhat important : (33 votes)
    31 %
    Very important : (4 votes)
    4 %
    6 %
    Neither important nor unimportant/other : (10 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    523 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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 # 6
    3154 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    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
    2175 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    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
    7384 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @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
    7414 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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 # 11
    30399 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I don’t think it’s an issue.

    Post # 12
    366 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @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
    43 posts
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
    2894 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @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 # 16
    536 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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!

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