- 4 years ago
dee424: I chose to do a combined service in which we had waitressing staff to make sure everyone had drinks and water at all times. And didn’t have to go to the bar if they didn’t want to. Amd that plates and everything would be removed from table agter dinner by tux wearing waitressing staff. They’d also serve the cake at the tables. But had a buffet. Because I did not trust a plated meal for a 150 wedding and I wanted everyone to get served FAST and a hot meal. And not have people seeing others eat for a long time before they were able to eat. And even more importantly, because I have severe and life threatening food allergies and Veliac disease to top things off, I wanted people to see the food, how ot was being handled and to be able to choose what would go into their plates as I am not the only one with these issues on my family. Food was gluten free, nut free with optional sliced almonds for salad for those who wanted them, egg free and soy free. And it was AWESOME! to this date people ask about it. My brother said he wanted to have exactly that in the mother’s day celebration we had this year lol. Let me see if I find a picture. 🙂
I ordered a lot of extra food. Because I also had told the day of coordinator that his first and most important task that day once ceremony was over, was to make sure every single person working at the wedding was fed and always had water or something to drink at hand. That they were served cake and pretty much to make sure they were treated as my guests. So we had the same meals and drinks for the DJ, photographer, coordinator and his partner, waitressing staff, musicians and the one that cost the most but that I loved having, the college kids from the University of Puerto Rico TUNA group. The group was like 20 kids and the director. No joke 😣. But it made my heart SOO happy to have two tables reserved for them and to take care of them and serve them drinks (legal age 18). And then I ordered 20 extra meals for people who either showed up without having rsvpd or for the ones who simply loved the food and wanted more.
In the end, nothing was left. But everyone was fed, stuffed and some people had two meals 😂. But yeah, I realized it’s very very hard to plan under such crazy circumstances. O.o
To be quite honest, last summer I went to some friend’s wedding in Spain and I noticed that’s definitely where our wedding traditions come from. While we’ve adopted some of the American ones because we belong to the states now, the majority is from Spain. And from their perspective, although there is a social aspect to it, weddings are kept as a friends and family celebration and while some protocols and formality is certainly there, it’s more relaxed.