- 9 years ago
- Wedding: April 2012
The Big Day – Part 6 – Dinner and Speeches
DH’s cousin had brought his pipes and offered to pipe us into the meal so we managed to make quite a dramatic entrance (even if I hadn’t really planned to):
I’m going to try to skip through dinner fairly quickly, as it wasn’t the most interesting part of the day.
You sit. You eat. You chat with your fellow guests. It’s a pleasant lull int he proceedings.
We were quite set on having a menu featuring local, seasonal and organic produce and had chosen our caterers based on that. We’d had a few blips along the way with communication and, as DH’s parents were paying, we had to get two rounds of approval before making any changes to the menu.
I’m going to be honest. We wanted something a bit more unusual. We started off planning to have a full Indian banquet served family-style, but our families weren’t convinced so in an effort to make sure everyone was happy we agreed to a more mainstream caterer and DH’s parents agreed to pay if we did.
Actually, the food went down rather well. Here’s what our final menu ended up being:
- Tower of haggis, neeps and tatties with an Edradour single malt whisky sauce
- Potato and leek soup
- Roast rib of Perthshire beef with Cairn o’Mohr Elderberry wine jus
- Roast fillet of Scottish salmon with lemon and herb butter sauce
- Stuffed aubergine with roasted tomato sauce and parmesan shavings
All served with local new potatoes and seasonal vegetables
- Cranachan mousse with a local raspberry coulis
- Gluten-free chocolate brownie
- Cairn O’Mohr Elderberry wine
- Cairn O’Mohr Spring Oak Leaf wine
- Cairn O’Mohr Sparkling Oak and Elder wine
- Cairn O’Mohr Sparkling Strawberry
I don’t have any pictures of the food but it went down well with the guests.
We had chosen to only have our wedding party at the top table and to let our parents host their own tables. We also agreed that parents wouldn’t be making speeches. It made for a rather relaxed and tipsy top table and only three speeches.
I’m not a great fan of speeches. For me, the best wedding speeches are quickly forgotten and the worst are remembered only for negative reasons.
DH’s speech was blessedly short, if a little nervous.
Our best man’s speech was dreadful. It was so bad that when we watched the wedding DVD with him even he couldn’t believe it. I mean, I’ve never heard the best man spend his entire speech sending himself up!
Thankfully, the speeches were over fairly quickly. I do kind of wish I’d been able to skip them to go and watch the kids’ magic show!