For me, food is that key element that gets the party started. All great parties have awesome food! We want to treat our guests to a memorable feast, and have thoughtfully chosen menu options that not only represent some of our favorite foods, but also give guests a variety to choose from. Because who knows what you will be in the mood for several months from now, am I right?!
Brian and I were already familiar with the restaurants at FireKeepers, so we figured if the catering menus were similar then we would find the majority of what we were looking for, and maybe have to compromise on a few things they likely would not have. We were so wrong! There were endless options - even for guests with dietary restrictions. Tara assured us that even if we didn’t see it on the menu, just ask and they would likely be able to make it. With Tara’s help we were able to pick a fantastic menu, in budget, with something for everyone: a mix of childhood comfort foods and fancy steakhouse favorites. We also had the chef re-create one of Brian’s favorite hors d’oeuvres from a local charity auction we attended last year: pretzel and beer cheese flights (mini soft pretzels with melted beer cheese served in tiny beer mugs).
One of the first ideas we discussed with the FireKeepers team was that we didn’t want the formality of traditional plated dinner service. It’s nice, just not us. We wanted guests to be free to mingle and to choose what they wanted to eat; but, we were skeptical about “buffet style” dining: i.e., what happens if we run out of a certain food? Is a buffet line too casual? Tara and Ciara suggested we utilize a strolling buffet (or “food stations”) setup throughout the reception space. That way guests aren’t stuck waiting in one huge line, and can visit the different food stations at their own pace. They also assured us that with several restaurants on-site, there is no chance we will run out of food. We instantly loved this idea and this is the service we chose. I don’t want to give all the surprises away for our guests but we are really psyched about our carving station and our mac ‘n cheese station. Oh, and jumbo shrimp cocktail!
For the cocktail hour, however, we wanted to offer guests a different experience. So we will likely have passed hors d’oeuvres, along with our signature cocktails. We want to enjoy all the food and fun just like our guests, so Brian and I are contemplating taking pictures before our ceremony so we don’t miss out on cocktail hour! And don’t get me started on the desserts…nobody will be leaving hungry, we promise!
From Bride, Angela. Part of the Bride's Blog wedding series.