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This is probably my most favorite and least favorite post in quite some time. Why? Well, the heart and soul of this post is all about food. Writing this post was like researching Pinterest for recipes – everything looks so delicious, but then you want to eat. it. all.

Kelly Dillon Photography via SMP | Beaux Arts Photographie via Santa Barbara Chic | Perez Photography via SMP

It’s no secret that a true foodie wouldn’t skimp on the food for their nuptials. But, that doesn’t mean you, as a “non-foodie” should skimp on food. Let’s be honest, if the food at your reception is bad, guests will remember. So, as you plan your menu and work with your caterer, remember that food is part of the overall experience – just like your gown, the flowers, and the venue.

So, how do you make your menu memorable? It’s easier than you think:

Helene DuJardin via Inspired By This | Heather Roth Fine Art Photography via SMP

Think seasonally.
When produce is in season, it’s fresher and more full of flavor. Not to mention, choosing in-season foods means your food bill could be lower.

Elizabeth Messina via Kiss the Groom | The Schultzes via Southern Weddings | Forte Catering & Events via Polka Dot Bride

Lean on your caterers + chefs.
Much like a florist would love for you to give them full creative reign, a chef would to. Use them as a resource to help create a menu that is seasonally inspired, unique and memorable.

Tapenade via Bridal Musings | The Nichols via Southern Weddings | Justin Marantz via SMP

Cohesion.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in “this all tastes good so let’s just go with it” mentality. But, you want to ensure that everything from the appetizers to the salad to the entree pair well together. Think if it much in the same way a sommelier would plan a meal around a bottle of wine – you want everything to cohesively work and taste great.

Jackie Wonders via Inspired By This | Cameron Ingalls via Inspired By This

Taste test.
This one should be a given, but make sure you TASTE your proposed menu. Not only is it an opportunity to try everything before the big day, but it also gives you an opportunity to tweak the meal. From the sauce, to the vegetables or main entree. Plus, most caterers allow at least one complementary tasting when you work with them.

How important was food on your big day?

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been drawn to all things paper lately. This is one area of the industry that I think never feels repetitive, and all the fresh ideas are super inspiring to me. So, I thought today I’d share a little mid-week paper link love (some older, some new) that are definitely worth clicking on.

Seating Charts via Oh So Beautiful Paper
(photo by  Untamed Heart Photography via Brooklyn Bride)

Calligraphy via Style Serendipity
(photo by oh my deer handmades)

Poster Program via Sunny & Stumpy

Watercolor Menu via Elizabeth Anne Designs
(photo by: Jose Villa,  Stationer/Calligrapher: Julie Song Ink)

Dream Catcher Guestbook via Green Wedding Shoes
(photo by: Studio Castillero)

Invitation Suite via Martha Stewart Weddings
(photo by: Corbin Gurkin, Invitation Suite by: CECI New York)


And in case you wanted to get a little creative with your invitation wording, here’s a fantastic link for that!