This post has been a long time coming. I got married back in September 2011. We finally received our wedding photos in January (we didn't go with a traditional photographer) so now I am able to write up a real recap of the big day! To keep it relevant, I'm going to stick to just the food elements from the day.
The above picture is the table is what you saw as soon as you walked into the reception hall. It contained everybody's names and their corresponding seats. Instead of table numbers, we used bottles of beer!
Each card had your name and the name of a beer on it. You sat at the table that matched that bottle of beer. Make sense? Okay.
The bottles in the middle of the tables were empty and were filled with flowers and had an adorable monkey wrapped around them. Whoever won the centerpiece got to keep the monkey and the matching filled bottle of beer that were laid out on the name card table that you can see at the top of this post. As you can see, my husband and I had to drink A LOT of beer before our wedding. We seriously drank these all in a matter of 2 weeks, I think we had 15 tables, so therefore we drank 15 bottles of beer in maybe 2 or 3 weeks before the wedding. Crazy.
We also had 3 different kinds of monkeys, but unfortunately I only have pictures of the grey one. The unofficial theme of our wedding was monkeys and beer.
We opted for a plated dinner just because it would be more organized and would theoretically take up less time. We had 3 dishes you could choose from.
- Maple Chicken - Macadamia nut crusted breast of chicken with a maple pecan sauce
- Tournedoes Forestiere - Grilled petite filet mignons with a wild mushroom sauce and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
These were our main dishes, we also had side salads that came out and lots and lots of hors d'oeuvres, which included:
• Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushroom Caps
• Italian Bruschetta
• Sea Scallops wrapped in Bacon
We also had Dogfish Head Midas Touch as our toasting beer instead of traditional champagne. As far as open bar, we included a keg of Brooklyn Lager and a specific amount of Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. It last all night! We are huge beer people (if you couldn't tell).
Next up is our cake! Our cake, although beautiful, was one of the only disappointing things of the night. The cake cutting was a little anti-climactic and we aren't sure if we got the cake we ordered.
Check out our awesome cake topper! It's adorable and we were really happy with how it came out. One of my good friends and bridesmaid, Laura made it for us.
Cutting the cake.
We ordered the cake from Frederick's Pastries in Nashua, NH. Thinking back, I can't actually remember exactly what one of our layers was. The middle layer and the top layer were Guinness Cake and Guinness chocolate frosting. The bottom layer was pumpkin cake and white almond cake with apple filling, caramel mousse filling and everything topped with white buttercream.
Like I mentioned before, we weren't feeling confident that our Guinness cake was actually Guinness cake. We didn't talk about it until after the wedding and we decided to go in and talk to them about it. We were super polite and honest and we were just hoping to have some confirmation that our cake was made correctly. It was one of the things we really splurged on money wise, so we were really hoping our questions could be answered. The person who made our cake wasn't there that day, but they said they would ask her when she came in and they would give us a call.
We never got a call. Again, we were so polite to the employees at Frederick's, we weren't mad, we were just hoping that maybe the girl who made our cake would remember if she put the Guinness in or not and we would take her word for it. They said if it wasn't right, they would remake our top layer of cake. So, yeah, no phone call. I guess we will just have to wait until we eat our top layer of cake on our 1st anniversary.
Of course, Bongo got some cake too! If there was anybody in our family who didn't know about Bongo, they knew about him after our wedding :D
As wedding favors, we offered everyone a bottle of homebrew Pumpkin Spice beer, brewed by my brother in law, Scott.
Isn't the label cute? This was also made by my super artistic friend Laura who also made our cake topper. She did so much for us in such a short amount of time, thanks again, Laura!
The day was perfect! Everything felt like so us and we customized just about everything we could. We just wanted people to have fun at our wedding and I'm pretty sure we exceeded that goal. What does your dream wedding consist of? What food, beer, alcohol do you plan on having at your wedding?