A GF Wedding! Seriously??

Authored by: Jim Emerson
December 31, 2012

If you think you can’t offer your wedding guests a menu that is both completely gluten-free and downright delicious, think again!

For a number of reasons, including food sensitivities and life-style choice, many couples are seeking alternatives to the traditional wedding menu options.

There is no doubt that the additional challenge to accommodate various guests food challenges and preferences (be it gluten-free or vegan) can be difficult, but the food options and menu possibilities are almost endless.

If you’re up to the challenge, here are a few ideas for creating a gluten-free wedding reception that will not disappoint – from a food perspective at least:

1)    When choosing your venue/caterer ask if they offer a gluten-free menu and talk about examples of possible gluten-free entrees. Discuss your expectations for the menu and, if you are committed to a 100 percent gluten-free wedding, let the venue know that up front.

2)    Ask questions like, “Do you check your ingredients – even the sauces – to see if they are gluten-free?” or “How do you prevent cross-contamination?” or “Do you have a separate area or day of the week when you prepare your gluten-free food?” If you want your reception to be 100% gluten-free these are questions you should be asking.

3)    Keep in mind the time of the year that you are getting married, as the best wedding menus take into consideration the season. They feature beets, parsnips, asparagus and rhubarb in the spring; broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries and raspberries in the summer; tomatoes, peppers, corn, and blueberries in the fall, and squash, potatoes, yams, and pears in the winter.

4)    Be flexible. If your vendor/caterer is not able to replicate your “perfect entrée”, be open to their suggestions – their recommendations may be even better than you had envisioned.   

Let your gluten-free menu reflect your lifestyle, showcase your commitment to health and wellness and highlight how tasty gluten-free food really is. After all, everyone loves great food!  

As always, follow along at our blog.  We post lots of content that will help you create your perfect, hopefully stress-free, wedding day.

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About the Author: Jim Emerson

Author Website: https://www.enduringpromises.com


Wedding Crashers….

Authored by: Rinette Emerson
December 14, 2012

Unexpected wedding guests are not uncommon. A few “unfamiliar” faces at your ceremony aren’t a big deal, but unwanted guests (an ex or psychotic aunt) at your reception are another story.

To help avoid any confusion as to who is invited, write the names of the guests on your invitations rather than inviting “The Smith Family”. Otherwise, “The Smiths” may think that their children and their children’s dates are invited.

If you do have a few unexpected guests show up, here are a few suggestions which may come in handy:

1)    The most polite thing you can do is ask your venue to set additional place settings and prepare extra entrees for the unexpected guests. If this just isn’t possible, ask the guests to return after the meal to enjoy the dancing. 

2)    Ask a family member to keep an eye open for anyone they don’t recognize. If they are not sure, ask him to check with you, your spouse and both sets of parents to see if the guest is truly invited.

3)    If the guest is unwanted, let someone else -Best Man, Wedding Planner, Security or Venue Manager – handle the situation. Don’t hesitate to remove unwanted guests from your reception, as they may have one-to-many and become unruly.

4)    If you are afraid you will have a “wedding crasher”, hire security and give him a photo of anyone you suspect my attempt to cause a scene.

Getting upset only ruins your wedding day, so don’t show any irritation or anger at the situation – take a deep breath, smile and be gracious. Remember, you have waited a long time for this day, so don’t let an unexpected guest take away from your celebration.

As always, follow along at our blog.  We post lots of content that will help you create your perfect, hopefully stress-free, wedding day.

Go, check out our Tips and Suggestions and we’ll catch up with you next time!

About the Author: Rinette Emerson

Prior to Enduring Promises, Rinette worked with clients on strategic communications, online development programs, corporate branding and helping clients “get found” online. After officiating her first wedding, many years ago, Rinette was hooked – and now she is a sought after wedding Officiant. A little-known fact about Rinette…she is an amazing artist! You can follow her on LinkedIn.

 

Author Website: https://www.enduringpromises.com