Catering: What Does a Fit Bottomed Bride Do?!

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To provide the treats or not to provide the treats? That is the question.
Credit by: Sylvar

From the moment folks found out I was getting hitched, all I’ve heard is, “Remember, it’s YOUR day.” The funny thing is, I think women stress this because they’re trying to convince themselves and the world that it’s true when in reality it’s a little bit yours and a lot of your friends and family. They may not be choosing the dress and flowers, but you’ll definitely feel the social pinches when it’s time to decide on a guest list and—gasp!—the caterer (the hardest and probably most expensive part of all wedding planning).

I’ve been asking every married lady and her dog (only if said dog was in the wedding party, though) how she decided on the food. Eighty percent of those polled (because I’m official like that) told me that they served what they thought the majority of people would dig. So what if you’re a vegetarian?! Do you serve meat to be nice to your guests? Are you pushing veggie-loving lifestyle on others by serving Tofurkey or are you just really making it about you that day? Is that wrong? One woman I asked is vegan, but served deer and other wild game because of where she grew up. I swear images of her fainting every time she passed by the meat kept popping up in my head while she was telling me the story.

So here’s my deal. I have NO clue what’s happening with my body, but I’ve had to eliminate pretty much everything yummy from my diet. No sugar, no alcohol, no fun. I don’t know how long this will go on, but it’s gonna be a major pain in my faintly fit bottom if everyone’s sipping on signature cocktails while eating heavenly desserts in front of me and my celery plate.

Ladies, I need your help! What would you do? Are you on the Destiny’s Child side (“Cater 2 U)? or are you singing “It’s My Party? Hungry minds want to know. —Tish

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  1. Go to and go through some of the posts. Not all posts resonated with me, but they give you some good things to think about. There is also an online community that you can join to get ideas from as well. It’s how my husband and I decided to say no to the traditional wedding stuff that made us both break out in hives, but we made it an event that reflected us and celebrated our union. Yes, we did cater to family and friends, but we did our way (a little Sinatra for you).
    We actually had BBQ for our wedding at our favorite place in San Diego (his home town), but we also had vegetarian offerings for the few people that weren’t carnivores.

    Bottom line – get what you want, but have something there for everyone in your life. Plus as it gets closer to the date and you have your RSVP you can tweak your menu to better suit.

  2. I served what was most cost effective, which wasn’t as healthy as I would have liked, but it was what made folks happy. not the best ethics in the world, but what can you do?

  3. My husband and I are vegan – his family are vegetarians, mine are mostly carnivores. It was hosted at my family home and the canapes/pudding/cake was paid for by my parents (serial meat eaters) with the main as a gift from someone else. Everything was vegan. We made no concessions to the food – but the open bar all day and night I think may have helped! My parents wanted to serve some cheese at the very least as they are hosting it. But we stuck to our guns and no one mentioned being hungry. We made sure there was more than enough food for everyone. I think it’s a good chance to show that vegans aren’t all lentil eating hippies – push the boundaries! They’re there to enjoy your day as you see fit, be it your choice of food, venue, entertainment, structure of the day… It’s not as if they’re going to starve!