Weddings 101: Five Things Your Wedding Guests Don’t Care About

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“A gloomy guest fits not a wedding feast” –Friedrich Schiller
Wedding planning can be incredibly stressful—there are just a lot of things to take into consideration. A good wedding package in the Philippines, the wedding venue, the catering, the wedding decorations—these are just a fraction of what wedding planning truly is in its entirety. Another thing that would add to the list of what you have to consider is how receptive your guests will be to some aspects in your wedding. While this is an excellent mindset for couples who want to commemorate a joyous event with their guests’ best interests at heart, you would be surprised to find that there are a lot of things that guests do not really care about. Perhaps if you knew what these things were, you would not be as keen and meticulous in executing them well and devote more of your time to planning the other aspects of your wedding. Furthermore, if you worried less about this stuff, then you can take away a bit of what is stressing you out.

Here are just a few things your guests do not care about and you probably should not spend a lot of time fussing over:

  1. Wedding Invitations

In this digital age, more and more couples are opting to go paperless when it comes to their wedding invitations. Not only is it nature-friendly and green, but it is economic and practical as well and yet, a lot of couples have this staunch belief that their invitations should be an elaborate presentation of what their wedding guests can expect. While it might be a brief prelude and introduction of what your guests can expect, it barely makes an impression and would likely end up in the waste bin after your wedding.

  1. The Guest Book

Most guests cannot really be bothered to just jot down their names on a huge guest book just to confirm they have indeed attended your wedding. So, instead of having them sign something that is akin to a roll call once they are done, incorporate a little creativity on what would have been a dull book. Plaster your photo on a large piece of paper and have guests write their wedding wishes for you on it. You can then have it framed after the wedding and you and your spouse can have a grand time reading about what your guests wish for you.

  1. The Flowers

Flowers are an important aspect and beautiful floral arrangements are always a welcome addition to your chosen wedding venue. Flowers are also a way of incorporating your personal style into a space. However, there is such a thing as floral arrangements being too extravagant. Those exorbitantly priced golden roses might look stunning, but it is hardly practical and not one of your guests would probably look back on your wedding day and remember the ostentatious display of floral wreaths. Your guests will appreciate the floral arrangements you have chosen—regardless of how much you have spent for them.

  1. The Dress

While this is more for yourself than your guests, there is really no practical reason to blow your bridal budget on a fancy dress that you are going to wear just once and never again. You can look just as stunning in a more affordable gown provided you know how to carry yourself in it. After all, it is not always about the price of the gown but rather how you bring yourself confidently in it. So, even if your wedding gown is sans the designer label, your guests are still sure to think you are a beautiful bride.

  1. The Cake

Wedding cakes are excellent, but apart from using it for the cake-slicing portion of the program there is really not much use for it as most couples opt to serve a different cake to their guests. While towering and meticulously detailed wedding cakes make for a great addition to your wedding reception, your guests would not miss it. Instead, you can opt to have a cake that is within your budget and which tastes great as well—and one you can serve to your guests as well.

 

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Wedding Food 101: Foods Your Guests Secretly Hate

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“Food is our common ground, a universal experience” -James Beard

 

A funny and somewhat hackneyed adage as regards wedding food once said that the most dangerous food to eat is a wedding quote. However, from a couple’s standpoint, it is far more dangerous to serve wedding food to their guests which they would secretly hate but pretend to love anyhow. It is no question that it is your big day and the occasion is all about you and your husband-to-be tying the knot, but the wedding food is a pivotal aspect of a wedding. In fact, in some rare cases, it dictates the success or failure of a particular event.

Serve too little and your guests would go hungry, serve them too much and you are likely to foot an exorbitant bill but serving them something they do not like altogether would spell a disaster for everyone. Not only will you and your guests have to stomach down the food served, but your wedding will be known as one of those events whose food did not make much of an impression. With this in mind, it would be imperative for you to gloss over the catering services in Pasay and see the types of the menu they offer. Otherwise, it might be helpful if you knew which wedding food items do not score high in most wedding guests’ scorecards.

1.) Appetizers that are hard to eat

It is no question that most modern weddings would now incorporate gimmicky things into their wedding—even if that means having food that is rather quirky and a bit hard to eat. Your guests are already having a hard time mingling with the other guests during the cocktail hour, do no make it even harder for them by giving them appetizers that are incredibly hard to eat and would likely cause them to make a mess. Have straightforward nibbles during cocktail hour—one which your guests can eat with one hand and balance a drink in their other hand.

2.) Weird signature cocktails

More often than not, these cocktails were engineered specifically for your wedding and are given monikers that would combine yours and your spouse’s or something cute like “Something Blue”. However, while the sentiment may be romantic (though a tad bit cheesy) to you, more often than not these concoctions do not taste as great as their name suggests. If they are too sickeningly sweet or are bland and watery, your guests would much rather have beer and wine than something that stimulates their gag reflex.

3.) Rubbery Chicken

Serving chicken at your wedding is a hit or miss thing. More often than not, it is the mode of preparation that contributes to how the dish will be received. However, considering that chicken is prepared hours before it is going to be served to your guests, that tender and juicy chicken your guests should have tasted will have been transformed into a piece of chewy rubber. And as unfortunate as it sounds, no one finds dried-out chicken marsala and cordon bleu appetizing to eat at all.

4.) Vegetable Bundles

While healthy options are always welcome, limp and soggy vegetables are not. Sure, the presentation looks superb as most of these vegetables are wrapped like little presents, but they would hardly add anything to the meal. Apart from the tasteless option, it would only make it obvious that you had obviously seriously overlooked the sides department. If you want a much more satisfactory option, buttery mashed potatoes, ravioli and pasta are great choices.

5.) Gluten-Free Everything

Even if you and your groom are on a special diet, make your big day your biggest cheat day. After all, just because you are on a restrictive diet, it does not mean that you should subject your wedding guests to the same limitations as well. While serving vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes are perfectly acceptable, overhauling the entire menu to make it all vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free is another story. Let your guests enjoy their meal and at least give them options that they are likely to find acceptable.

 

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A Historic Wedding at La Castellana

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All of us wants our wedding to be as momentous as possible – the kind that lingers in the memories for many years. Having a memorable wedding takes more than just the attire and food, but also the venue. In fact, the venue can make or break any wedding. For a truly unforgettable wedding, La Castellana is the perfect wedding venue for you.

Dubbed as the melting pot of all celebrations, La Castellana is a Spanish-inspired al fresco site found inside Intramuros. The venue serves as the perfect backdrop for cultural weddings and religious matrimonial ceremonies. Aside from that, there are a lot of wedding package Philippines to choose from.

Guests are welcomed by the venue’s grand foyer adorned with equally grandiose amber crystal chandelier. Celebrations take place at the Salon de Joaquin Ballroom, a 400-seater covered courtyard built with an impressive cooling system. Salon de Joaquin is named after La Castellana’s patriarch.

Another courtyard is the El Jardin de la Luz, an outdoor sanctuary filled with swanky pocket gardens, spacious gazebo with mini waterfalls and elegant side arches. The courtyard features the Garden of Light, a cloverleaf-shaped fountain at its center. Hanging lamps made from crystal verinas embellished the courtyard, adding a cozier ambiance at night.

Further, the location has a luxurious bridal suite perfect for the bride-to-be called Sala de Gleceria. Glorifying the name of the owner’s matriarch, Sala de Gleceria is designed with the brides-to-be in mind. It’s like a sweet escape for the bride as she relaxes on the bridal oasis before wearing her gown, shoes and makeup. The best part is a string quartet serenades the bride and everyone in the suite all throughout the preparation.

Patio Domingo is the veranda overlooking Salon de Joaquin Ballroom. Named after the father of the La Castellana’s owner, the open-air veranda is the perfect location to view the breathtaking sunset while overlooking equally picturesque scenes such as Manila Cathedral’s dome.

La Castella has a very few elite partner caterers, one of which is Hizon’s Catering. The management is very scrupulous when it comes to on-site food preparation. Aside from the dedicated kitchen, there are shower rooms specifically built for the food attendants to ensure they are well-dressed when they serve the guests. They also get to relax in the crew lounge.

Other mention-worthy amenities are the vast parking spaces with ever-dedicated traffic marshals and well-lit comfort rooms with uniformed washroom attendants. There are also uniformed security officers. Finally, the location boasts of wheelchair accessible facilities.

Found inside the walled city of Intramuros, La Castellana can make any wedding a truly memorable one. To-be-weds will find facilities and amenities unique to the venue alone – those that majority of the venues in Intramuros lack. A one-event-at-a-time venue, couples, and their guests can have all of La Castellana to themselves and revel in the magnificence of the venue.Image source

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Wedding Receptions: Four Types of Food Never to Serve At Your Wedding

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“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” -James Beard
A witty and catchy proverb about weddings has said that the most dangerous food is a wedding cake. Although it is meant to be funny and entertaining, the adage’s sentiment echoes a metaphor that you should be careful and at least meticulous about what you serve to your guests. You may have scoured countless of wedding packages in the Philippines, but your guests would hardly find any of the garlands of flowers, or splendid entourage ensembles memorable but giving them a hearty and savory dinner experience will certainly make an impressive impact. Without a doubt, most of your guests would be looking forward to what they will eat during your wedding reception and you ought not to disappoint and deliver. Indeed, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make when planning your wedding is the menu as well as the appropriate budget for it seeing as feeding a sizable guest list would not come in cheap.

To make the decision-making the process a bit easier and less complicated, know which types of food you should not include in your list and from there you can create a menu that will leave your guests with a lasting and memorable taste in their mouths.

1.) Food that requires an intricate setup

While it may look gorgeous by the buffet table and is an entertainment feat itself, the main attraction of your wedding reception should be you and your new spouse. Not the food prepared. Having your caterer prepare complicated setups for food stuff might sound like a great way to make an impact and impress your friends. In a sense, it would even set your wedding apart, but unless you are celebrating an intimate wedding, it would be challenging to get each dish made for each guest. Choose another way to dazzle your guests apart from making complicated food.

2. Anything Raw

While sushi and sashimi are excellent additions to the wedding banquet, serving other kinds of raw food items can be potentially risky. Steak tartare might sound sublime, but the two primary ingredients are raw meat and a runny egg. It might look elegant and grand, but in some cases, it would not do your or your guests’ stomachs any favors. Skip the uncooked fares and best be safe rather than sorry.

3.) An all meat (or anything) buffet

To any meat lovers out there, this sounds like the only way to throw a wedding banquet. Dishes upon dishes of various meats—a carnivorous treat if you may. While the array of different meat might sound like a succulent feast to you, your guests might not have the same enthusiasm. Regardless of what your favorite food might be, it is always best to introduce a little bit of variety. Similarly, cheese lovers, seafood lovers, and chocolate lovers should introduce dishes that are not all chocolate based, cheese based and the like. After all, there are only so many ways you can prepare dishes from a single ingredient.

4.) Mini versions of everything

Traditionally, it would be great to serve your guest’s tea sandwiches, mini-sized burgers, and even pocket-sized pizza during the cocktail hour while they are waiting for you to make your grand entrance. However, serving mini versions of everything is not a great idea if this is all you are serving. Your guests would need a little more substantial during the main course and believe or not, the cocktail drinks and finger foods are there only to keep their hunger at bay, not fully satiate it. Consider serving something a bit more filling than soup and salads.

 

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10 Dishes and Drinks to Avoid at Any Wedding Reception

If there is one thing which can constantly remind your guests of your wedding even years after it happened that would be the wedding reception food. Talk about nostalgia, this can be good or bad, depending on the experience. Before you hire Philippine catering services, think of the types of food and beverage that you want your provider to serve beforehand.

Even choosing the wedding food is a process that may require the opinion and recommendations of other people although, of course, your chosen caterer can offer suggestions. Bottom-line, if you don’t want any of your guests to suffer from allergy, upset stomach or bad breath, just ditch these menu options.

1) Garlic-y food

Garlic and onion are fine in moderation, but too much of such can lead to having bad breath for hours. Considered as the worst offending ingredients, no one of your guests would love to see their meal with lots of garlic.

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2) Too spicy food

While it is an acquired taste, your guest will surely not appreciate a buffet table full of spicy options. Unless you are going to have a 100% spicy food-loving guest list, you will only leave them feeling hungry and thirsty. Surely, not a suitable environment for a wedding!

3) Bloating bread

Breads are used to complete a meal or as a garnish. However, unless your wedding theme is breakfast, endless bread options can only bloat out your guests’ tummies. If breads are really needed, make sure that serving them is properly paced. Don’t serve breads right before the party starts.

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4) Sauce-y food

Pastas are okay, but only those that are not too sauce-y especially since weddings are formal events. These food items are disaster waiting to happen. Imagine how embarrassing it may get when you suddenly make a sound while slurping the sauce or when a kid unconsciously splashes the sauce on your gown or on that of the bridesmaid or any guest.

5) Cheese wheels

Cheese station and cheese wheel wedding cake are common nowadays. There is nothing completely wrong with these. However, make sure that you know your cheeses. A wheel of stinky cheese is enough to make your venue stench. Your guests will start leaving sooner than later.

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6) Stain-y wines

Red wine for toasting is okay, and they are also great as an accompaniment to main dishes. However, there are slight problems that come with drinking red wine. First is the possibility of spillage and second is that it stains the teeth and the corners of the mouth. Not good when you have guests to greet.

7) Teeth sinkers

Bits and pieces can get through the in-betweens of the teeth. Not that your guests will not appreciate the herbed meals, for instance. However, if these are unnecessary, then just skip them.

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8) Excessive sweets

Candy or chocolate stations are ideal if you have kids on your guest list. Some kids, however, have no idea or deliberately ignore their limits. So, make sure that the kiddos understand that the candies are not unlimited otherwise you will have highly energetic tots around roaming around the reception, and irritated parents at that.

9) Hot dishes

Well, dishes should be served hot, right? But for a wedding summer on a tropical island like ours, it would be best to diversify the menu. A hot soup, hot meal and hot dessert? Your guests won’t like to swelter, so serve something cool instead. Serve it either at the start or the end of the main course.

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10) Bubbly

Sometimes, a wedding is not complete without bubbly and sparkly drinks. Again, timing is important. For example, a glass of champagne before a speech can lead to a fizzy fiasco.

Evidently, there can be little compromises here and there. The most important thing to remember is while weddings should be a reflection of who you truly are, a little consideration will go a long way. Think of your guests as well as the weather, the dress code, the location, etc. In taking all the little details when making food and drink-related decisions, your wedding will surely be remembered for all the right reasons.

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Making Your Wedding Menu Memorable

It is true they say that the food either makes or breaks a wedding. Just the right reason you should choose the best provider of catering in Philippines. The problem is most catering providers in the Philippines has a pre-defined menu option that comes with your chosen package. Don’t forget that food and drinks can liven up any wedding reception.

How can you make your wedding menu a menu that your guests will rave about even after leaving the reception?

1) Settle on a budget

Every food and drink-related decision will impact the overall cost. Make sure that you pin down a realistic budget early on. It would be wiser to set a realistic budget that has certain allowances and then, stick to it. Sticking to a budget is often a challenge. That’s why you need to make it realistic which means it should accommodate the change in the number of guests, for instance.

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2) Choose a style

Wedding themes usually dictate the overall style of the wedding. Nonetheless, there are other factors to consider before settling for the kind of catering. Some of these factors are whether the wedding is a formal or informal event and which day of the week and time of day. For example, if the wedding is a formal one wherein the scheduled dinner is by 8 pm, a multiple-coursed sit-down, plated dining style is more appropriate.

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3) Start early

An unforgettable menu starts with choosing the right caterer. Shortlist at least three to five options. Ask your shortlisted caterers A LOT of questions. As much as possible, look for a venue first. Your goal should be finding a venue that your chosen caterer is accredited to. Through this, you can save yourself from additional corkage fees. Make sure that your chosen caterer can accommodate innovative wedding menus to make your food and drink to truly standout.

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4) Determine estimates

In reality, the estimated number of guests including their plus-ones dictate the overall catering budget. If you really want to serve an impressive menu, you might as well invite only the most important in your lives. If limiting the guest list is not an option, then consider making creative choices such as asking your caterer to set up a pasta bar and other bars and stations rather than a carving station. Surely, a SOP is for a caterer to bring another 10% of the food for buffering for unexpected surprises. Thus, make sure that you are giving it an accurate estimate.

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5) Go local

Local and seasonal ingredients cost less. Ask your caterer if it can plan your menu around what’s freshest for that season particularly regionally grown ingredients. Whichever you choose, just don’t make your guests sick. Forget about exotic animal products and raw meats and anything that’s too salty or spicy. Also, make sure that the caterer knows what it is preparing. For instance, sushi is better prepared by a sushi chef.

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6) Be considerate

Consider your guests’ allergies and dietary restrictions, and discuss this in advance with your chosen caterer. If you cannot plan an entirely gluten-free wedding, kindly tell your vegan friends about their options come your wedding day. The same goes with your guests who you know are suffering from a type of allergy. Diversify the menu as much as possible whereby it should include vegetables, seafood, dairy and meat (pork, beef, etc.).

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The biggest pitfall of any wedding is not having enough food for the guests. This will leave an impression, but not a good one. And, you don’t want this to happen to your wedding. One more thing… don’t skimp especially on portions! Just be creative in making your menu choices, and your guests will surely remember the effort behind the food.

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