Food: Of all the elements that go into a wedding, food and beverages are probably one of best places to showcase favorites of both the bride and groom.
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1. If the groom loves sports, why not have sports-related treats passed around after dinner. Here, a vendor reminds guests of an old-time baseball game. Cracker Jacks and peanuts are another baseball snack; nachos and hot dogs would make for a fun late-night bite. (photo from Rebecca Thuss )
2. Does the groom have a favorite dish that his mother or grandmother or uncle is known for? See if your caterer can include it in the dinner, or set up a dessert buffet including his favorite sweets… (photo from Pronovias via Brides)
3. Alongside a signature cocktail, why not serve the groom’s favorite beer? Buying one type in bulk is also a great way to save money. (photo from Details Event Planning )
4. There’s no reason hors d’oeuvres have to be stuffy. Miniature versions of the groom’s favorite foods, like french fries or lobster rolls, are a fun option. (mini hors d’oeuvres by Callahan Catering)
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The groom’s cake is a mysterious thing down here in Australia. We hear the term and the question is raised, what is a groom’s cake?
The groom’s cake is a tradition hailing from Southern USA (though other sources tell me it’s from Europe). In the 1800’s, the wedding cake (a light cake) became known as the bride’s cake and thus the darker groom’s cake was born.
Instead of the usual fruitcake or light coloured cake, the groom’s cake is usually a little more creative – something richer or darker like chocolate is the usual choice. It is also often ordered as a surprise from the bride to the groom.
The fun part of the groom’s cake is the decoration. Instead of a tiered cake with flowers or bows this cake can take on a special meaning to the groom. A football, a character from his favourite TV show or as seen in Steel Magnolias– an armadillo.
If not eaten at the reception, the groom’s cake is boxed to take home.
A little tale tells us that a single girl who sleeps with a slice of the groom’s cake under her pillow will dream of the man they’re going to marry (or end up with a messy pillow!)
The groom’s cake is otherwise eaten the night before the wedding at the rehearsal dinner or during day after the wedding celebrations.
You can of course use different things. I’ve seen beautiful raw edged silk flowers in fabrics of the bridesmaids gowns, coral and seashells for a beach side wedding, rust coloured leaves in autumn, herbs at a garden wedding bound with ribbon, wheat at a farm wedding. The only limit is your imagination!