Wedding Article

More than the Usual Wedding Feast

By Maraya Bien

In a country that enjoys eating as much as the Philippines, food plays an integral part in every special occasion we celebrate. This is especially true in Filipino weddings, where the reception is more than half the celebration.

Because of this, what you serve at your reception can make or break your wedding. You might have spared no expense in your decorations, gown and souvenirs, but if you serve bland, ordinary food, then chances are that is what your wedding will be remembered (and mocked) for in years to come.

To avoid this disaster, consider the following tips and ideas:

Exploit the Filipinos' sweet tooth

One of the rising trends in wedding nowadays is the inclusion of a dessert station in the reception. The popular add-on offers guests an overflowing selection of home-made pastries, cakes, bonbons, candies and everything and anything sweet. Hizon's Catering, Josiah's and Manila Catering are just some of the catering companies that offer the dessert station add-on in their packages.

Having a chocolate fondue fountain is another sweet option you can explore. You can either have one large chocolate fountain (a true attention grabber) or you can opt to have small ones placed at each table (thus automatically also as a centerpiece.) In terms of flavor, you can choose from Belgian dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate. If you are up for something a little more different, you can also check out Hizon's pink (yes, pink) strawberry-flavored fondue fountain (observe how your guest will flock towards the fountain, totally fascinated by the sight of a multi-layered tower of cascading pink liquid.)

With the Filipinos' innate love for anything sweet, no guest will ever say anything bad about your wedding.

Stick to a particular food theme

Most wedding reception menu is a smorgasbord of food of different influences, origins and flavor.

In most Filipino wedding, it is not unusual to find seafood carbonara served along side lechon or beef steak. To make your wedding reception stand out a little more, why not set a theme for y

our wedding feast? Or serve a menu which has one common secret ingredient, ala Iron Chef America :) You can also try serving food from a particular region. Why not go with an Asian theme and serve a Hanjoungshik, the full-course Korean meal or Josiah's shabu-shabu or exotic Mongolian barbecue? If Mediterranean cooking is more to your liking, then check out Alba Restaurante Español's, for authentic Spanish cuisine (think: paella, gazpacho, lengua) or Cuillère for French food.

Add fun and unusual elements

One sure way to make your wedding reception memorable is to incorporate unique and fun elements that will not only satisfy you guests' discriminating appetite but will also leave them grinning broadly from enjoyment. Why not try adding an ice cream station? Arce Dairy Ice Cream offers sherbets, the Filipino sorbetes or, if you're diabetic, sugar-free ice cream. You can also try serving gelato, a more sophisticated version of the ice cream that traces its origin back to 16th century Sicily. Fiorgelato, the Italian ice cream maker in the country, caters to parties (weddings, birthdays, etc.) of clients with a penchant for the cold delicacy.

If you and your future spouse are not big fans of sweets or if you just want to be different, then why don't you consider setting up a cheese station, like that of La Tasca's, in lieu of a dessert buffet? Make your wedding stand out by offering your guests a lavish spread of various cheeses they can savor and enjoy.

You can also consider setting up a coffee station in your reception. Serve espressos, cappuccinos or good ol' kapeng barako. This emerging trend will not only ensure that they are alive and active for the entire program, but its extravagance will also give them something to talk about for the next few weeks. You can take a look at Better Pan Catering's enZuno Coffee Bar if you want to explore this option.

If coffee is not your "thing" but still want something more special than the straight-out-of-the-bottle/pitcher serving of the drinks, then consider a more ornate and elaborate presentation. Take for example, Manila Catering Service's fruit punch fountain. Fruit punch may not be the most unique drink in the world, but the number of ways the product can be "dressed" (from a simple "Zen" manner to a lush and colorful arrangement) and its versatility to adapt to each occasion what makes it a lovely and memorable addition to a wedding.

Your wedding is a reflection of you and your husband's tastes and personalities. The details you choose, the elements you incorporate, all these tell your guests who you really are. Now, wouldn't you want them to have only good things to say about it?

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  • Hizon's Catering
  • Josiah's
  • Manila Catering Service
  • Alba Restaurante Español
  • Fiorgelato
  • Metro Weddings Vol. 6 No. 2
  • Via Mare
  • Cuillere
  • Arce Dairy Ice Cream
  • La Tasca
  • Better Pan Catering
  • Sonya's Garden