They say that you should focus your money on three things/areas of your wedding.
Unless of course you have unlimited funds & an amazing wedding planner.
Another thought is that too much is just that....too much.
With a smallish budget we chose food, decor & extras as our focus.
Food because I think it is so yummy & you really should feed people if you love them.
Decor because it can create any atmosphere that you want & we wanted a bit of glam.
And extras because it was new years eve & you need extras to make a fun party.
Let's start with food.
I love to eat the really good stuff like lobster & spaghetti without meat & butter & creme brulee & lovely heavenly creamy glorious milk chocolate (go away if you are a dark chocolate fan).
And some of the trashy stuff like taco truck & cola slurpees & curly puffy cheetos & tequila shots.
All that would have been a great dinner mix but a really screwed up tummy afterwards.
Because our ceremony was to be on the back patio & the temperature was to be a high of 50 & a low of 33 we had a propane heater on the patio & also a fire pit in the lounge area under the trees for comfort & the smokers.
But I thought something warm to drink would be nice for during the ceremony.
Sort of the same idea as a cocktail immediately handed to you upon arrival at the reception.
But warm so you don't freeze your ass off & leave.
And of course some cookies to go with it.
Cookies are always good.
I purchased black hot drink paper cups but they just needed a little something extra.
Gold Christmas tinsel garland it is.
You'll see it used here & there throughout the night.
I hot glued the garland on, THEN after I was halfway through I thought....'uh oh, what if a hot drink rewarms the glue & it melts off?'.
Thankfully it held up pretty well.
Our cups for cocoa....
We also self catered dinner.
Not too difficult if your wedding is smallish.
Spiral hams are easiest for buffet serving, good bread, salad & a nice mac & cheese with mushrooms & white truffle oil.
The only thing I actually made was the mac & cheese,the recipe is at the bottom of this post.
As the night went on there were nibbles....prawns with cocktail sauce, a variety of olives, a nice nut mix & chocolates.
I love Salvatore's fish eye photos.
There was plenty of champagne which everyone brought in leiu of a gift, wine from my sister Willow & her husband John, a light punch & coffee.
And of course cake.
We chose to not have a traditional wedding cake, instead, having 3 coordinating cakes.
Yeah, there was a dent somehow.
You know what?
We still ended up married.
Even with a dented cake.
Cakes really don't matter.
Also, Fred found the vintage cake topper in a Jamestown antique store.
I love this guy (Fred).
Who does that?
She needed a little work.
I washed her skirt, made her a bouquet & glittered what was left of her head piece.
I absolutely love these two.
Oh, & I don't cut cake.
I just eat it.
This is a forced photo.
If I had cut it, then I would probably wear it.
Okay....the mac & cheese with mushrooms & white truffle oil.
Normally what I want from macaroni & cheese is oozy, creamy, really cheesey.
Not this time.
This mac & cheese needed to be a bit upscale.
There isn't a photo, I was busy getting married to the man I adore.