Ok, I admit it. I can recite the Father of the Bride movie almost word for word. Steve Martin as George Banks and his perfect one-liners.
“You know, that's not a bad idea. Who else can we ask not to eat?
My parents- your mother.”
“A cake, Franck, is made of flour and water. My first car didn’t cost $1200.”
And that brings us to Franck Eggelhoffer, the wedding planner extraordinaire. Who can forget the hilarious back and forth between George and Franck debating the menu (of course said in accent!)-
“No Franck. Tell Hanck it's not okay. If I have to move out all the furniture and add amps and repaint the walls and get a new tux and pay for swans, then I'd like the cheaper chicken. Is that clear?”
While there are many factors that go into selecting the menu, by the time the wedding day rolls around, your guests aren’t privy to all the back and forth. Do we go with the filet or the cheaper chicken? They just get to enjoy a wonderful meal. Having a menu at the wedding allows your guests to know what type of food is being served and allows the chef to showcase the hand-picked ingredients. It is especially helpful if you have many out of town guests who may not have eaten traditional local fare.
If your guests have a choice of entrees at the wedding, the menu will explain the options. If your caterers need the selection prior to the big day, you can ask your guests to pre-select an entree. Typically this option is given on the RSVP card, and guests are asked to initial a choice for each guest. You can be specific with the description, or more generic. I love the use of small icons.
When designing the menu, tie in colors or use a motif that was carried from the programs or napkins. Be sure to think about the table linens and place setting. You will want the menus to complement everything since they will be front and center on the platesYou could say that watching and re-watching Father of the Bride in college did give me job preparation! I love all of the details, and helping our brides pull everything together. Because after all, it’s the little details that add up making your wedding unforgettable.
I think George Banks said it best after all…
“Well that’s the thing about life, is the surprises, the little things that sneak up on you and grab hold of you.”