WEDDING : Food for the senses at a destination wedding

A destination wedding is a complete experience in itself. When your guests feast at your wedding, they should be as enchanted by the food as they have been with the venue. A little research on local specialties, and guest preferences will ensure that ever

If you are getting married, you obviously want everything to be perfect Ė from the location, to the dress, to the food. In the case of destination weddings, the food is as important as the locale and you might want to study a bit more before simply making a menu that comprises both your favorite dishes.

Think local. Go for a menu that reflects the area perfectly and uses freshly available local ingredients. If you are getting married in Rajasthan for example, include daalbaatichurma and lalmaansamongst the main courses, and have ghevar served amongst the desserts. But if you are getting married in Goa, your menu should essentially comprise of seafood as thatís the specialty there.

Have finger food ready. Keep a basic selection of finger food on each table on which guests can munch on till everyone else is seated. Simple selection of olives and cheese with a bread basket will also do.

Have severalfood and drink stations. No one wants to stand in line for their food. Convince your caterer to put up multiple food stations so that your guests donít have to wait too long. Plus, this helps in letting the food aromas tickle the senses of your guests.

Safe foods are important too. While you order all the exotic sounding dishes of the area, remember to include some basic stuff too; things that your guests can identify. Older guests especially are hesitant about trying new things, and an octopus cocktail might not meet their idea of a starter. So keep a safe selection of basic items on the menu too.

Donít forget the vegetarians. There would be at least a few vegetarians on your guest list. Make sure your vegetarian menu is as inspired as the non-vegetarian one. Pretty often vegetarians come out of a wedding feeling like secondary citizens. That should not be allowed to happen.

Cocktails and mocktails add zing to the celebration. Hire a bartender who knows the local cuisine and can make drinks to match the ambience, and perhaps color scheme of your wedding. After dinner selection of liqueur and Scotch should be made well in advance.

A destination wedding is a complete experience in itself. When your guests feast at your wedding, they should be as enchanted by the food as they have been with the venue. A little research on local specialties, and guest preferences will ensure that everyone keeps talking about the food and drink for ages at your destination wedding in india.