photo credit Blue Castle Photography
As many of us know from experience, it is exceptionally hard for a bride and groom to get an adequate bite to eat at their own wedding reception. In addition to this, it is often the case that the happy couple doesn't really get to enjoy the food they've so carefully selected for their guests, because they're busy welcoming and thanking those who came to celebrate their big day. It can happen that a bride and groom will escape in their getaway car, after an evening of frivolity and cheer, only to realize that they're famished, exhausted, and seriously deficient in snacks. What option do they have? Fast food? Hotel mini bar? I don't think so! How about an alternative...a wedding picnic basket!
You can do this two ways: purchase a picnic basket and/or a picnic utensil set as a wedding gift for the happy pair OR loan them a basket of your own. Talk to the caterer before the wedding, if possible, and ask that a few servings of the food items be set aside before the reception* for the bride and groom. Pack the couple a getaway basket with foods and desert from the reception, including a good-sized piece of wedding cake, if possible, and (of course) plastic utensils, napkins, and paper plates. Arrange for the basket to be put in the getaway car so that the new Mr. & Mrs. will have a snack as they go on their way. Are these newlyweds of an outdoorsy persuasion? Their picnic basket could be a cooler and camping utensils! This is a delightful surprise for the Exhausted-but-Happy Two and a huge help, too!
With wedding season upon us, I encourage you to extend hospitality to another new Man & Wife! Anyone have ideas for modifying or extending this idea? Please share in the comments! Have you received a wedding picnic basket? Please tell us your reaction to this little gift! I know Dave and I appreciated it!
*Note: It's nice for the bride and groom if you can get a selection of the treats before all the guests have a chance to finish them off...thus the reason to make prior arrangements with the caterer. Dave and I picked a couple items for our reception buffet of finger foods and enjoyed a tiny portion at the beginning of our reception. We knew my mom was going to arrange for a basket, so we were looking forward to enjoying some of our favorites from the spread during our honeymoon, but were greatly disappointed to find that our basket had been packed at the end of the reception, when all the tastiest treats were already fully consumed. Don't get me wrong, the basket was great and the green-beans were yummy...we just would have enjoyed some more of that delicious hot pepper torta and teriyaki meat balls. Fortunately for Dave, my mom remembered to snag several deviled eggs before they were all enjoyed by the guests. Thanks, Mom!