I'm a really picky eater. I always say I have the pallet of a 5 year old. I don't eat a lot of veggies and I detest fruits that parade around as veggies (such as tomatoes and cucumbers). So I guess it makes sense that I'd like buffets in terms of wedding food, there wouldn't be anything on my plate that I didn't choose. Truth be told, I don't think I've been to a wedding reception that had a sit down dinner. The most recent wedding I went to, my cousin Jaina's, had build your own burgers and salads. The two before that were receptions for my cousins Josh and David, each with a buffet of home made salads and meat and cheese platters. Perhaps it's my picky pallet or the lack of experience with a sit down dinner but I've always wanted a buffet at my wedding.
After much thought and a book from the library titled Cater Your Own Wedding. I decided that was the way to go, as long as we kept it simple. I had a very simple plan and menu. Store bought, or even home made, platters, meat and cheese, veggies, and fruit, with a build your own green salad and several other salads (macaroni, pasta, fruit, potato) made by various family members (those family members reading this, be prepared to be solicited for help in about a year, maybe sooner). Of course, this was all in my head and when I wrote it down and showed it to Lawrence, he made a change. Instead of meat and cheese (effectively sandwiches), Lawrence wants barbequed meats. Not the end of the world, and we know someone who makes good barbeque.
To drink, I figured we'd serve Thomas Kemper (or other brand) soda, lemonade and water. I'm still not sure about alcohol. A large part of the guest list won't be drinking for various reason (Mormons, children, recovering alcoholics). So I'm stuck with the dilemma of whether or not to serve alcohol for the other portion of the guest list that does drink. I'm a little worried that some people won't get out on the dance floor without a little liquid courage but maybe I'm wrong. When I told my bridesmaids I was thinking about having a dry wedding, both Jessica and Kat were incredulous. I keep wondering how tacky it would be to say (not anywhere official) BYOB or perhaps we will end up buying a couple bottles of wine and a case of beer or have a rum punch of some sort.