This past weekend hubby and I attended a wedding at the gorgeous Royal Hawaiian Hotel. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. WEDDINGS. I just LOVE attending weddings. My entire career has been in the banquets/catering industry and it combines my passion for parties with my passion for food! I love special events for the same reason I love food: it brings together families and friends for a room filled with love.
The grand Monarch Room was certainly overflowing with love for the beautiful bride and groom as we celebrated their marriage with good food, music, and a spectacular Chinese lion dance.
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel did a fantastic job on the food & drinks. I was so impressed with their sleek yet creative buffet presentation and dessert display. The quality of the food was excellent – so much better than I ever remembered it prior to the renovations.
The evening started out with cocktails and hors d’oeuvre on the Ocean Lawn: beef tenderloin skewers, salmon pastry rolls, and greek pasta salad.
And for dinner, my appetizer plate included: new potato salad, Big Island greens with herbs, baby romaine with caesar dressing and white anchovies, Asian pulled chicken salad, and chilled prawns with mango sauce. Everything was so tastefully done!
Then I returned to the buffet for my entrees: roasted potatoes, sautéed vegetables, pork medallions, oriental style steamed snapper, herb crusted prime rib, and jasmine rice perfumed with lemongrass.
And of course, desserts: guava bread pudding, coconut flan, flourless chocolate cake, Kona coffee opera cake, lilikoi cheesecake “lollipops”, and creme brulee.
The evening was such a treat for hubby and I as we enjoyed the good food and good company. We were also honored that the couple asked us to help with many of the logistical aspects of the reception and being involved made it that much more fun.
There’s a phrase in Hawaii that I’ve heard so many couples (or their parents and in-laws) planning their wedding jokingly say – “the only thing the guests will remember is the food”. Well, I wholeheartedly disagree with this approach to wedding planning. It’s so old-fashioned and a bit insulting to your guests’ intelligence. Of course this is a food blog so that’s what I’ve focused on here, but what your guests really remember about your special day is how they felt. Did you make them feel special, welcomed, and appreciated for coming all this way? Did they feel blessed and honored to be standing there witnessing your marriage? And most of all, were you able to share the joy and love you have for each other with all of your guests? These are achieved through a combination of careful planning of the details (venue, food & beverage, ambience) while allowing yourselves to be relaxed enough to reflect on what the big day is really about. As long as you’re successful in making your guests feel special and feel your love, they will fondly remember your special day…