Trying to get the menu right for your wedding day is about as close to an edible tightrope walk as it’s possible to come. On the one hand, it’s all too easy to blow your entire budget on something so overly extravagant that you’re going to spend the rest of your married life running away from repo men. On the other, if you don’t deliver, hundreds of hungry guests may never forgive you. It’s a tough one to call.
Providing a stern warning about the dangers of getting it wrong/inviting a bunch of ingrates to share your big day, one couple discovered just what can happen if your catering doesn’t meet expectations. Posting on a private Facebook “wedding shaming group”, an anonymous social media user shared photos of what they felt were substandard menu options. The pictures, and the comments that accompanied them, have since been seen around the world.
Under the condescending caption, “A wedding feast for your eyes”, the user shared a confusing collection of fuzzy photographs, showing what the photographer clearly felt was a subpar cooking effort. The photos in question featured a slightly eccentric mixture of individual unwrapped slices of “plastic” cheese, sticks of celery and carrot, melon, irregular orange slices and some gooey brownie squares. While unlikely to win any Michelin stars, the selection wasn’t going to kill anyone.
The group, apparently, disagreed. Several commenters described the spread as “pathetic”, while one even likened it to food served at kids' parties, elaborating, "This is basically what we served at my three-year-old's birthday party. Except we had quiche and strawberries." Another suggested that "This is what happens when you ask your family to cook for your wedding." It seems that the photos did not meet the group’s exacting standards for suitable wedding grub.
Particular ire seemed to be reserved for the treatment of the oranges. Several comments questioned why the segments still had plastic labels stuck to the skin, with one perplexed group member asking, "They took the time to unwrap hundreds of slices of fake cheese but couldn't be bothered to take the sticker off the fruit?" A second took particular issue with the style of slicing, adding, "I don't even know how they cut orange that way. It must have made it harder as usually, you cut in half then into quarters. That looks like a third." Clearly, if you’re catering to an audience concerned about orange trigonometry, you’re already on thin ice.
Weddings can be incredibly stressful for several reasons. Best man’s speeches, drunk relatives and fighty inlaws are all potential reasons for crippling embarrassment. If this story proves anything, and if the list of comments currently circulating the wedding forums of the internet are anything to go by, picky eaters can be equally trying. For anyone hoping to tie the knot in the future, serving something that satisfies everybody may be much harder than you’d think.