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And we’re ahead of the game!

Posted in Details, Edibles with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 by nightmarewedding

I take back what I said about our reception venue. It has become the ex-boyfriend-turned-boyfriend-who-redeemed-himself. We finally managed to catch the event coordinator at the venue this afternoon and we got to sit down and sift through a lot of details.  In fact, we got through more than what we had planned to accomplish and it feels great!

We managed to figure out some set-up logistics, which gave us all of the answers we needed in order to move forward with everything from schedule to decoration. We know now exactly what projects to give the green light to and what to axe. We can also plan out our game plan for our day and how many slaves helpful friends we need to rally up for certain tasks.

We also got to pick our menu! We’ve both been huge fans of the food served in our venue and so we were really excited for this part. Our event coordinator was really helpful in figuring out how much food was adequate to order. It turned out that we were pretty bang-on with the amount of food we were thinking of ordering when we made the list last night. The bill, which we had over-estimated to accommodate a guest list of 90 wasn’t that painful either. In fact, we would be under-budget even with taxes and gratuities. 

We are pretty stoked about the food we decided on. Not only are there comfort favourites such as poutine and gourmet mini-burgers, but we also have a ton of awesome vegetarian hors d’ourves and other fancy finger-foods with even fancier names I can barely pronounce. Our bar will even include a special blue drinks that comes in a little glass vial for all our nerdy friends.

The best part of this meeting? There really was no hidden fees. All this time, we had been dreading about different prices popping up for this, that and the other thing… but practically everything was included in the costs we had initially talked about. Wow. Impressive.

So for now, everything is coming up Milhouse!

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What’s on the menu so far?: A Groom’s Perspective

Posted in Edibles with tags , on Monday, March 23, 2009 by nightmarewedding

** The following is an old blog entry written by Mr. Zombie. It’s a short and sweet explanation of our artery-clogging menu so far. 

 

This is about what’s for dinner. 

We will be having what can only be described as heaven on plate and one of the best things to come out of Quebec ever.

So far poutine is for dinner. There will be two versions. A chicken gravy, as well as a mushroom gravy version for our vegetarian friends.

There will be other food too, we just need to figure the rest out. Poutine is a lock in any case.

Let them eat CUPCAKES!

Posted in Edibles, Friendors with tags , on Thursday, February 19, 2009 by nightmarewedding

I watch the Food Network religiously. I am so addicted to it that I cannot sleep unless the soothing voice of Chef Ramsay is speaking in the background. My favourite show are the creative pastry-making ones. If I wasn’t going to marry Mr. Zombie, I probably would have hopped on a plane to Baltimore to hump Duff Goldman’s leg. 

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He may have mastered the art of tiered cakes, but he is a GOD when it comes to diorama cakes. His incredibly detailed pastry creations of buildings, vehicles and electric guitars made Mr. Zombie and I dream of a wedding cake well beyond the traditional icing flowers. Our dream cake would be an edible version of the Halloween Town graveyard… complete with Spiral Hill. 

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I know. Epic. 

We had to scale it back after we gave it some thought. A diorama cake of this proportion would be well beyond our budget. We also thought it would be incredibly awkward for guests to try to eat a slice of cake on a plate with a fork while standing during our cocktail reception. The only inexpensive and practical way of covering the cake business is to opt for the cupcake route instead. 

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There are a lot of pros that come with having a cupcake wedding cake. For one, cupcakes are more portable so guests can eat them while standing without much mess. Since cupcakes don’t require utensils to enjoy, we would also save on cake cutting fees. We could also order multiple cupcake flavours so guests could choose their favourite. Still, it’s not going to be the same as the epic scene cake of our dreams…

Unless you have an awesome family friend who so happens to be a master pastry chef. 

Lena is a family friend dating back to when we lived in the Philippines. Her family were neighbours of mine, and now we both live in the same city. She currently works in one of the cutest, yummiest bakeries in Toronto and she’s got a lot of wedding cake design experience under her belt. We approached her last summer about our cupcake order. She had a lot of really cool ideas then and we were stoked about what she had to offer. I mean, she came up with having rectangular cupcakes instead so that she could turn them into individual graves! 

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Cupcakes that are more epic than these already cool ones? Say WHHHHAAAAATTTTTT?

Anyway, I hadn’t talked to her in a little while since we never got around to planning the wedding further.  A couple of days ago, I decided to stop by her bakery to say hi and talk over coffee and raspberry tarts. While we caught up on what we had been up to the past few months, I casually asked her if there was any more updates on our wedding cake. 

 

Lena: “Oh yeah… I think I got it all figured out… except for the moon. I’m not quite sure how to make the moon yet, but it will get done.”

Me: “Umm… excuse me? You’re making us a moon?”

Lena: “Oh yea, I’m making you the whole graveyard for the cupcakes to sit on instead of a boring cake stand. I mean, if you have cupcake graves, they have to sit in a graveyard, right?”

………………….. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 She is a genius. I can’t wait to see how our cake will unfold!

How did you guys come up with your wedding cake concept?