Monday, September 14, 2015

DIY Wedding Food

After I shared photos of our DIY wedding reception, a few readers asked what was on our menu. The main dish was barbecued pulled pork, courtesy of Mr. Handsome's aunt and uncle. Then we had a friend with a catering service provide Parmesan chicken, macaroni & cheese, mixed veggies, glazed carrots, and Caesar salad with homemade dressing.


We served the food buffet-style, and everything was delicious. I would love to get my hands on the recipes! There were tons of leftovers, which our families enjoyed while we were away on our honeymoon....


For dessert, several friends and family members put together a spectacular sweets table. Once again, everything was delicious, but Mr. Handsome and I only had time to try one or two types of cookies.


We also rented two soft-serve ice cream machines (one chocolate and one vanilla). There aren't many places that rent them out, so we were grateful when Mr. Handsome's two brothers offered to drive three hours to pick them up the day before the wedding.
 

Early on in the planning process, we decided that we wanted either ice cream or milkshakes instead of cake, but we didn't want to have to bother with coolers. Soft-serve machines were a great solution because the ice cream stayed nice and cold. They were only a few hundred dollars to rent, and the ice cream mix was cheap.


We had sweet tea, strawberry lemonade, regular lemonade, and water available in drink dispensers. (These drink dispensers had a center compartment for ice, which was great on a hot, summer day.)


We also had a canoe (borrowed from a friend) filled with ice, water bottles, soda cans, and containers of sparkling juice. (We found that idea on Pinterest, of course.)


We kept the food under a tent that was purchased for our wedding and future family get-togethers. It was used three additional times this summer, so I would say it was worth the money

26 comments:

  1. Anonymous9/14/2015

    Oh wow! So amazing! The food looks delicious...and that sweets table!! Wish I could've come! :) God bless you! PS. Any more wedding pics coming up??

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    1. Thank you! I am planning to post more soon. :)

      Ellie

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  2. Anonymous9/14/2015

    Wow yumm! R u guys planning on having kids? Do u like unique names or common names?

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    1. We are definitely planning on having kids. We would like at least four, but we will have to wait and see what God has in store. We have talked a little bit about baby names, but at this point, since we are not expecting, we haven't made any decisions yet. :)

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous9/16/2015

      Four is a good number! Its awesome ur letting God decide how many kids u have!

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  3. Anonymous9/14/2015

    Do u like unique name or common names?

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  4. Anonymous9/14/2015

    R u gonna name ur kids themed names?

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    1. We have talked a little bit about baby names, but at this point, since we are not expecting, we haven't made any decisions yet. :)

      Ellie

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  5. Anonymous9/14/2015

    Is Ellie short for Elizabeth or Elianna?

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    1. Anonymous9/17/2015

      I was wondering that 2 lol! I know an Elizabeth that goes my Ellie.

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    2. Anonymous9/21/2015

      So whats the answer?

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    3. Nope, Ellie isn't short for Elizabeth or Elianna. :)

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  6. Anonymous9/14/2015

    Is Lily short for Lillian, Lillianna or Ellianna

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    1. Anonymous9/17/2015

      Is ur name Lillian that's pretty! I'm not the same person who asked the question but now I'm wondering the same thing.

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    2. Anonymous9/21/2015

      So what's the answer?

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    3. Lily isn't short for anything. :)

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  7. Anonymous9/14/2015

    Thanks for this post, it was truly interesting! In a way I would like to say I am
    Happy for you that you had such a great day but somehow that comment seems to not acknowledge how you chose and worked with others toward this day, but
    Your decisions and efforts do seem blessed, thanks for sharing!

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  8. Anonymous9/14/2015

    We're the Duggars guests?

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    1. They were invited but couldn't make it. :)

      ~Ellie

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  9. Anonymous9/14/2015

    I guess you Americans like icecream because it is hot there.

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  10. Anonymous9/14/2015

    Gorgeous, delicious, and smart investments. A wonderful way to start a marriage!
    What have been the biggest changes for you since getting married?
    Love,
    Alexis

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    1. Hi Alexis,

      That's a good question! We moved several hours away from both our families, so that has been a huge adjustment.

      Ellie

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  11. Anonymous9/14/2015

    Ellie and Mr Handsome I think you both have courage to live out your love and share it with others. I think it must be like rowing against the current to plan a lovely day like this now because there is anxiety in the air almost so thick it can be sliced so actually what people need to break the tension is the beauty of love and fellowship. Your love is a light illuminating the source of love, Father Son Spirit.
    Every heart needs to live in that love, I feel praise for you for doing and sharing your love life!

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  12. Anonymous9/15/2015

    Everything looks so pretty and so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Anonymous9/17/2015

    What was the temperature?

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    1. It was about 85 during the ceremony and pictures, but by the time the reception started at 4:30, it had cooled off a bit.

      LEllie

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