On your big day, even if you're feeling incredibly nervous and without much of an appetite, it's important to remember to eat! The last thing you want is to show up at the reception with an empty stomach; after a couple of glasses of Champagne you could be buzzed, or worse, drunk. To avoid this unpleasant situation, I highly recommend you eat a healthy breakfast and lunch on your wedding day. Of course, it depends on the time of your ceremony, but a snack table or box lunch is something you should definitely consider. If you're too busy to plan or cook, ask one of your bridesmaids to coordinate the food. For my suggestions on what to eat, read on.
- Order a sandwich platter from your favorite sandwich store. Ask for a variety of breads, cold cuts, cheese, and condiments. You and your bridal party can make your own sandwiches.
- Pick up a cheese and fruit plate from the local supermarket. Everyone from Safeway to Whole Foods has ready-made platters with cheese, fruit, and even vegetables with dipping sauce, like ranch.
- Nuts. Whip up a batch of flavored nuts (my favorite are these smoky and spicy almonds) and you can munch on them all afternoon.
- If you're staying in a hotel, call room service and ask for a vegetarian spread of breakfast goodies, like scrambled eggs, avocado toast, and roasted tomatoes.
- Energy bars are great for the bride that is short on time; Lara Bars come in a ton of flavors.
- Get a platter from a nearby Mediterranean store and have it filled with hummus, pita chips, olives, bean salad, and other antipasto items.
- Ask your caterers to put together a picnic basket with fresh fruit, a couple of baguettes, cheese, charcuterie, and pasta salad.
- Get an assortment of sushi. It's surprisingly filling.
Don't overlook drinks! Fill an ice bucket or cooler with plenty of water; if you want to make things festive throw in a couple bottles of sparkling or white wine, cans of Sofia Blanc de Blanc, or splits of your favorite Champagne.