Every bride should feel like a princess on her wedding day. Recently, Princess Kate and Prince William wowed the world at their exquisite April nuptials. The buzz about the grand occasion was so vast, brides all over the world were inspired to create a wedding fit for royalty. While the British royals value tradition, there are many ideas you can take from the Windsor’s and incorporate into your legendary events.
Across the pond, the Royal Couple enjoyed a decadent post-wedding reception and private dinner. Every bride can enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres fit for a princess. Here are some simple but delectable ideas that will help you roll out the red carpet for your guests.
: When it comes to passing appetizers, tartlets filled with irresistible fillings add a touch of class to any party. Fill them with stilton cheese and pears, raspberries, apple filling with brandy whipped cream or even think out of the box with your own spin on cottage pie, one of Prince William’s favorite dishes.
Pick flowers from the garden
: A tried and true favorite are flowers from the garden. Add a burst of color and fragrance with fresh cut blooms like those found in quaint English gardens. Brides can adorn their bouquet with a personal touch, such as grandmother’s vintage cameo or brooch.
The perfect setting
: While a banquet at Buckingham Palace is reserved for royalty, various venues will feel as dramatic as a royal court. Try a patio garden party, a rooftop soiree, or a moonlit dance on the deck of a boat. Decorate your table with sparkling place settings, floral centerpieces, and special personalized place cards that will make your guests feel like dukes and duchesses. For a unique touch, set up a wishing tree where guests can write a personal note to the bride and groom and hang it on a branch.
: William and Kate celebrated with a personalized seven-tiered wedding cake. No matter what size your cake is, you can add your own signature touches with your monogram, stylized initials, flowing ribbons, or delicate flowers. Add a celebratory glass of champagne and eat, drink and be married!
These recipes are adapted from Eating Royally by Darren McGrady by Diana Watkins, Executive Sous Chef at Tony Conways’ A Legendary Event – www.alegendaryevent.com
Stilton and Pecan Tartlet with Grilled Pears
6 oz. Stilton Cheese, room temperature
2 oz. Cream cheese, room temp.
4 oz. Toasted Pecans, chopped
4 Ripe pears
Mix Stilton Cheese and cream cheese together to make “mousse”. Peel and slice 1/8 inch thick pears, brush with olive oil and grill until soft. Cool pear slices and cut into ½ inch strips. Pipe mousse into tart shell, finish with chopped pecans and pear strips.
Formed in 1997, A Legendary Event has grown into a multi-million dollar full-service event enterprise, handling more than 2,500 events, corporate events, world class galas and weddings a year. Known for his Midas touch, Tony Conway is admired by top CEOs, celebrities and politicians for his attention to detail and penchant for providing fresh, trend-setting and uniquely presented fare, always with the client in mind. A Legendary Event is located in Atlanta and can be reached at (404) 869-8858. www.alegendaryevent.com