Couple Shamed for “Pathetic” Wedding Catering—and Commenters Have Mixed Reactions

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When it comes to weddings, everyone seemingly has an opinion. And with wedding food, those opinions only seem to amplify in volume. One wedding guest recently posted a handful of photos from a friend’s reception to a wedding-shaming Facebook group, pointing out the humble offerings in a mocking tone.

“A wedding feast for your eyes,” the anonymous guest wrote alongside posted images of unwrapped Kraft American cheese, cubed melons, carrot and celery slices, brownies, and sliced oranges with the stickers still intact.

“They took the time to unwrap hundreds of slices of fake cheese but couldn’t be othered to take the sticker off the fruit?” one commenter wrote. Added another, who called the food “pathetic”: “This looks like a catering spread for work. A low budget one.”

Other commenters were even more blunt in their assessment of the catered spread. “This is what happens when you ask your family to cook for your wedding,” one commenter wrote. Yet another offered up the opinion that the food seemed more appropriate for a child’s birthday party.

“This is basically what we served at my three-year-old’s birthday party,” the commenter wrote. “Except we had quiche and strawberries.”

Despite the negativity, however, some other commenters came to the newlyweds’ defense, pointing out that every couple has a different financial situation and bandwidth.

Even if you are on a budget, you can get inventive with your menu options. (The average cost of catering in 2017 was close to about $70 a head, and this number varies according to guest list.)

Some couples have recently gone the route of building taco bars and margarita stands, making a themed experience more authentic and enjoyable for guests. Others have called in food trucks to help eliminate the formality of a sit-down meal. No matter what you choose, we suggest putting your guests first with the experience of love that accompanies your wedding day.

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