Happy Mardi Gras! This Fat Tuesday marks the last time to eat heartily prior to the season of Lent. Over the years, Mardi Gras celebrations have evolved with much merriment, fanfare, and revelry — the same happy atmosphere as a wedding ceremony and reception!
Perhaps you are planning your wedding during next year’s Mardi Gras season. The possibilities are endless when it comes to incorporating a Mardi Gras theme in your wedding. Here are some examples:
Use colored Mardi Gras beads and masks for your reception tables or other areas of your venue. Another idea is to have a Mardi Gras themed costume party for your wedding and reception, giving masks and beads to guests in advance and then playing games to guess who’s who.
Zydeco and Big Band music highlights the annual celebration in New Orleans (and in Galveston, on a smaller scale). Incorporating this style of music into your wedding ceremony or reception will bring the feel of Mardi Gras to your wedding day.
For Mardi Gras themed food possibilities, consider popular Cajun or Creole dishes such as jambalaya or shrimp creole. The foods need not be spicy to be celebratory. You could also offer vegetarian dishes, such as vegetarian gumbo or red beans and rice. Your caterer can assist you with the planning of your meals.
Another possibility is planning your wedding early in the day and having a reception picnic. Baked catfish and sweet potato fries can bring a piece of New Orleans flare to any special luncheon for your wedding guests. If liquor is served, offer bourbon instead of other popular drinks. Non-alcoholic choices such as iced tea, sweetened with sugar syrup, and café au lait are wonderful choices for everyone.
You and your guests will undoubted have a great time celebrating your “I do’s” Mardi Gras-style.
Laissez les bon temps roulez! (Let the Good Times Roll!)
Source: Wedding & Romance