Lauryn margarita

"Margaritas are life," says Mrs. In Training Lauryn Nyhoff. She and fiancé Jeremy will share their favorite date night cuisine with reception guests.

March is upon us, and it's finally starting to look like spring. I won’t get ahead of myself, but the transition of a new season makes the big day seem so much closer!

You all have taken this wedding planning journey with me, from selecting a Friday in October, to choosing our farmhouse chic venue, then finding my classic and romantic wedding dress. But that’s just the beginning! There’s so much more to be done, and my fiancé, Jeremy, and I have taken the next planning adventure very seriously: FOOD.

I began with the list of preferred caterers from our venue site, and scoured websites, Facebook pages and reviews. The menu options quickly became overwhelming, and the questions started piling up: plated or buffet? Chicken or beef? Special dietary needs? China or disposable plates?

All I wanted was a nice meal for my guests without spending an arm and a leg, but I couldn’t bear to be another wedding that served chicken breast smothered in mystery cream sauce with green beans and a dinner roll — half of which ends up in the trash. I had almost given up that I was going to be able to have it all. I was in over my head!

After a particularly stressful week of going back and forth on menu options and budgeting, my fiancé and I decided we needed a date night to decompress. Unsurprisingly, we found ourselves at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, enjoying each other’s company over margaritas. Halfway through our "fajitas for two," it dawned on me: What if we had a Mexican menu at our wedding?

I wasn’t sure whether my idea was over-the-top crazy, so I casually brought it up to Jeremy. With zero hesitation, he agreed that we should share our favorite meal with our favorite people on our wedding day.

Once we decided on a fajita bar for our guests, we easily narrowed down our choices and locked in a caterer who understands our vision and is eager to create something special for us. We're also serving a signature margarita drink and a dessert bar of churro cupcakes, tequila-lime cheesecake bites and tres leches cake balls. 

I’m continuing to find that the classic advice of "you do you, girl," applies to all aspects of wedding planning. If there’s something that is unique to you and your fiance’s relationship, find ways to share it with your wedding guests. They will have fun getting to know you as a couple, and see how you bonded and eventually, fell in love.

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