Invitation: You don't need a large, bulky invitation for a simple wedding. 2-3 pages are substantial and the simplier it is, the better. I think having an invitation in nature theme is a wonderful idea, and having it handmade would add a personal touch. Handmade paper, cardstock, flysheet, ribbon or even dried flowers can make a difference.
Wedding Cake: My previous blog featured cupcake wedding cake and I intend to have such to have a unique, simple and practical wedding cake http://alternativeconcept.blogspot.com/2005/07/wedding-cupcake.html . Cupcakes in the Philippines can be bought for as little as less than P10.00 (less than US$ 20 cents) if you buy in a local bakeshop but if you choose to have it done by known bakeshop, I'm pretty sure it will cost about US$ 40 cents each. We can do the frosting and decorations by ourselves (my sister and my aunt are good in this).
Lunch/Dinner Feast: I am always an advocate of small family wedding and done in the privacy of your own home. If I have my way, I prefer these easy to prepare and exotic dishes. Most Filipino weddings are done in buffet since having a plate-in would cost so much time and money (to pay the server), this is because wedding is regarded as a feast - your invited guest will bring his/her own guests as well. Some opted for restaurant or hotel reception to limit the number of pax and to save as well. But if it is a house reception, expect to see unfamiliar faces.
Appetizer: Lumpia Shanghai and Lumpia Vegetable, & Ham/Asparagus Rolls
Salad: Egg Salad or Coleslaw
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 cup Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons chopped pimento
Note: Filipinos are not keen on salads but to extend the variety of dishes. This salad will bring a shock for sure for some people because egg is not usually served in weddings, but it will boils down to taste and presentation.
Main Dish: Chinese steamed fish (whole fish served in wedding is considered by Chinese a good luck)
Crunchy Fish Finger in Tartar Sauce
Orange or Pineapple Pork Spareribs
Dessert: Coco Bico (a new recipe I found on the daily paper)
Fresh Fruit Flatter