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An Account of An Amish Wedding....

I've been to several Amish weddings and they are all amazing in their efficiency, size, wonderful food, and sense of community coming together.  An Amish wedding is a huge undertaking, sometimes attracting 800 to 1000 people.  But the delegating and division of duty makes it doable.  For instance, washing 2000 dishes without an automatic dishwasher would seem like prison torture for most of us, but 300 ladies gathering in a work-shed with plenty of sinks, soap, and towels can turn the drudgery in fast work and fellowship.  I've talked in other postings about my Amish wedding experiences, so I won't be too repetitive here.  We are entering the "busy season" for Amish weddings, May and June are typically when many weddings are held.  An increasingly popular trend among the Amish are the "wedding wagons", which can be hired for the day.  These wagons are equipped with a fully-functional mobile kitchen, including sinks, stoves, table service, and linens.  The wagons are usually owned by Amish entrepreneurs and can really help "contain" the workload associated with a wedding.  Anyway, Amish weddings are different from place to place reflecting the local customs and traditions.  Here is one new to me: maple pudding.  Check out this Illinois writer's account of an Amish wedding.  She writes of maple pudding being the featured dessert, which sounds heavenly, but unheard of in areas I have attended weddings. Pies are usually the mainstay of dessert and ones I have attended in Indiana, but I sure would love to try some maple pudding!Smile

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In my community we have a wedding wagon.  It has stacks of folding tables.  Probably enough to seat five hundred people.  There are also a couple of stoves.  But, the family that is hosting the wedding usually goes around and borrows stoves from throughout the community.  There are probably ten in use at the wedding.  We serve two meals.  The noon meal and an evening meal.

We, also, have a refrigerated wagon.  It has shelves inside and all of the foods that need to be chilled are stored in it.  I think it is run with a gasoline engine.

A number of the vinyl wash tubs on stands are borrowed as well.  Washing up is done there.

 

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 I've been to a number of Amish weddings, because... well, I'm Amish.  I'm not sure if I've ever had chicken dressing at an Amish wedding.  I know it is traditional but I didn't make out the menus.  I've had ham and escalloped potatoes, "poor man" steak, barbecued chicken, turkey, meatloaf, baked chickenand I'm sure some I've forgotten.  Up in the Aylmer, Ontario Amish settlement they seem to have the same menu for all of the weddings I'ev been to.  Probably to eleminiate competitiveness.  It's like a spicy pepperoni and macaroni stew of all things.  Every wedding I've been to except for Aylmer always had mashed poatatoes, salad, and plenty of desserts.  Usually, three or four kinds of pie.  Maple or banana pudding.  And, of course, ice cream.  Amish are crazy for ice cream. 

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This reminds me a little bit of my own wedding. My mother's prayer group offered to do the cooking and serving. A friend did the appetizers as her gift to us. Recipes and ingredients were handed out to those doing the cooking, and all was served family style to over 250 people. Of course, we met in a church hall, with accompanying kitchen! 

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After my Amish friend's daughter's wedding held in their new huge barn, the next morning my Amish friend drove her buggy with all the dirty silverware and dishes from the previous day to the Christian school where I worked.  We put all the silverware and dishes she'd brought in the trays of the dishwasher.  She'd let the dishes/silverware soak at her house the previous night.  Within a 1/2 an hour the commercial dishwasher had them all done and sanitized. 

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LOL, funny...you know, this just proves the Amish are human like everyone else,nothing wrong, I suppose, with piggybacking on your modern technology for convenience sake!

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I so agree.  No rules were broken.  They had to rent everything because of the great number and they had to be returned CLEAN well or they charged extra.

Pleasant blend of blending old and new!

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now that is what i would call a real smart amish bride...i think all of us would do that in a pinch wouldn't we...just thought that was funny and again, no harm done.

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I'd be interested to know about the maple pudding. I have a couple recipes for such...but they seem like it would it would be difficult to make for a crowd. Also..maple syrup(I hope!) or maple flavoring?Any more info??

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I always thought that standard fare for an Amish wedding was roast chicken, filling, and pies......But like you always state, the diversity from settlement to settlement is amazing....

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Not a good idea. I suppose for a cook who is unsure, insecure, afraid of the stove... but then those types go out or get take-out often. I happen to know many women who get take out or fast food every single night, and they have children! 

If you wanted your dish to taste exactly the way McCormick thinks it should taste then they are a good idea. But, really, food taste should be an individual undertaking to suit yours and your family's taste, not some corporate entity's decision for you.

I will never buy these, btw. As you said, waste of resources and money.