Monday, July 20, 2009

The Cookie Table - a Pittsburgh Wedding Tradition

It is the belief of many people in Pittsburgh, that you can't have a wedding without cookies. Wedding guest are used to skipping traditional appetizers of vegetables and crab cakes and filling up on cookies while waiting for dinner to begin. Cookie Table is actually an entry in Wikipedia

The must-have cookie table is a tradition reflecting the diverse ethnic communities of steel-mill towns, especially in western Pennsylvania, who perhaps could not afford a wedding cake. So neighbors, aunts, cousins, grandmothers, and mothers would all bake dozens of cookies. Most cookies have thousands of cookies and the trays are replenished continuously throughout the night. Boxes or bags are provided so that guests can take cookies home with them.

Usually family or friends try to make some cookies with the bride's wedding colors. In the picture below, you can see some thumbprints with the blue color that match the bride's flowers and the color of the bridesmaid dresses. At my wedding the table had many purple cookies and even purple chocolate covered pretzels.


Most weddings have lots of buckeyes, which are the peanut butter and chocolate cookies on the tray.
Here is a view of part of the cookie table. I couldn't get the whole table in one picture!
We packed up two boxes to take home with us.


At some weddings in the past I have OD'ed on cookies and felt awful the next morning, so I was happy to only have one cookie at this wedding and a half a piece of the wedding cake.
Of course Steve and I did plenty of dancing!

Happy Monday!
Have you ever been to a wedding with a cookie table?

32 comments:

Betsy said...

I love cookie tables! Even though our wedding isn't going to be in Pittsburgh I'm trying to convince Joe to let us have one. It's going to be right before Christmas so people will be baking them anyway!

VeggieGirl said...

What a fun, delicious tradition with the cookies!

Rachael said...

I have yet to see a cookie table at a wedding myself, but I must say this is something that should be incorporated into all weddings.

Rachael

Jenny said...

I've never heard of a cookie table before -- you bet your bottom dollar there will definitely be one at my wedding! :)

Rose said...

Thank you for writing about this! I always get strange looks when I talk about cookie tables in places other than western PA. I must admit though - I don't want one at my wedding...

just me said...

cookie table at a weekend! that sounds awesome!!

Faith said...

What a lovely spread of cookies!

Michelle said...

Wow, I never knew about this! But now that I think about it, all the weddings I've gone to in my hometown which is about 2.5 hours NE of Pittsburgh always have huge plates of cookies along with other appetizers. I love the color of your dress too!

Peanut Butter Swirl said...

wow all of those cookies look so good!!
by the way your dress is really pretty!

irunisweat said...

This is sad, but I thought a wedding was complete without a cookie table. I guess that just shows how Pittsburgh I am. My sister is getting married next spring and has put me in charge of the cookie table!

Anne said...

I've never heard of cookie tables before, but they sound awesome. Your cookie table looks delicious!

HangryPants said...

This is new to me. I guess I need to go to a Pittsburgh wedding now!

Julie said...

cookies tables extend to other events like graduation parties and showers...yum!

RunToFinish said...

Ohhh myyy GAWD...I love pittsburgh if that's a tradition.. I mean I would weigh like a million pounds from going nuts at every wedding but so worth it

Heather said...

I went to a wedding last summer where there was a separate room for the cookies!

I don't mind the cookie table, I just hate the people that crowd around it and make it impossible for other people to have one!

We decided to go anti-cookie table and have a chocolate fountain instead.

Becca said...

Great post! I live 45 minutes south of Pittsburgh and I never realized that the cookie table was mainly a Pittsburgh tradition, I've never been to a wedding without one!

Steph said...

Cookie table?! I've never heard of it before, but I think it's a great idea!!
You guys look great! :)

Fitnut said...

Wow - that cookie table looks amazaing. Must have taken a lot of work to set that up.

And you two look so cute matching in pink! Great color.

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