I am from North East Ohio. In this region of the state/country, we have a large table or two that displays, and serves, a wide variety of cookies at wedding receptions. There is cake also, but our receptions always include the cookie table with the majority, if not all, of the cookies being made by the bride's and/or the groom's relatives. Whatever is not eaten at the end of the reception are bagged (nice little cookie bags are provided) and taken home by guests. I have seen guests make a beeline for the cookies and fill a plateful to nibble on at their table before and/or after dinner. We love that!
I have been given some strange looks when discussing this subject with "outta towners". lol SO... my question is this-is the "cookie table" REALLY just a local custom? We bake for weeks to have a full, varied and beautifully decorated cookie table at wedding receptions. The aunts take pride in it! does your area have cookie tables and/or other customs?