I am very flattered that my brother-in-law and my now-sister-in-law asked me to make my macarons as their bonbonieres for their wedding earlier on this year. They are known to be hard to impress so it was a real honour (and challenge!) to be part of their special day!
We decided to make Lime Butter Cream and Raspberry White Chocolate Ganache flavoured macarons, as they are my most consistent and reliable flavours, plus the pink and green colours look so preeeetty!
All up I needed 100 boxes of 2 macarons each with extras. 100 x 2 macarons = 200 macarons = 400 shells + extras! All in all Hubby and I made over 500 shells 3 nights prior to the wedding. We couldn't start till about 8pm that evening after work and sorting the kids out for bed first, and baked till 1am the next morning. Luckily we made extras as I got plenty of maca-wrong shells! (of course that ALWAYS happens when you LEAST want them to!)
Then I spent the next day making the filling and then piping and assembling the macs together. That night we had fun matching the macarons and packaging them into little boxes with the bride and groom.
I have to admit that I did lose some sleep whilst planning on timing the macaron making for them to be perfectly matured for the reception, whilst still juggling work, and kids school and activities in the week prior. Fortunately the obsessive planning worked out in execution! The wait staff at the restaurant must have thought I was crazy as I was ultra protective of the storage and handling of the macarons right up to the moment they were placed onto the tables as bonbonieres.
The effort was well worth it in the end. The wedding went off smoothly, the bride and groom looked relaxed and radiant, and I got lots of compliments from the guests for the macs at the end of the day! I know I will never be a professional macaron maker but it was great fun having a taste of what it felt like to make such a large quantity of macarons!
Lessons Learned - I bow my head down to pastry chefs everywhere. I love my baking but I don't think I will ever be able to handle doing it as a profession!