I was doing a little wedding research today, which as I told my husband, looked a lot like me drinking iced tea and reading a stack of magazines. (Rough day at work, huh?) Maybe I was hungry but in my research, everything that grabbed my attention as unique or creative somehow involved food. Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anyone at a wedding that doesn’t like to eat (or drink, as the case may be.) Here is a little snippet of what I found:
1. Put some foodie love into your guest favors. Couples are opting to gift guests with artisan coffees, local honey, and candies.
2. Pie, pie and more pie. I think some couples have this preconceived notion that a wedding cake MUST be present at the reception and that’s totally fine. It’s traditional. It’s expected. But, who said you had to have cake in the first place? Buck tradition and break out the mold. Couples are serving lots of pies: fruit pies, chocolate pies, coconut creme, etc. and having a pie bar. Some couples are even getting with their caterer/baker to serve individual pies to guests and one large pie for the “cake cutting” for the couple.
3. Two words: Cheesecake Lollipops. Uh, yes, please.
4. Use food in the decor. Apples, lemon, limes, or even artichokes in arrangements are not uncommon. One particular use of food that caught my eye, was farm eggs used in wire baskets as decor on the guestbook table. Another option to consider, mason jars of honey placed around.
5. I’m sure some of you are still thinking, “But I want cake!” after reading my pie blurb above. Instead of one giant cake, consider having several small (two layer) cakes in a variety of flavors. Vintage, funky cake stands are very trendy. Why not have a table with many smaller cakes on various cake stands? It’s not only more economical but aesthetically pleasing and unique.
6. Biscuit Bars. I’ve heard of candy bars, pie bars, and potato bars, but biscuit bars was a new one for me. Offer guests different types of biscuits (sweet, savory or plain) and topping options: butters, jellies, jams, or the Columbia favorite, chocolate gravy.
7. Canning. The Southern tradition is back with a vengeance. One bride I found, spent a day canning jam with her mother to give to her bridesmaids as gifts. Not only did she savor the memories made with her mother but this bride had one tasty handmade gift for her ladies in waiting to “spread the love.”
8. Creative presentation. I found several couples that resorted to out of the ordinary vessels for serving drinks. One couple chose a canoe; the other, a vintage claw-foot bathtub. Guests were able to serve themselves while the couples were finishing pictures and the pieces served as a conversation starters.
Can someone seriously find me a cheesecake lollipop? That would go amazingly well with my iced tea right about now. Haha!