At a traditional wedding, guests arrive, watch the exchange of vows and make their way to the reception for cocktails, dinner and toasts. Then the evening concludes with dancing and perhaps drinking. Weddings used to end there... but with the new trend of food trucks and caterers bringing post-drinking and dancing snacks, guests are revived and ready for some more dancing and fun! Brenna Profit, a bride from Seattle first heard the idea of serving her guests fresh wood-fire pizza from her Deer Harbor caterer. “Everybody thought it was an amazing idea,” Profit recalls. “It was devoured!” Why not extend the excitement over an evening snack? Nadia Digilov, a New York wedding expert and author of Getting Married in New York, says this is a great way to catch guests off guard . “This trend is somewhat correlated with another trend of converting a part of the reception to a club-like atmosphere and as a result, offering less “serious” options to munch on.” It’s also a great way to end the evening and send your guests off into the night with a happy heart and full tummy.
4. Brooch Bouquets
Want a beautiful and special way to combine something old, new, borrowed, and blue? A brooch bouquet is the perfect way to do this and add some bling to any ceremony. You can even do the project yourself. After DeAnn Jahnke, author of the blog titled Diary of a Middle Aged Me, made her first brooch bouquet for a bride, she received rave reviews. Her process was simple-- Jahnke and the bride collected gorgeous rhinestone pieces such as earrings, pendants, shoe clips, rings, and brooches from flea markets and local craft stores. They also had great success asking guests of the wedding shower to bring jewelry to donate to the bouquet. “We ended up with approximately 70 total pieces in her bouquet, which weighed close to 3 pounds!” This crafty project will catch the eye of every guest and make for a stunning display for wedding photographs. If you would rather order a brooch bouquet, Etsy.com has a great selection. Noaki from Los Angeles makes customized bouquets and allows brides to match wedding colors for head turning creations.
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