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Trend We Love: Rustic Eats

Trend We Love: Rustic Eats

Rustic Appetizers

Rustic Appetizer

Affordable and delicious, we love the idea of setting out a rustic cheese spread for a pre-meal treat. Start with a variety of cheeses. Add bread and crackers. Mix in some fresh fruit. Pop in some pickles and olives. Finish with cured meats. For a how-to on putting together the perfect rustic cheese spread, visit Cool Mom Picks.

Rustic Main Course

Rustic Main Course
Photo by La Bonne Cuisine via WeddingWire

The key to making sliders wedding-worthy is the presentation. Be it BBQ, beef, veggie burgers or all three – your guests will appreciate the chance to relax post-ceremony with a juicy slider and fries.

Rustic Main Course
Photo by Phil Thornton of Phindy Studios via Grey Likes Weddings

Dress up fried chicken by serving it in a waffle cone or bite-size on a stick.

Rustic Desserts

Rustic Dessert
Photo by Focus Photography, Inc. via Loverly

Pies on a stick? Yes, please. We love the idea of serving pretty pie pops after dinner.

Rustic Food Truck

Rustic Food Truck
Photo by Root Weddings

One of our absolutely favorite ideas for wedding reception rustic eats is easier, cheaper and more fun to to do than almost anything out there – a food truck! From gourmet Mexican to BBQ, Italian to ice cream, hiring a food truck will relieve stress and let your guests mingle about at their leisure. We recommend a two-hour window so people don’t feel rushed.


Have Your Cake and Eat These, Too!

Have Your Cake and Eat These, Too!


Pie Table
A table spread of different pies is great for a rustic, outdoor wedding. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can always make the pies yourself ahead of time, freeze them, and then bake the night before you serve. Alternate flavors, sizes and even the height of the stand you place them on for a great visual effect.


Sprinkled, glazed, chocolate, jelly filled, the list goes on and on! Doughnut towers are quickly becoming the coolest trend in wedding desserts. Go with glazed for mass appeal, or sprinkles in your wedding colors for a more sophisticated take.


Ice Cream Bar

Ice Cream Sundae Bar
A throwback to the days of ice cream socials, a sundae bar is perfect for a summer wedding. Very family friendly, sundae bars allow your guests to get creative with their toppings. If your budget and venue allows, you can even splurge on an ice cream truck for even more fun!


If you don’t want to be too daring in your wedding dessert choice but still prefer to switch it up a bit, cupcakes are a great alternative! These bite sized treats are the perfect modern twist on a traditional cake. You can easily make them yourself, or have your local baker make the cupcakes and frost them yourself!



These tasty French treats are more popular than ever! Available in dozens of flavors and colors, Macarons can add a touch of elegance and whimsy to your celebration. Wrap them up in colorful saran wrap for a delicious party favor.


Cake Pops

Cake Pops
Cake pops are one of the newest crazes to hit the wedding dessert scene. Portable and bite-sized, these mini treats combine fun and functionality in one! Decorate the pops according to your colors, or theme, and arrange in clusters like flowers for a more creative display!


Inspiration: Garnet

Wedding Inspiration: Garnet

Rich, warm hues are the perfect complement to any romantic wedding day, and this season we’re especially loving the color garnet! From soft, subtle touches to bold accents, garnet can be added to your wedding in myriad ways. Here are our favorite ways to achieve a stunning garnet wedding!

Garnet Wedding Decor

Garnet Wedding Decor

Draw inspiration from your rustic, woodland surroundings and incorporate a touch of garnet into your wedding decor. We love the juxtaposition feminine, garnet florals and masculine, woodland-inspired antlers brings to this head table.

Garnet Wedding Cake

Garnet Wedding Cake

A simple – yet beautiful – way to add a garnet detail to your wedding day is with your wedding cake. Gone are the days of the traditional white wedding cake, so adding a pop of color is a welcome idea. If going with a solid, garnet-colored cake is a bit too bold for your style, try a less-dramatic, ombre-inspired cake, like this!

Garnet Groomswear

Garnet Groomswear

While all eyes will be on you and the wedding dress of your dreams, give your groom a chance to show off his style with garnet dress pants! A totally unexpected look, this fashion-forward style looks amazing with a off-white jacket and will be the perfect complement to your stunning style as the two of you say ‘I do!’

Garnet Signature Cocktail

Garnet Signature Wedding Cocktail

Continue your garnet wedding theme until the final cheers of the night with garnet-inspired signature cocktails. The maraschino cherry garnish adds an extra garnet touch!

Garnet Floral Crown

Garnet Floral Crown

Complete your garnet-inspired wedding day style with an ethereal floral crown. For a truly romantic, Autumnal look, we recommend mixing in warm gold and white flowers to complement the garnet perfectly!

Garnet Bridal Bouquet

Garnet Bridal Bouquet

Garnet blooms mix perfectly with succulents to complete a beautiful – and unique – bridal bouquet. We think this floral arrangement would be a sweet addition to any wedding dress and any garnet wedding theme.

Garnet Bridesmaid Dresses

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No wedding day style is complete without stunning bridesmaid dresses! These gowns by Bill Levkoff are as comfortable as they are stylish, and your ‘maids will love how they can select the perfect silhouette for their shape. Perfect for mixing and matching!


Welcome Bags for Out-of-Town Guests

Welcome Bags for Out-of-Town Wedding Guests

Welcome bags are such a personal way to welcome your guests and thank them for traveling to enjoy this time with you. Filled with handwritten notes, fun facts about your wedding location, or just little treats for them to keep, here are a few of our favorite things to include in a welcome bag for out-of-town guests.

A Cute Carryall
The bag (or box, or tote) is just as important as the contents! A tote with a fun message is something guests can use again after the wedding.

Welcome Tote Bag
The Yellow Note


If you opt for a more package-like welcome bag, this box is perfect! We love the color-coordination of the contents, and the pretty pink ribbons that tie it all together.

Wedding Welcome Basket
Wedding Party App

For a something simple, stamping a brown gift bag with your wedding day is an easy and cute option.

Welcome Stamped Bag

Say Hello
The point of a welcome bag is to welcome guests after all, so it’s most important to include a note from you and your fiancé – bonus points if it’s handwritten!

Wedding Welcome Bag Welcome Note
Anna Kim Photography

Keep Them In the Know
Give guests a rundown of what the wedding day will consist of. This could be as simple as a list of dates and locations, or an illustration that spells it all out in a fun way.

Wedding Welcome Bag Itinerary

Map It Out
Giving guests a map of the area will help them not only get to the ceremony and the reception, it will also give them an idea of where the best restaurants, shopping, and activities are if they are making a weekend out of it.

Wedding Welcome Bag Map

Make It Festive
Including festive favors that are specific to your wedding location is a fun way to get guests acquainted with the area. This could be a particular food that’s popular, a drink that’s made there, or something guests could use while visiting.

Festive Wedding Welcome Bag
Beautiful Day Photography

Snack Time
Perfect for the downtime before dinner is served, or once your guests return to their room after the reception, including snacks in your welcome bag is a must – and personalized snacks are even better!

Wedding Welcome Bag Snacks
The Favor Box

Day-After Essentials
For all your guests who had just a little too much fun at the reception, including a recovery kit is much appreciated.

Wedding Welcome Bag Recovery Kit
Be Collective


Trend We Love: Farm to Table Weddings

The farm to table movement is having a major moment right now. And like most trends, we’re seeing it more and more at weddings. With the rise in popularity of eating local and organic foods, many couples are implementing their diets into their big days. Instead of serving the standard meat and veggies dinner, couples are now choosing to highlight regional foods and seasonal produce – especially when they’ve invited many out-of-town guests. Because food is so often closely tied to a couple’s journey, it’s a great way to incorporate your personality into what can sometimes be an uninspiring detail.

While a farm to table wedding can seem intimidating and expensive, with a little research and some careful decision making, you too can bring local fare to your nuptials.

Trend We Love: Farm to Table Weddings

Farmers Markets
One of the best ways to find local producers is by visiting your city’s farmers market. Depending on the season, farmers will have a variety of foods for you to choose from and may even have some sage advice on caterers they recommend. Make sure to visit a couple different times per year to see what exactly is in season and what’s going to be available during the season your wedding falls in. Buying seasonal veggies will help cut a little of the cost, too.

Trend We Love: Farm to Table Weddings

Local Breweries
If the idea of going totally seasonal is too stressful for you to comprehend, but you still want to highlight what your city or state has to offer, having some locally brewed beer at your cocktail hour is the way to go! Serving locally brewed beer will give your guests a taste of the area while supporting a local business. Not sure where to start? Make a date night out of it and try beer flights at different breweries. Beer not your thing? Serve a selection of local wine!

Trend We Love: Farm to Table Weddings

Bite-Sized Hors d’oeuvres
Another great way to incorporate the farm to table movement without going full on farm stand is by sticking with just one course as the local fare sampler. Highlight locally produced cheeses, breads, meats, spreads, and more during the cocktail hour. Not having a cocktail hour? Set aside one table for the local foods and design the tablescape to match the look of your cake table with different platters at different heights, creating a visually appetizing table.

Trend We Love: Farm to Table Weddings

If you’re willing to take the farm to table movement a little further, adding farm to table elements to your overall design will really hit it home. Use seed packets as table numbers or a piece of fruit or vegetable as your place cards. You can also include herbs into your arrangements and tablescapes. If you can, visit local flower farms and markets to hand pick your wedding bouquet yourself!

Trend We Love: Farm to Table Weddings

Wedding favors are a great way to give your guests a taste of the region without going totally farm to table. Having mini jars of honey or jams for guests to take home will be a sweet reminder of the day. You can even send guests off with seed packets of wild flowers to plant in their own gardens – another great way for them to remember you by!

There are so many ways to make farm to table happen at your own wedding – you just have to have enough creativity to make it your own!

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