Every wedding is carefully laid out (or half-hazardly laid out) to reflect the personality and style of the couple. Favorite things, hobbies, inside jokes, and special places are often incorporated somewhere into the wedding ceremony, reception decor, or menu. This makes sense because, after all, the day should be about the bride and groom, so why not let your guests indulge in a few of your favorites?
While we were planning our wedding, I had countless ideas of things that I thought were lovely, clever, or charming, but I had a hard time at first finding something that we could incorporate that would say US. Don't get me wrong. I don't think my husband or myself are boring people...it's just that we're so different. I'm a non-stop talker who likes to shop for antiques and dabble in graphic design while my husband is a much more quiet handyman and sci-fi fanatic. Hmm...so what did we have in common that could be used at our wedding? Well, we both like good food and drink, so we decided to draw our guests into our world by offering them a favorite local beer alongside of our delicious food. A small gesture that we thought would not make that much difference but made us happy turned out to make EVERYONE happy. We added a keg of Bent River Brewery's Mississippi Blonde pilsner to our bar menu. Guests who were from around here recognized a local favorite, and our out of town guests were totally thrilled with the delicious beer option that sat along side other favorites like Bud Light.
It got me thinking about what other locally made items could our Quad City brides and grooms add to their long lists of wedding details. Here are a few that I came up with:
Local Drinks: Bent River Beers, Lavendar Crest Wines, Blue Cat Brew Pub Beers,
Local Candy/Food: Lagomarcinos, Produce from the farmers' markets, Whitey's ice cream
Local Music: Your favorite local band or musician! (We have a really great band that we used that I'll be posting about soon!)
So this is a small sad list to start out with, but let's add to it! What local items do you love and could see being incorporated into someone's wedding (maybe your own)? I'll add items as they are suggested!