Weekend Wedding Planning Pt 2: Themes & Locations

10:57 AM, by Unknown


Of Course, a winery-hopping tour is a winning idea that guests love, and most vineyard area hotels will likely have fabulous wine-pairing catering options, plus fabulous views for outdoor celebrations. Activities abound: Wine country towns often host festivals, and there are plenty of quaint shops to visit plus notable chef-owned eateries. 

Menu Ideas: 
Sweet cherry tomatoes stuffed with fresh ricotta and fino verde basil. A cocktail welcome party with wines from the vineyard and passed hors d'oeuvres. 

Welcome Basket Ideas: 
  • Bottle Stoppers
  • Wine Journal
  • Coasters
  • Cheese Knife and cheese ID flag sets
  • Bottles of wine or champagne
  • Mini summer sausage trios
♥Coastal Town
Think Cape Cod, Mystic, Newport... those breezy, quaint towns by the shore often hold sweet family memories of sand, salt and sun-filled vacations, sailing and watching sunsets over the ocean. If you're hosting an intimate wedding, you might consider having guests stay together at a rented beach house or a more traditional bed and breakfast. Beyond the typical water-centric activities such as sailing, water-skiing and paddle-boarding, landlubbers can partake in the likes of beach walks, antiquing and museum visits.

Menu Ideas: 
Serve lobsters, clams (quintessential clambake fare), or raise the gourmet level with barbecued oysters, and mini crab rolls with avocado green goddess and salt and vinegar chips. Shots of clam chowder or lobster bisque warm up a cool evening, as does sitting around a bonfire on the beach or a fire pit on a restaurant terrace. 

Welcome Basket Ideas: 
  • Nautical themed printed drink cozies
  • Mini jars filled with decorative sea glass
  • Polished seashells
  • Frosted cookies in lobster, seahorse, crab, starfish, sailboat, anchor, or other themed shapes
  • Authentic saltwater taffy
  • Container of regional seasonings, like Old Bay 
♥Winter Resort
Spectacular scenery and winter sports add beauty and adventure to your wedding weekend events. Beyond drinks at the lodge, there's skiing, horseback riding in the snow, hot-tubbing, snowmobiling and the resort's spa to enjoy. 

Menu Ideas: Lamb shoulder with caramelized Fuji apples, cheesy spaeztle with cinnamon sugar donuts and pistachio ice cream affogato (topped with espresso). Add in soup shots and hot spiked toddies for a tasty winter-themed menu. For dessert try a hot chocolate drinking station, letting guests choose from classic hot chocolate or peppermint, cinnamon or spiced flavors. 

Welcome Basket Ideas:
  • Snowflake-motif mittens
  • Fun knit scarves or headbands
  • Frosted coasters
  • SPF Lip balm
  • Hot chocolate mix packets
  • S'mores kits
  • Locally brewed bottles of beer
♥Camping or "glamping"
Weddings held at breezy rustic sites - some truly camp-like, most more luxe interpretations - are becoming popular, whether you or your fiance were once happy campers or simply love the casual outdoorsy vibe of care free summer days gone by. "Glamping" adds in glam decor elements like lighting effects, crystals and chandeliers hung from trees, and lush fabric drapings in tents. Guests can join you in kayak races or on nature hikes and horseback trail rides.

Menu Ideas: Add homemade gourmet marshmallows to s'mores fixings, and a "hobo" dinner of beef short ribs, yellow fin potatoes, and cipollini onions cooked in the coals. Hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled-pork sandwiches, cornbread, popcorn and classic ice cream sandwiches evoke fun camp memories. 

Welcome Basket Ideas: 
  • "Care Packages" with mini pampering items, packaged snacks, and a pair of socks for a take on what parents would send for their kids at camp
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Citronella travel candle
  • Playing cards
  • Bandannas
  • Blackberry jam, paying tribute to berry-picking memories at camp
♥Dude Ranch
Head out to the ranch for western fair activities like horseback riding, roping lessons, archery, fly fishing and campfire cookouts in breathtaking natural scenery.

Menu Ideas: Bison sliders, empanadas, churros, prime rib, southern fried chicken, roasted pork, sliders and breakfast burritos with slow cooked beans and cornbread for authentic western flavor. S'mores by the campfire are always a hit with guests. For an after wedding breakfast serve southern Texas toast, and biscuits with chocolate on top and muffins.

Welcome Basket Ideas: 
  • Packets of barbecue rub
  • Ranch logo drink bottles or cozies
  • Beer bottle openers
  • Little bottles of whiskey
  • Sheriff badges and toy horses for the kids
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