As I mentioned in a post last week, two dear friends of mine will be getting married quite soon. Ashley and her fiance are planning a low-key, outdoorsy wedding on Labor Day weekend and have only just started to plan because they only just got engaged. In addition to offering congratulations, I offered to help out by finding wedding inspiration they might like. For most (if not all) of this week, I’ll be using Ashley’s own words as my inspiration. Without further ado, off we go!
The wedding will be at 3 pm, reception to follow at my parents’ place on the Snake River. It will be a HUGE ASS BBQ involving all manner of food. There will be impromptu dancing, all manner of unscripted toasting, motorboat/fishing rides up and down the river, 4-wheeling for the boys, a bottomless open bar, and a campfire. There will be fireworks at dusk and general merriment until the last person stumbles off to bed.
While it’s not quite fireworks at dusk, sparklers are a fun way for wedding guests to add a little light to the bride and groom’s special day. In this picture taken by emtboy9, sparklers become wedding decorations when taken out of their boxes and put in what looks like a flower pot. Ashley could up the ante by displaying sparklers in decorativevases at each table, perhaps as a centerpiece.
To-go boxes make cute wedding favor carriers and, if they’re big enough, Ashley’s wedding guests can snag leftovers before they go home at the end of the evening.
As far as food and drinks go, who doesn’t like food on sticks and food with flags? Ashley can make it easy for her wedding guests to get their nosh on by making the whole affair buffet style. It’s not difficult to set up a sweet drinks buffet if there’s a little help around — create two or three signature cocktails, pour some into glasses and leave a few pitcherfuls on the drinks table so guests can have seconds.
Katie from A Backyard Wedding created her own wedding photo booth using a Polaroid camera she and her now husband found on the side of the road when they started dating. The “booth” was created from hung upholstery fabric, and guests were encouraged to play with props and costume items! Very cool, and an easy idea of Ashley is into DIY.
Katie also bought most of the dishes and cups used in her wedding secondhand and found the rest on Freecycle. If Ashley did this, she could either keep her cool finds or let guests take home whatever caught their eye.
Remember those to-go boxes? What better way to celebrate a barbecue wedding than to send wedding guests home with personalized bottles of barbecue sauce? Beau-Coup describes its favors thusly: “Our gourmet barbecue sauce is created by the award winning chef of the elite Palo Alto Club. Sweet, with a tiny bit of kick, this flavorful sauce will become an instant favorite. Each 5 oz. bottle stands 6.5″ tall, and measures 1.75″ in diameter.”
Maybe Ashley isn’t a fan of favors as food? How about herbs instead? Sara of 2000 Dollar Wedding gave her wedding guests packets of cilantro seeds. I’d say that’s as classy as it is low-key, though perhaps better for weddings taking place at summer’s start rather than summer’s end. Then again, seeds will keep!
(Stay tuned for Inspiration for Ashley #2)