Just like a traditional wedding flowers are a must, but in the case of a foodie wedding, produce is a must. Finding ways to sprinkle fresh produce throughout your wedding ceremony and reception may seem a little ridiculous, but I assure you, it can be done with grace and class. You can still add a flower or two that you like as accents; just make sure the food is in the forefront.
Vegetables to consider should be ones that have a floral-feel like artichokes, butter lettuce, brussels sprouts, asparagus and kale. These vegetables are sturdy which is great to withstand a longer celebration and if you take the time to choose, you’ll find they not only come in green, but pretty hues of purple are available to provide depth. I recommend using these for bouquets and centerpieces.
Fruits are a wonderful way to add color. I prefer something smaller and round like clementines, berries, apples, lemons and key limes. These citrusy treats serve as great additions to tablescapes and bouquets, plus the berries can be easily incorporated into boutonnieres.
Herbs make great fillers just like baby’s breath did ages ago. But in this case, you have so many to choose from to create the affect you’d like for your wedding. Whether you’re going for dramatic, sweet or organic, you can achieve it by incorporating thyme, dill, basil, oregano or rosemary. Also remember that if you let some of your herbs grow longer, pretty flowers will begin to appear that you can use to your advantage. Herbs can be incorporated in just about every place flowers are needed in a wedding, so think beyond bouquets and boutonnieres and branch out to place cards and creating a bookmark for your guest book.
Of course, produce goes beyond what we’d typically eat when it comes to decorating. Broccolini, carrot leaves, fennel flowers, leek flowers and lavender can be a wonderful friend to have when building your edible arrangements.
Now don’t forget, the great thing about decorating with “flowers” for a foodie wedding is that you can be eclectic. It’s expected really and your goal is to showcase food, so don’t limit yourself to just one or two veggies or fruits; find ways to incorporate more and have a little fun with guests and have them guess what you’ve used.
And now, my favorite arrangement I found for a foodie wedding. Love this!