This blackberry gin fizz recipe from Martha Stewart Weddings was what first gave me the idea to incorporate blackberries into our wedding. Basically my thinking went like this. “Blackberries… yummmmm. Mint… yummmm. You know where you can get the best blackberries and mint? August in the Bay Area. Hey! That’s handy!” Now we are probably not going to serve this drink, because no one needs gin in the morning (not for any good reason). But we will incorporate blackberries and mint in other ways.
I’ve been thinking lately that the best way to make a wedding budget friendly, and ecologically friendly to boot, is to have your wedding in a place that you love. Whether your venue is a park, a cathedral, or someones home, you shouldn’t have to do a ton of decorating, since you don’t want to cover up why you like it in the first place. (Much like your partner, right? But that’s another post.) We really love the Bay Area, so we are working to incorporate in-season fruits, vegetables, and flowers into the wedding. There is no real point in having lilies shipped across the world, when we can use pink jasmine, and then every summer, when the jasmine blooms, it will remind us of our wedding day.
I know this is a bit easier for us, since we are having our wedding in California in the summer. What isn’t in season? But I think you can apply this rule in very different situations. My parents got married in a Cathedral in San Francisco in the middle of the winter. They didn’t decorate the Cathedral much, since it was stunning on its own, and my Mom had holly and ivy in her bouquet, in-season winter plants.
How are you going to use your weddings location to inspire the decor (and save you money)?