Guests will always remember the food you serve at your wedding.  Refreshments leave a long, lasting impression because everyone loves to eat!  Here are 10 food and beverage trends for 2017 that will jazz up your wedding.

1. Food on wheels: Food trucks are interactive, economical, and they are a great, new experience for guests.

“Purple Food Truck Food Power Supply Car Works” by Ben_Kerckx is licensed under CC0 1.0

2. Signature Cocktails: You can get as creative as you want with drinks, add a special drink to the menu, and it can be cost-friendly.

signature cocktails

Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers planned a wedding that offered a pear lemon fizzy and a grape elderflower fizzy.

3. Breakfast food: People love breakfast for dinner!  Serve pancakes, waffles, eggs, or other breakfast foods.  Midmorning ceremonies are less expensive than ceremonies in the evening which would make breakfast food appropriate to serve.

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4. Minis: Small is the new big.  Eating bite sized food is more eye appealing to guests.  Sometimes portions can be too much for people so this allows portion control without being obvious.  

“Miniature Pancakes on a Stick with Powdered Sugar and Strawberries for Breakfast or Brunch on a White Ceramic Plate” by Personal Creations is licensed by CC BY 2.0

milkshake shooters

Mini milkshakes were served at a Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers’ Wedding.

5. Food Stations: Stations can include food stations, action stations, or do it yourself (DIY) stations.  You can have multiple food stations throughout your venue with different kinds of food.  Action stations utilize a chef standing behind a table who cooks the food in front of guests.  People love to watch their food being made!  DIY stations are interactive and fun.  Who doesn’t like to choose their food and customize it for themselves?

“Ice Cream Toppings Galore on our Carnival Cruise” by Nick Gray is licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

6. Replace the Cake: Spice up your wedding cake with any kind of dessert that is shaped like a cake or an inside out cake.

“8 Layer of Burgers on Glass Tray” by Picasa is licensed by CC0

7. Eliminate Silverware: You save waste and/or water.  You don’t necessarily need to have finger foods, but you can play around on how foods are consumed.

“Leek Potato Soup” by Karolina Grabowska is licensed by CC0 1.0

8. Farm-to-Table: These foods are fresh and local.  The term “farm-to-table” describes food that is grown on a farm and goes directly to the table to be served.  The dishes are served as simple as possible in order to retain the tasty, original flavor from the food.

“Farm-To-Table” by Pashi is licensed by CC0 1.0

9. Dessert Table: Rather than having wedding cake as your only dessert, you can fill a table with other sweets!

Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers had a bride and groom that 

wanted a cake and a candy bar.

Epicurean cannoli

Cannolis were served at a Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers’ Wedding.  

10. Late Night Snacks: Guests build up an appetite after dancing the night away and what better to satisfy that hunger with a late night snack?

late night snack pretzel wall

Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers planned a wedding where pretzels

were offered as a late night snack.

Do you love your pet so much that you want to incorporate him or her into your special day?  Pets are not just animals. They are part of the family!  They eat, breathe, play, talk, joke around, and love just like any other member in the family.  They just have fur and look absolutely adorable.  Here are 11 ways to include your pet on your wedding day.  

1) Pictures- You can include your pet in your “Save the Date” pictures, engagement, and wedding pictures.

“Save The Date” by Chad Sparkes is licensed under CC BY 2.0

2) Sign holder- Put a sign around your pet that directs your guests to where the ceremony is or you can put a welcome sign around your pet’s neck. 

3) Replace your bouquet with your pet- Instead of walking down the aisle with a bouquet of flowers you can carry your pet.

4) Have your pet walk down the aisle- You can include your pet in your wedding party and have her or him walk down the aisle. 

“Cani Sposati” by Luca Conti is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

5) Let your pet be at the alter- Have your pet lay next to you or sit at the altar during your ceremony. 

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6) Transportation- If you have a horse, you can ride in and ride away on your pet. 

By Kathryn is licensed under CC BY 2.0

7) Special dance- Like a father-daughter dance, you can have a special dance with your pet.

8) Involve your pet in your reception activities- Do you have a photo booth?  You can use your pet as a prop.  You can also put your pet in a booth with a sign that says “pet me” or “kiss me”. 

“Kissing Booth” by Roxanne Ready is licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

9) Dog décor- Is your dog too energetic or not disciplined enough?  No worries, you can still incorporate your pet into your wedding theme with décor like pictures.

10) Flower girl escort- Your pet can walk your flower girl down the aisle.

11) Ring bearer- Your pet can be at the altar with the rings or can walk down the aisle with the rings when it is time to exchange them. 

“A special ring bearer – Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort” by Ryan G. Smith is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

Kelly Lemon Photography

Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers had a bride that funds no kill shelters and fosters dogs that are in kill shelters. She works with Maxfund and they attended the wedding with senior dogs for a photo opportunity and to help them find homes.

Scottish Colorado Wedding ~ Maria and Craig: We LOVE this couple! From the minute we met these two, we knew this would be a fun and fantastic wedding. Maria works in the industry so had a great vision as to what they wanted for their wedding. Elegant, clean and timeless. They had family traveling from the East Coast to the UK to Colorado. Craig incorporated his Scottish heritage with custom kilts in their family’s tartan.

Maria and Craig’s Tuscan meets Colorado aesthetic could not have looked more gorgeous in ivory, navy, green with gold touches. Stone urns were used for the entrance pieces to the ceremony as well as in the centerpieces. The wedding itself took place at the Country Club at Castle Pines which boasts amazing views of the mountains. What Scottish ceremony would be complete without a bagpiper to lead the guests to cocktail hour? Fantastic!

Following, guests were wowed with an amazing reception tent with hanging chandeliers and greenery. Timeless and sophisticated linens and tableware completed the elegant and timeless look Maria and Craig wanted. To further make this day their own, fish and chips were offered as a late night snack along with New Jersey caramel popcorn, fudge and salt water taffy.

We were so excited when Style Me Pretty published this wedding on their blog! Thank you to our amazing vendor team:

Photography: Connie Whitlock | Floral Design: The Perfect Petal | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: The Makery | Stationery: Vera Wang  | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Catering By Design | Makeup Artist: Allison Beach | Hair Stylist: Glam Team | Calligraphy: Christina Johnson | Groom’s Attire: Slan J Kilts | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Transportation: Arrow Stage Lines | Wedding Venue: The Country Club At Castle Pines | Bagpiper: Michael Lancaster | Calligraphy (Mirror): | Dress Boutique: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Lighting + Draping: LMD Productions | Music + Entertainment: Syndicate | Photobooth: ShutterBooth | Rentals: Event Rents | String Trio: Columbine Entertainment

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Spruce Mountain Ranch Wine & Nosh 2017 show was a fantastic event! First of all, SMR is one of our favorite venues with it’s choices of ceremony and reception backdrops. It is such a beautiful treat for all guests, especially out of town guests to get a taste of what Colorado has to offer in terms of view. Second, we love collaborating with amazing vendors to see what inspired designs we can come up with to showcase.

This year we wanted to play on the pantone color of the year – green. We decided to focus on all type of green in conjunction with great texture. Always pushing the envelope, we thought what a better way to offer two design concepts on one table which is what we did! On one side we have a gorgeous monochromatic design in ivory and copper. This side had a more elegantly rustic feel with ceramic plates, cut crystal and hammered flatware. The florals were swoon-worthy with lush dense feel with copper branchlike plumes dancing between the place settings and off the table. To complete the look, we used bronze Elio bistro chairs.

Our green side had more of a contemporary and modern feel with bold and graphic gold and white plates. The florals and greenery came alive with all types of varieties of gorgeousness. Delicate green foliage then spilled out from the centerpiece and between the place settings. We finished off the look with gold rimmed stemware and a white shagreen and gold napkin rings along with acrylic mirage chairs.

Once again, we LOVE our vendors who helped our vision come to life. A Design Resource who time after time surprises us with their creations based on our sometimes outlandish but unique and fun design ideas. Event Rents for letting us play with their new rental inventory whenever it comes in.   A big thank you to Rachel Havel Photography for capturing these images.  Green and white ombre wedding flowers copper wedding ombre wedding centerpiece modern green and gold place setting Cloud 9_Denver Wedding Planner_green wedding Cloud 9_green and white wedding_green and white centerpiece.


Organic Mountain Wedding ~ Ellen & Robby:

Ellen and Robby’s organic mountain wedding was a direct reflection of their joyful love story which began seven years ago in the salad department at the University of Iowa.  As you will will see in photos below, captured by Stephanie with From the Daisies, they adore each other; it’s nearly impossible not to get swept away.  Ellen and Robby invited their closest friends and family from all over the country to join them for their celebration weekend, which included a beautiful ceremony, grandma’s thumb print cookies, and the Iowa Hawkeye football game at a local pub.

When dreaming about the wedding, Ellen wanted the guests to experience the natural beauty of the Colorado mountains and Robby’s love for farming.  As soon as Ellen stepped on to the property, she knew Spruce Mountain Ranch was the perfect back drop they needed.  This led us to an organic, romantic aesthetic, over flowing with texture.  The neutral color palette consisted of slate grey, soft greens, and white.  Ellen surprised Robby with close friends playing the Beetles, while she walked down the isle. Where she joined Robby surrounded by friends, family, and their gorgeous outdoor ceremony.  Luckily the rainy weather held off until after the pictures!

Though it was a bit chilly outside, the guests were greeted by a warm fire place and a beautifully decorated space by A Design Resource.  We adore the escort cards in succulent pots and were featured in greenery boxes with flowering kale, artichokes, and moss.  Desiring a farm to table feel, we incorporated wooden boxes, vintage bottles, and rustic risers.  Then filled them with our white blooms, fun poppy pods, cotton and greenery to bring the tables “to life.”

Following the heart felt toasts by the bridal party and father of the bride, everyone delighted in the family recipe for Grandma Roger’s thumb print cookies and the organic cake by The Church of Cupcakes.   Then, the DJ with A Music Plus filled the dance floor as everyone danced the night away under the hanging lights and bright stars.

A HUGE thank you to the team that made this organic mountain wedding day flawless: Spruce Mountain Ranch, A Design Resource, From the Daisies Photography, Ampersand Family Videography, Catering By Design, Church of Cupcakes, The Glam Team, A Music Plus, Event Rents, and Peak Beverage.