Today we’re talking about a wedding detail that is easy to overdo or overlook – the way food is displayed. Whether you choose a three-course dinner or something more relaxed, there is always an elegant way to present the food you serve. Here are a few ideas we’re loving.

Tabletop boards:

Charcuterie, fromage, fruit, all of the above – it’s hard to go wrong. Start with a rustic wooden board; Make & Stow, an artisan company located in Oregon, handcrafts a beautiful charcuterie set that would be the perfect choice. Add cured meats, assorted cheeses, cornichons, dried fruits, fresh berries and artisan crackers. You can make it Mediterranean, Scandinavian or simply farm-to-table. When arranging various food items atop each board, keep in mind size, color and spacing.

An elegant food bar:

We take the cocktail bar and cake table for granted, but what about an oyster station? A large-scale spread featuring Tuscan fare? To execute an elegant food bar, find unique rentals instead of standard chafing dishes and linens. Don’t worry about added decoration too much; the food will speak for itself. If you go with a buffet for your main course, think of it as a large food bar. Choose a beautiful table and arrange dishes in an artful way.  

Family style:

We love family style dinners. They naturally suit small weddings but can also lend a sense of intimacy to large events. Use your favorite bowls and platters to tie the meal together. Also, remember those boards we talked about? They can be a great addition to family style gatherings. Place boards along the middle of each table for guests to sample and pass around throughout dinner.

The well-composed plate:

The phrase “plated dinner” usually implies elegance, but if a plate is haphazardly arranged or just too full, that won’t be the case. Think about it this way – with a food bar or buffet, you can control the initial presentation. Guests will appreciate the display before serving themselves as they please. But with a plated dinner, each plate is a display on it’s own. So talk to your planner, designer or chef about ways to beautifully compose food on a plate. They will have plenty of ideas!

Creative passed appetizers:

Hors d’oevres can be classic or creative. If you choose something entertaining, like sliders and whiskey shots, serve them on a nice tray. An elegant wedding can definitely include pub favorites like french fries or fish and chips – just use high quality paper cones to match the upscale atmosphere you’ve created elsewhere.

Click through the slideshow below to see our favorite food displays.


Sometimes, it’s a very good thing for us to take inspiration from outside the wedding world. When creatives (whether those are your hired wedding vendors, or an artist, or carpenter – anyone!) take a step back, and spend time learning and reflecting on new things, we find the most magic happens.  This beautiful fashion editorial was inspired by Parker Palmer’s reflection on one simple word: humus. “The word humus, the decayed organic matter that feeds the roots of plants, comes from the same word-root that gives rise to humility. It’s an etymology in which I find forgiveness, blessing and grace. It reminds me that the humiliating events of life – can create the fertile soil that nourishes new growth.”

While it may seem strange to meditate on a word that refers to decay, floral designer Lisa Grey of Sweet Woodruff and photographer Lauren Kurc found this reflection to inspire thoughts of rebirth and new growth, much like the beauty of spring. So with a delicate, earthy color palette and a sweet sense of simplicity, they created this beautiful collection of imagery that we hope inspires some of you to look beyond typical wedding images for your inspiration.

Photography: Lauren Kurc | Florist: Lisa Gray of Sweet Woodruff | Hair and Makeup: Ashley Readings
Stylist: Audra Csak | Model: Avery Foote with Plutino Models | Clothing: Aritzia and Zara | Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy

Inspired by classic visions of a black tie wedding, Vik and Lena began planning an elegant wedding, held in the beautiful gardens of a local golf club. Keeping their stylistic choices on the simpler side meant the couple couple focus on a few key details: for Lena, that was her dress. “One of my favorite pieces in the wedding was my dress. I found it online months before we were engaged, and I just fell in love. I knew it was the one. So no matter how many dresses I tried on, none compared to the one my heart was set on. I ordered it without seeing it in real life or trying it on… And thankfully it was as amazing as I had imagined!”

Speaking of amazing, we cannot tear our eyes away from the amazing floral archway that was created for their ceremony. Filled with soft pink larkspur, snapdragons, and eucalyptus, this is such a dreamy piece for a couple to wed under and tied in perfectly with the overall palette of cream, shades of green, and touches of blush.

Venue: Oregon Golf Club | First Look: Villa Catalana Cellars | Photographer: Linnea Paulina | Videographer: Josh Etheridge | Invitations: Anastasia Marie | Dress: Basix Black Label | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair: Anna Zhere | Makeup: Irina Dzubenko

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