Springtime ushers in the glitz and glamour of wedding season, which lasts into late fall. This year, economizing is foremost on everyone's minds, but betrothed couples want their weddings and the events leading up to them to be as special as ever.
These wedding trends are how brides and grooms are turning bridal showers, couples' showers and, of course, the wedding itself into priceless yet affordable experiences for everyone involved.
* Revisiting food classics that are guaranteed to please the palate but don't break the bank, like the Sizzling Mini-Sliders featured.
* Choosing fresh and flavorful wines that present incredible value for the price but don't compromise a smidge on quality.
* Serving food in smaller portions, a restaurant trend, is a hit for guests and a boon for the budget.
* Conserving resources with 3L Premium Wine Casks, a convenient, no-waste way to serve a crowd.
Here are some stylish, budget-friendly food and wine options that allow happy couples to have their cupcakes and eat them too.
Bridal shower: To create an elegant and festive party atmosphere, decorate the event space with fresh flowers and set aside a table where gifts can be presented. A buffet table lets guests serve themselves and also provides a tableau for food and wine selections to be artfully displayed. Arrange an inviting layout of fresh seasonal salads and bite-sized desserts, with a delectable angel hair pasta dish as the centerpiece. Pair with the delicious Angel Juice Pinot Grigio, quintessentially Californian with delicate peach notes and a refreshing finish.
Couples' shower: A couples' shower is the ideal way to informally celebrate the upcoming marriage. Commonly known as a "Jack and Jill party," the event can be a luncheon, a laid-back barbeque or a party at a local park. A couples' shower is a prime opportunity for everyone to take a break and enjoy spending time together. Mini-burgers, or gourmet sliders, have universal appeal and offer up a new twist on an old favorite. Paired with the vibrant Big House Red, a California blend bursting with ripe red fruits that costs less than $10 a bottle, they will easily satisfy guests.
As an alternative to the traditional wedding cake, a cupcake wedding tree is a sophisticated way to end the momentous occasion on the sweetest of notes. Paired with the luscious, food-friendly Cupcake Chardonnay from the prized Central Coast winegrowing region, this spectacular dessert and the creamy, fruit-forward wine are a match made in heaven.