Wedding Tips for Beer Geeks

So our wedding was almost four months ago, but the 2012 wedding season is almost upon us. And since we’re beer geeks who incorporated our favorite beverage into our wedding here and there, we thought we’d share that knowledge with you. Because we’re nice people.

Venue

First and foremost for us was beer at the event. Before our wedding, we had only been to one other that didn’t have any macro beer. This is where venue selection is important. You can go one of two ways – picking a place that already has gobs of great beer, and pick it pretty much for the beer; or pick a raw space and bring in your bar, thus ensuring you can choose your own brews. We chose the former. Our venue, Bubby’s Pie Co., has an excellent selection of beer. Here was our list:

Draft
Oskar Blue’s Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale, Southampton Double White, Lagunita’s Little Sumpin Sumpin, Captain Lawrence Kolsch Ale, Stone Brewery IPA, Left Hand Milk Stout

Bottle/Can
Lionshead Pilsner, Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale, Sixpoint Crisp Lager, Boont Amber Ale, Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, Narraganset Lager, Victory Festbier, Otter Creek Stove Pipe Porter, Nectar Ales Red, Southampton Keller Pils, Mad River Jamaican Red Ale, Mad River Steelhead IPA, Ommegang BPA, Delirium Tremens, Maradsous

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Decor

We didn’t have any beer-themed decorations, because we had a vintage theme, and one of us was very specific about it (we won’t say who). But, if we were doing it all over again (we wish we could do it again, and again, and again) we would include dried wheat in our flower arrangements. UPDATE: We wish we thought of this! (Thanks Emily, for alerting us to it!)

Favors

Inspired by the wedding of two of our closest friends, who had bottles of homemade wine as their favors, we thought we might brew a beer for ours. Unfortunately, we came up with this idea with not enough time to bring it to fruition, so we let it go. But, if we were to do it again, we would brew an oatmeal stout for each guest and make customized labels. We were also kicking around the idea of beer glasses as favors. (We wound up with customized buttons for everyone, which proved very popular.)

Welcome Bags

Here’s where we got really into the beer theme. The centerpiece of our welcome bags (gift bags given to each guest staying overnight at the hotel) was a miniature tub of My Friend’s Mustard (mustard made with Sixpoint beer). We then added two cans of Sixpoint beer. Guests either got the Crisp, Bengali Tiger, Righteous Rye, or Sweet Action. We gave everyone a little bag of pretzels to finish off the snack. Awesome, right?

Anyone else add beer-themed details to their wedding? We’d love to hear about them!

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