One thing is true about every wedding: it should be everything you want it to be. Whether you have two guests or two hundred your big day is about you and your partner. It should showcase your favorite food, drinks, and any aspects of your relationship you want to share. If that list of special somethings includes craft beer here are a few tips and tricks I learned along the way when we decided to feature glorious amber nectar.
Do Find Beers To Complement Your Menu.
Much like wine, a great beer can enhance the flavors of the food you’re serving. It’s an amazing way to add depth to your menu without costing a fortune. However, formulating a beer menu around your food can get intense and intricate pretty fast. The Brewer’s Association offers a nifty guide on CraftBeer.com that you can find and download here.
If you want to keep things simple (ahem, like we did) just get a few different types of beer to let your guests experiment with them throughout the meal.
Don’t Make It Difficult.
Let’s face it: craft or artisanal anything can get a bad rap for being stuffy, pretentious, and exclusive. With that in mind do not overcomplicate a craft beer experience for your guests. Your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles will likely go along with whatever free alcohol you’re offering, so have fun with it. You don’t need fancy glassware or detailed flights to let people drink and be merry.
Do Have an Entry-Level, Easy-Drinking Beer.
While your older guests will probably be accepting of a craft beer wedding they may not be exactly eager to guzzle down funky IPAs or rich chocolate stouts. A safe yet delicious lager or American blonde ale goes a long way; for us it was Cigar City’s Hotter Than Helles Lager. Folks familiar with the big brands will appreciate it and you don’t have to give up your craft beer vision.
Do Your Research on Local Beers.
We knew we wanted the Florida craft beer scene to play an integral role in our big day for our out-of-state guests. Finding local beer is beneficial to your state’s brewers and offers a personal, memorable touch that highlights your wedding’s location. Searching for them can be an adventure in itself by visiting local breweries and pubs or exploring the depths of Total Wine & More.
Hey, planning a wedding is hard! Don’t let this be yet another daunting task to drive you mad. When you look back on your big day you won’t remember the temperature the barley wine was served or which region of Belgium the Trappist beer was from. The beauty of craft beer is how delicious, simple, and accessible it is. Use it to bring you and your partner together and to brighten your day, not dampen it.
PS: Photos of our lovely nuptials were taken by Jordan Emmitt and Kelly Kee. That beautiful chalkboard? Done by Unearthed Vintage. Our beer was from Cigar City Brewing. Our pint glass favors were made on Custom Ink and Mr. and Mrs. glasses from Artfully SV. Florals by Petals with Poise and last but not least: it all went down at Villa Woodbine in Miami, FL.