Wedding Reception Food and Beverage

Wedding Reception Food and Beverage

Good things come in small packages… A mini appetizer can be considered something that someone would usually as a whole meal, shrunken down into one or two bites. Mini foods are very appealing to modern brides because they are self serve and are very easy to handle because silverware isn’t necessary. The best way to your guest’s hearts is through their stomachs!

A First Class Maui Wedding - Mini Appetizers

Most of the time guests are socializing and movie around the venue so it is best to offer foods that are smaler and easier to eat while standing whether they are being passed out on trays or at a food station.

A First Class Maui Wedding - Mini Appetizers

Wedding Reception food and Beverage

How great would it be to be able to pair mini foods with mini drinks that complement the food that is being served? Mini burgers and beer are a huge hit at rustic style weddings. These foods are so easy to eat in just one bite and a small amount of alcohol pairs well with it.

A First Class Maui Wedding - Mini Appetizers

When planning your wedding budget, you can expect to spend about half of your money on catering and your venue. It is important to find a caterer that you are happy with and will make food that you are excited about.

A First Class Maui Wedding - Mini Appetizers

Wedding Reception Food and Beverage

Soup shooters are great… choose your favorite soup and serve it in a small glass for easy drinking. Pair this tomato soup with a tiny grilled cheese garnish. YUM. Cold soups like gazpacho are also great to serve in small quantities – guests can sample multiple foods with convenience. One bites, such as these miniature caprese salads, are fantastic for a refreshing cool snack.

A First Class Maui Wedding - Mini Appetizers

What a creative way to represent delicious sandwiches on a small scale…use brushetta or mini loaves of bread to put together tasty mini sandwiches. Super finger foods!

Wedding Reception Food and Beverage

What a better way to end the night than with a cup of hot cocoa or coffee with a tiny donut! Coffee and a pastry are a wonderful after meal dessert and hot chocolate can be substituted for coffee for children…delicious.

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Modern brides have been known to have individual sized cakes for their wedding guests instead of having one huge cake that slices are cut from. These small wedding cakes save time taken up by cutting individual pieces from one wedding cake and are simply beautiful. Another popular mini food served in restaurants are shot glass desserts. With these types of desserts, it allows people to sample multiple smaller versions of desserts for more of a variety.

A First Class Maui Wedding - Mini Appetizers

Desserts in shot glasses, like these banana cream pies, are easy to serve and are the perfect amount for each wedding guest. Yum!

Wedding Reception Food and Beverage by First Class Weddings 

Patron and Limes from Weddings Illustrated

Burgers and Beer from Colin Cowie Weddings

Rum and Cokes from Elizabeth Anne Designs

Lobster Sandwiches from Colin Cowie Weddings

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup from Brides

Salads, Donuts and cakes from Weddings By Lilly

Shot Glass Desserts from My Sweet and Saucy


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Bohemian Weddings


Being identified as “bohemian” has gone from being an outcast to uniquely different. From the colorful flowers to the distinctive ambiance, bohemian weddings are up and coming. The term bohemian in the past has been characterized by someone who is socially unconventional and especially interested in the arts. Over the years the term has turned into a funky and individualistic trait that is to be desired. The word bohemian, used in this sense, comes from the French “gypsy”.


A bohemian groom is known for being slightly hipster; unconventional, if you will. Although his appearance may not be as unique as the bride, his charm brings a whole new element to the term bohemian.


Bohemian’s love color. Color in everything from flowers to tablecloths to cakes. It brings happiness and uniqueness into anything and everything you want. Take the table setting below, for example. We see a green tablecloth with beautiful colorful flowers in the middle in a rustic setting. This will make for a wedding that will not easily be forgotten.

Colorful flowers, such as ranunculus, draw attention to the bride while offsetting her white dress, making her stand out and be memorable.


Little girls can be bohemian too! This lovely flower girl is rocking the messy hair and fashionable forehead headband, making her stand out and adding an extra charm to an already unique wedding.


Bohemian’s are known for being one with nature. Being unconventional and rustic makes the term bohemian what it is today. That being said, earthy cake themes are the perfect addition to your bohemian wedding. The cake above takes nature and turns it into something elegant and, again, memorable.


Bohemian Weddings by First Class Wedding 

Bohemian Bridesmaids and Centerpieces From Green Wedding Shoes

Table Setting From Style Me Pretty

Flowers From Style Me Pretty

Flower Girl From Flickr

Bride in Colorful Garland From Green Wedding Shoes

Man Holding Cake From Green Wedding Shoes

Groom Juggling From Milou and Olin Photography


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Nautical Wedding


Ahoy, Matey! Are you the type of bride who is “Naut-y”? A nautical wedding may be for you! The word nautical pertains to sailors, ships, or navigation through bodies of water… We want to set sail and float away on this love boat!


Sailors’ knots & wooden wheels create waves for the eyes to swim across. When we think of nautical weddings we think of very traditional reds, whites & blues… the deep red cherries add beautiful bold color to the neutral base of the table & are a delicious summer fruit!


White hydrangeas are a great flower to include in a nautical wedding theme. They go well with colored ribbon such as blue & white striped ribbon which is very common with nautical themes.


The gold anchor, pops of red flowers & rope lining the cake make this dessert ship shape! This nautical wedding cake is made of fondant overlay and fondant blue & gold detailing.


Lacy vintage wedding dresses flow very well with the nautical theme. These dresses look traditional & could be short or long depending on your venue or taste. Going along with the blue & white striped theme… the bride’s shoes are a great way to get those wonderful bold colors into the wedding attire…swipe on some red lipstick & you are ready for your first mate!


We have mentioned our love of non-floral bouquets before… but we LOVE this seashell bouquet! This type of bouquet goes wonderfully with the nautical wedding theme and is a memorable keepsake that will last for a lifetime. Tie this bouquet with a little striped ribbon & you are set!


The pinstriped groom’s attire & Sperry shoes are perfect for a nautical wedding. The red, white & blue tie with the starfish boutonniere compliment the bride’s bouquet & overall ambiance of the wedding. Men who boat are typically seen wearing boating shoes such as these & would be comfortable for all the groomsmen as well.

If you have any nautical wedding ideas of your own we would love to see them and chat! Send them to – We can’t wait to hear from you!

Nautical Wedding by First Class Weddings

Love Boat from Skinny Pumpkin Desserts

Nautical Place Settings from Wedding Chicks

Shoes from Style Me Pretty

Ahoy Bride from A Jubilee Event

Anchor Cake from Wedding Bells 

Starfish Bouquet from Somer Anne

Groom’s Lapel from A Stunning Affair


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Gatsby Wedding


Are you Gatsby’d out yet??? We certainly aren’t! This trend took off very quickly in the wedding industry! Brides just cannot get enough of that Gatsby! Who could? Gatsby weddings are classy, high-end & so visually appealing! The black & gold accent colors add instant glamour to these weddings.

Did you know that the word gatsby refers to a type of South African style sandwich? However, the word gatsby is also a synonym for cool, swanky, & impressive – exactly how it is perceived in the movie, The Great Gatsby…the book about the “unattainable dream” is completely attainable with the expertise of First Class Weddings. We encourage you to “Live your Dream”…

Black & gold themed cakes are a major hit in the Gatsby world! These beautiful cakes are elegant and are just too pretty to cut into!

Crystal chandeliers hanging high above the ceiling add a stunning vintage look and make the lighting in the room romantic & intimate! Crystals, gems & pearls make for a lovely old fashioned feel and make you, as a bride, look glamourous!


Are you a roaring 20s bride? Bold black eyeliner & light eyeshadows make bride’s eyes pop! Don’t forget some pearls & gold earrings to hang below that gorgeous roller-style hair!

We LOVE these gorgeous earrings! These cascading tear drop earrings are a bold statement and would look lovely underneath wavy hair!


As depicted in the book & movies, Mr. Gatsby is a rich man who happened to come into a lot of money during his life. He lives a glamourous lifestyle & knows how to throw a party. This Gatsby groom is rockin’ his white tuxedo while looking sharp & is ready to be the life of the party.

All that glitters can be gold! Sparkling confetti falling from the high ceilings screams “Gatsby!”. These luxurious wedding details are extravagant & make for a stunning wedding. Black & gold were considered to be popular colors in the 20s when throwing parties. These colors once signified your status & class.

Gold silverware & gold rimmed plates are simple yet high-end. The fold of the napkin resembles that of a bow tie which all of the gentlemen wore to the parties that Mr. Gatsby threw in his mansion…

If you really want to make a grand exit, think about your transportation! In the 20′s the car was a newer invention that was coming in cool shapes & sizes. Back then cars were for the wealthy who were amongst the few who could afford to own them… & if you were seen driving off in one of these babys you would be making a memorable exit!

Gatsby jewelry, invitations, entryway & place cards from Bridal Guide

Gatsby Cake from Style Unveiled

Gatsby Hair & Make-up from Wedding Bells

Gatsby Groom from Expressionary Events

White Gatsby car from Martha Stewart Weddings

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Place Cards


Escort cards – typically mistaken as place cards, are organized in a central location usually near the entrance to a wedding reception…These cards have the name of the guest & the number or name of table that they are seated at during the reception. Escort cards inform the guests of their assigned table while place cards let your guests know their assigned seat, if you have a specific seating chart,  at that table. First Class Weddings is here to keep you “in the know” about all things weddings!


How adorable are these miniature easels with little canvas paintings displayed on them? Maybe you are a bride that loves to be creative & paint or water color. How cool would it be to have mini paintings & such used as your escort cards…they could even double as your wedding favor! This would be a great way to give something personal to all of your guests. Theses feather escort cards, featured below, would be great especially for a peacock themed wedding! Instead of using these white feathers you could instead use individual peacock feathers to go along with your theme!

Feathers would be great for a light and soft wedding… maybe you’ll be on a beach instead! Check out these awesome beach chair escort cards. Mini umbrellas instantly make me feel like I am on a tropical island!

From beaches to sailboats… these miniature chairs and sailboats make me want to be on the water! These would  also be great little wedding favors to give out at your wedding.


Signature drinks are a great & creative way to have people find their seats! Guests can get thirsty after the ceremony before enjoying a meal… why not have personalized mason jars, little bottles of alcohol or cups with cute straws as your escort cards?


Flowers & plants work perfectly for all season weddings! Once guests find their names and bring their flowers & such to their tables they instantly add beautiful colors & details to the tables. You are decorating without having to lift a finger! Floral escort cards are another great idea for wedding favors!

If you have any cool ideas or escort cards from your wedding please send a picture & description to – we can’t wait to hear from you!

Leaves from Limn and Lovely

Mini Masterpiece Cards from Project Wedding

Beach Chairs from All About Wedding

Succulent Place cards from Intimate Weddings

Feather Place cards from Wedding Chicks

Sail Boat Place cards from Style Me Pretty

Floral & Beverage Cards from Picks on Paper

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Confetti Alternatives

At the end of a wedding, guests will typically throw confetti or rice as the bride and groom are making their grand exit…hmmm, who started this tradition and why do we throw confetti up in celebration? First Class Weddings has discovered that the word “confetti” originated from the Italian word “confectionary” which refers to sweets such as sugared almonds or candied fruits. These sweets were typically handed out during special celebrations. In America we refer to confetti as shreds of paper. The throwing of confetti to the couple is a very old tradition to bless the couple so that they can be as fruitful as the grain or rice thrown upon them.  Today, modern brides have been personalizing this outdated tradition to include more fun and creative ways to bless their departure… check out these cool and modern wedding confetti alternatives!


Paper planes are a great photo opp! These planes could be made of your wedding colors, hung in trees, used as a theme and are great for pictures! This confetti alternative is environmentally friendly. They can easily be picked up and taken as a wedding favor or something fun for the children at the wedding to take home and enjoy!


For a light and simple alternative for confetti why not look at making yarn pom poms? These DIY pom poms are soft and bouncy and adorable for your grand exit! You could use any color of yarn to make these confetti alternatives!


Maybe you’re the type of couple who doesn’t want to clean up thousands of pieces of confetti – luckily there are alternatives! The guests could use bells to ring in the newlyweds! The sweet sounds of love ringing in the air is delightful!


The great thing about using glitter as confetti is the unlimited color schemes you can create! What a wonderful flash of color photographers can capture as you leave your wedding. This option is ideal on grassy locations. Sparkle sparkle!


Lavender is a great confetti alternative especially if your wedding colors coordinate with the purple color of lavender. You can place the lavender in custom linen bags, fill cones, or hand made paper envelopes. This confetti is very romantic and aromatic!


Traditional American confetti consists of paper shreds. You can keep the tradition alive by modernizing it and cutting or stamping shapes out of newspapers or old books for a unique spin on the old ways of doing confetti celebrations!


What a great way to use the resources of Mother Earth! Filling paper bags with leaves for fall wedding confetti would be so beautiful! Everyone has loved to throw leaves in the air since they were young… think about entering a new stage of your life under a cascading flow of gorgeous fall leaves!


Environmentally conscious? Bird seed is a great confetti alternative! Toss as much bird seed out on the sidewalk as the newlyweds walk out but make sure to keep it off the grass – it causes weeds to grow! However, the birds will thank you!


Paper plane, pom pom, bell, lavender and leaves confetti from One Fab Day

Glitter confetti from Wedding O’ Mania

Paper hearts confetti from Wedding Friends

Bird seed confetti from Tamryn Kirby


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Ombré Wedding

Red to white ombre wedding cake

 Ombré Wedding

Ombré is a French term, it means the shading and transition of color from light to dark, from one shade to another.  Traditionally this term referred to fabric and ombré has definitely made it’s mark in the fashion world, however recently this style has blown up! We are seeing ombré designs on everything from hair to nails and of course, all things weddings!  Wedding cakes, invitations, backdrops and flowers, ombré weddings are one wedding trend that is sure to stick around!

Ombre flower centerpiece

 Ombré Wedding Centerpiece

Ombré floral centerpieces can make your reception oh-so-glamorous!  An Ombré Wedding adds a decorative element that works with every color palette, and flowers are a great way to incorporate ombré decor into your wedding ceremony and reception. When creating an ombré flower centerpiece, we recommend choosing different flowers for each color (as seen above).  The different textures mixed with busts of color will create one gorgeous centerpiece!

Ombré Wedding Isle Runner

Ombré was originally associated with fabric, so why not continue your ombré wedding theme into your isleway.  We love a look that is hand crafted and matches your chairs, backdrops, reception table cloths, napkins, centerpieces and more…

Paper ombre wedding decor

 Ombre Wedding Backdrop

Hanging paper art makes for a fabulous backdrop and this ombré wedding backdrop makes this desert table so much sweeter! Hang garlands color by color, moving from one shade to the next to create fun and unique ceremony backdrop, desert table or photo booth areas. You can also  hang above reception tables to create amazing hanging decor!

Pink ombre wedding dress

Ombré Wedding Dress

It’s a bride’s day, so why not express you personal style with a fun and fabulous ombré gown…or have your bridesmaids rock the style. Brides may choose a white dress with colored tool that just peeks out the bottom or make a bold statement with a gown that transitions into a burst of color!

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Ombré Wedding by First Class Weddings

Ombré Cake from Mod Wedding

Purplé Ombre Flowers from Flourish Designs

Ombré Isle Runner from Wedding Wire

Ombré Paper Backdrop from Little Bird Celebrations

Ombré Wedding Gown from One Wed








Mint Wedding

One of the first decisions couples should make when planning their wedding is what their wedding colors will be. Wedding color palettes dictate the decor, wedding style and the overall feeling of every wedding.  Each year one color is predicted to be more popular than the rest, and mint is one of the hottest wedding colors of 2013.  From ceremony and reception decor to sweet treats and bridal accessories, mint is a soft and sweet color that is the perfect choice for those that love blue and green.  We especially love incorporating mint into your color theme for vintage or beach weddings! Mix with gold or pink or a variety of pastel hues is pure wedding perfection. Check out some of our favorite mint wedding details and inspiration below!

Vintage Doors at Cermony

Vintage Mint Wedding Decor

Mint Table Decor

 Mint Wedding Tables

Mint and Gold Wedding Cake

Mint Wedding Cakes

Mint Wedding Style

Mint Wedding Invites

Mint Wedding Favors

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Mint Wedding Inspiration by First Class Weddings

Mint Bridal Party from Irresistible Weddings

Mint Wedding Cake from Gild and Grace

Vintage Wedding Doors from The Bridal Style

Mint Table Runner from Style Unveiled

Mint Reception from Glendalough Manor Bride

Mint Bridesmaids from A Low Country Weddings

Mint Shoes from Society Bride

Mint Hairpiece from Little Somethings by Little Lo Hood

Mint and Gold Envelopes from Tied Bow Blog

Mint Cupcakes from Simply from Tamera Nicole

Mint Favors from Martha Stewart Weddings



Halloween Wedding

Pumpkin Ring Photo

Halloween Wedding

Halloween, the time of year where children and adults alike dress in costumes, visit haunted houses and carve Jack O’Lanterns.  While Halloween is most often associated with ghosts and goblins, cobwebs and candy, not everyone is saying Trick or Treat on October 31…for many happy couples, this is a day to say I DO!

Elegant Halloween ceremony

With a black, white and orange color palette, this outdoor ceremony is Halloween chic.  A variety of beautiful orange and white blooms pop against sophisticated black flower pots and bold, fabric accented acrylic stands.

Halloween Wedding – Pumpkin Centerpieces

Nothing says Halloween like pumpkins.  Carved, painted, big or small pumpkins are a great addition to an October wedding!  Use as centerpieces,  line the ceremony aisle way or pile high for a decorative photo booth backdrop.  Small pumpkins are perfect for favors and place cards alike.  Attach tags with your guests names or display at each place setting for fun festive Halloween wedding decor.

Till Death Do Us Part Pumpkins

Turn pumpkins of any size into a work of art!  This is a great DIY (Do It Yourself) project!  Paint pumpkins with a brush or spray paint and add patterns, lettering or cover completely.

Halloween Wedding Dessert Bar

Halloween Wedding Cake

Say Trick or Treat with Halloween Wedding inspired sweets! Candy apples, candy corn, decorative cookies…the possibilities are endless!   Ask your baker to create a one of a kind Halloween wedding cake for your October 31 nuptials.  How much fun is the spider web cake above?!

Black Wedding Dress

Colorful wedding dresses are on runways everywhere and a Halloween wedding is the perfect time to rock these modern wedding looks! Love the look but dreaming of that little white dress?  Make a wardrobe change after the ceremony and wear a bold black gown or LBD for your wedding reception.

Masked Bride

Masquerade Ball Reception

We love the idea of a masquerade wedding themed reception…after all, whats Halloween without a costume!  Provide a mask for your guests to wear for the evening and then take home as a Halloween wedding favor.

Happy Halloween from First Class Weddings!

Halloween Wedding by First Class Weddings

Pumpkin Ring Photo from Libby James Blog

Black, White, and Orange Ceremony from Karen Tran Florals

Pumpkin Centerpieces from Green Wedding Shoes

Till Death Do Us Part Pumpkins from 100 layer Cake

Halloween Dessert Table from Calligraphy by Jennifer

Halloween Wedding Cake from Half Baked – The Cake Blog

Black Vera Wang Wedding Gown from Hip Hip Gin Gin

Masked Bride from Belle Weddings

Masquerade Ball Reception from Polka Dot Bride

Moss Wedding

HEart Shaped Ring Pillow Made of Moss

Moss Wedding Decor

There are so many beautiful natural elements that can be used to create extraordinary event decor. Incorporate moss into your wedding theme and you will love the stunning result!  Moss adds color, texture and a rustic elegance to wedding ceremonies and receptions that we love! There are over 12,000 species of moss on this planet and one thing is for sure, when used as decoration, this gorgeous greenery brings the beautiful great outdoors to any event.

Wedding reception table runner made of moss

Moss Table Runner

Lush moss covered tables and  accented centerpieces have a rustic appeal that creates a earthy wedding theme.  Flower blossoms add color and frangrance to the place settings and dark candles set the mood. Make your wedding reception feel as though you are in a magical garden with this moss wedding theme.

Wedding dessert table covered with moss

Moss place card table

Moss Wedding Tables

Moss wedding decor can transform a standard dessert display, place card or sign-in table into a work of art that will give your guests something to talk about for years to come.  This is one embelleshment  that is easy to create yet packs a huge punch.  If you love this bold look, continue the theme by building a wedding backdrop or arch that is completely covered with moss.  Add fresh flowers, flags, jewels, etc. to make it truly unique. The result is gorgeous!

Moss and floral chandelier create a beautiful hanging centerpiece

Hanging Moss Wedding Centerpiece

Check out this overhead creation of moss, hanging tulips and glass bulbs! Moss chandeliers and hanging centerpieces will transform any table space and add a wow factor to your overall wedding decor.

Table numbers made of moss

Moss Wedding Table Numbers

Looking for a DIY (Do It Yourself) project for your big day? Plan a pre-wedding craft party and create moss covered table numbers, initial monograms, ring pillows or garden inspired flower girl baskets.   Moss wedding table numbers placed in your centerpieces are the perfect addition to reception tables.  Unique, creative and oh-so-fabulous!

Monogrammed Letters made of moss and flowers

Moss Wedding Monogram

Moss wedding monograms are perfect hung in entryways, on walls or as chair decor.  Choose your initials or wedding date for a unique wedding enhancement. We love that the above letters are paired with flowers and hung with ribbon in the weddings color palette.

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Moss Wedding from First Class Weddings

Moss Ring Pillow from One Wed

Moss Table Runner from United With Love

Moss Wedding Dessert Table from Tim Duncan Events

Hanging Moss and Tulip Chandelier from Bridal Banter

Moss Wedding Place Card Table from Simply Perfect Weddings

Moss Table Numbers from Esty

Moss Monogram Letters from Wedding Chicks