Post # 1
This is my first post so here goes!
I’m very big on making our 10.9.10 wedding unique and I recently saw an idea in a magazine that I need some reassurance and advice on. It’s a tasting bar, pairing chocolate and various liquors appropriately. We’re having an open bar and I was considering having the chocolate double as the favor and using all of the liquor we’re already purchasing for pairings. (to cut down on costs) Our bartenders (2) will be the ones doing this so it needs to be somewhat easy to execute and won’t interfere with normal bar service.
My quesitons are as follows:
1) has anyone seen or been to a wedding that had something like this at it? If so, do you mind letting me know if it was a hit, what you would change, etc?
2) does anyone have any suggestions/websites on where i can find which chocolate types to pair with what liquors? We’re having rum, vodka, crown, jack daniels, tanquerey, beer, white wine and red wine. I’ve googled every possible combination of chocolate/liquor/tasting and haven’t had much luck.
3) We’re having a very formal wedding (black tie) so I’m trying to get advice/suggestions on how to keep this extremely classy. Our reception venue has a built in bar area so there’s space for this already. Any ideas on how to decorate this area? Colors are navy, champagne and copper.
Our reception venue pictures can be found here: http://www.specialdayeventsinc.com
What do you guys think? I appreciate any input and look forward to hearing from the fellow bees! 🙂
Post # 3
Ooh I think that sounds lovely and very sophisticated! I’ve never been to a wedding that has done this, but I have been to ones that had wine tastings, and I think that tastings in general are very sophisticated.
I would think that the chocolates would be paired better with various licquers which are sweetened with various fruits, cream, chocolate, etc (think Bailey’s). But this may not come with your bar. You might want to talk to your caterer about how much this would add if it is not. Bailey’s is ofter served in little chocolate shot classes, which I think is really elegant – and you can eat them after finishing your sample of Bailey’s. I can really recommend pairings, but I’m sure you could go to a gourmet grocer or boutique liquor store and ask them. Since they sell it, I’m sure they would have great suggestions.
In terms of decor, I might present the chocolates and liquor/liquers on copper trays since that is one of your colors, simply because I LOVE the combination of copper and chocolate colors. Then maybe add in your other colors as accents on the bar with small flower arrangements or ribbon. But I don’t think you will need a lot of decoration if the presentation (beautiful bottles of liquer laid out, chocolate tasting cups and an array of lovely chocolates) is done simply and elegantly.
Sorry I couldn’t offer more help, but hopefully this is a start. I’d love to hear how it turns out!
Post # 4
PS: you are getting married on my birthday, so I hope that is added luck! 😉
Post # 5
This is very helpful, thank you! I love the chocolate cup idaea. 🙂 We’re very fortunate to have a venue that allows us to bring in our own alcohol so adding Baily’s won’t be a problem. I think that would be really tasty with chocolate!
I really appreciate the decor options as well. Cooper trays would also add a sense of style and help bring in the copper color so great idea!
Being that this is a more formal “activity” at the reception, is it rude or tacky to allow guests to take home additional chocolates and pairing books (I’ll make) as a favor? I’m not a big fan of the generic favor options but feel like I should offer something guests can take with them. I don’t want to cheapen the wedding feel by doubling up on favors and tasting chocolate. (although I don’t think any of our friends would mind!)
Thanks again for your reply and suggestions and I’ll post pics of the books once I make them. 🙂
And yah for birthdays!
Post # 6
I don’t think it is tacky at all to give guests the option of taking some home along with a book on pairings – I think it is a lovely idea. You can set out pretty bags that compliment the decor. I think it is a very unique favor idea and your guests will love it!