Although we are involved in wedding catering, every aspect of weddings are of interest to us. The ways in which couples use their imaginations to devise unique ideas for their wedding is always of interest and we know how satisfying it can be to come up with a unique wedding idea – we were the first (and are still the only) mobile creperie in the UK to specialise in weddings. So following on from a recent blog, on the subject of wedding guests contributing Christmas decorations for a winter wedding Christmas tree, we were reminded of a related idea which we have heard of, but never encountered.
The related idea we heard about involved guests contributing specific, everyday ceramic and pottery items, in order to stock the newlyweds kitchen. Each guest is allocated a specific item to contribute – for instance a plate, or a saucer, or a bowl or a cup. Guests are then free to make their own choices as to what to buy, resulting in a completely random assortment of everyday kitchen crockery – a unique collection which could never have been assembled without the input of lots of different people. Guests are asked to sign their names on the bottom of their item in order to determine who contributed which pieces.
One of the great benefits of this idea – similar to that of the crowd-sourced Christmas tree decorations mentioned earlier – is that the bride and groom get to use the kitchen items every day for the rest of their lives (rather than just gaining benefit for one day) and act as a constant reminder of their wedding.
We know one or two people who we would probably invite to a wedding solely because they are excellent at pottery (yes, we are talking about you, Lizzie!) and so they would presumably contribute something handmade and beautiful as a wedding gift. From such bespoke items to expensive and stylish, store-bought ceramics, there are endless possibilities for items to contribute in unlimited styles and colours.
We toyed with the idea of doing something similar with the plates (or cones) on which we serve crêpes at weddings, by inviting guests to sign the plates and hand them to the bride once they had finished eating their pancakes.
But having a collection of signed, biodegradable plates – complete with nutella, lemon and chocolate stains – somehow doesn’t seem appropriate for a wedding, so although we would of course recommend hiring our crepe van for your wedding, perhaps it would be best to stick to ceramics if you intend to start collecting crockery for your kitchen.