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These are the times of personalization in wedding world, a time where brides and grooms never cease to amaze me with ways of incorporating their names, favorite memories, colors and just about anything else into their special days. A growing trend is incorporating your culinary heritage (and favorites) into the food you serve at your reception. This could include everything from just the hors d’ourves to an entire sit down dinner. This infuses a punch of personality to what could be a boring or run-of-the-mill menu.

A unique way of incorporating this trend into your reception could also be highlighting the culinary heritage of the city you met or where you’re from. Some chili from Cincinnati please? A pizza bar full of deep-dish pizza from Chicago? Yum! We’ve collected some inspiration to get you started on highlighting your locales yummiest traditions!

There are numerous places in the Mid-west known for their scrumptious BBQ, say Kansas City? These hors d’ourves look like a great way to incorporate them into your reception.
kansas-city-bbq-wedding-food Rebecca of Birds of a Feather via SMP | Steve Steinhardt Photography via SMP

What about those award winning pies at state fair’s throughout the region? Here’s a great way to incorporate them in!

Harwell Photography via SMP | Heather Kincaid via SMP

asian-inspired-wedding-menu First Comes Love Photo via SMP | Christian Oth Studios via SMP

And don’t skimp on the beverages! This lovely little concoction of margaritas in mini Patron bottles.
culturally-inspired-wedding-cocktails Braedon Photography via SMP | onelove photography via SMP

What would you want to use as inspiration for you and your guests’ palletes? The city you met in college? Your cultural heritage?

I love details that are functional as well as beautiful. These escort card beverages are practical in several ways: they serve as a welcome drink upon entrance to the reception, they obviously serve as escort cards, they help people to keep track of their drinks, and in some cases they can serve as favors. The drink containers themselves can be etched or printed with names and table numbers, the beverages can be tied with escort tags or contain drink stirrers with table numbers, or regular or chalkboard labels can be applied to to the containers.

Top Left: Creative Media Print; Top Right: Aneta Mak via Martha Stewart Weddings; Bottom: Mika 78 via 100 Layer Cake

Top: Scarlet Petal; Bottom Left: Matt Johnson via SMP; Bottom Middle: Lane Ditto, Joyful Weddings and Events via SMP; Bottom Right: Yunhee Kim Photography via Martha Stewart Weddings

Don’t forget the adorable candy-striped straws!