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Another Tuesday rolls around and I have another lovely guest blog from a TNWC Real Bride. Today Caroline who is planning an eco-friendly farm wedding is sharing her delicious sounding plans for a picnic style wedding lunch, foodie wedding favours and a pork pie wedding cake.  Yum yum!

I’d advise reading this while munching a biscuit or your own lunch or you are likely to feel extremely hungry by the end of it…you’ve been warned!

Eleven weeks to go, and the lists are getting longer, hours spend asleep are getting shorter (I keep waking up in the middle of the night remembering things I have to do – it is SUCH a good idea to have a pen and paper next to the bed to write them down!).  And the spare room is getting fuller and fuller of wedding related paraphernalia!

I thought that for this months blog post, I’d share our food plans with you, as planning and organising that bit is proving to be heaps of fun, and I think one of the most enjoyable and important parts of our day.

Gareth and I are both big foodies, and we try to buy locally wherever we can, and having a picnic lunch is a brilliant way to be able to use local suppliers and get to know lovely local food producers in our area.  It’s also a fab way to make sure the foods amazing, even on a limited budget!

Picnic Wedding Menu

So far for our menu we’ve decided on:

Sourdough and olive bread from Welbeck Bakery, ham and smoked salmon pate from The Country Victualler, lots of homemade chutney from my lovely friend Jo, bags of Pipers Crisps, cheeses from Long Clawson Dairy (Thomas Hoe Red Leicester and Stilton), Lincolnshire poacher cheeseMike Maloneys pork pies, salads made by my brilliant big sister (we haven’t decided quite what salads yet though!), houmous, grapes, apples and celery.

I’m sure there will be a few extras added too though, and we have a lovely farm shop just down the road who I’m sure will be having lot of last minute visits from us!

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Little Cherry biodegradable tableware

Ooh I do love a good offer, and especially those that I can give exclusively to you, my lovely brides-to-be.  Today I have a fantastic 10% discount on all orders placed with Little Cherry who have a huge range of biodegradable and compostable tableware, fabric bunting, eco balloons, wild flower seeded gift tags, and much, much more!

Biodegradable heart shaped bowl

If you are planning a festival inspired wedding with a casual meal, or perhaps a beautiful picnic for your guests, then Little Cherry’s palm leaf or natural bamboo tableware would be ideal.

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rustic natural picnic wedding ideas

If your wedding venue doesn’t have all the accoutrements needed for dinner (crockery, glasses, cutlery etc) – perhaps you are celebrating in a tipi or yurt or at your parents home – coordinating and budgeting for these items can be a headache.  You have to work out how many you need of everything, where they’ll be stored when they get delivered, where they’ll be stored for pick-up, and will you pay extra to send them back dirty and save your time washing up?

rustic natural picnic wedding ideas

An alternative that might not initially strike you as eco-friendly nor beautiful is disposable crockery.  But it can be beautiful and eco-friendly, like these leaf plates (above and below) used at this wedding – a brilliant example of how pretty they can look.  If you are wanting a rustic feel to your wedding they would certainly fit in.

biodegradable leaf plates

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