A wedding tea ceremony is an elegant way to celebrate an engagement or bridal shower. Modern American brides are borrowing ancient traditions from China to India to Scotland in order to inject sophistication, beauty and culture into their pre-wedding festivities.
Planning a Sophisticated Bridal Shower
Afternoons are the perfect time to host a bridal shower tea party. Fancy or casual, hosted in a backyard or a local tea shop, a bridal tea can have a Victorian, modern or Mad Hatter theme depending on your personality.
The charm is in the small details, so offer guests tiny tea cakes and sandwiches, raffia-wrapped tea bags and star-shaped fruits. Invite everyone to wear a fancy tea hat and invest in a beautiful set of vintage teacups that you can reuse as a wedding cake topper, flower baskets, table decorations or guest favors.
Meaningful Wedding Favors
Signature wedding tea blends are a gift your guests will truly enjoy. You can wrap your customized wedding tea in nearly any material to match your décor and then attach a sweet note to your guests, such as “Love is Brewing” or “The Perfect Blend.”
Maria Uspenski, owner of The Tea Spot in Boulder, Colo., created a customized concoction for her own summer wedding. Not only was the relaxing white tea a hit with guests, but “drinking it reminds me of that sweet summer night,” she says.
“Personalized wedding favors are becoming the trend for modern weddings, allowing couples to express their unique personalities through each detail of their wedding,” explains Uspenski, who recently launched a premium White Wedding Tea for custom wedding favors. The bouquet of loose Chinese tea leaves is adorned with honey-scented white flower buds and a sweet, roasted chestnut flavor that pairs beautifully with wedding cakes.
The Tea Shop packages the herbal leaves in custom-labeled mini tins that commemorate your special day. Best of all, 10 percent of all your purchases are donated to a cancer wellness program.
For inspirational ideas on including tea in your wedding celebrations, browse Traditions Wedding Blog’s Pinterest Board on Wedding Tea.