Calling all tea lovers out there, this one’s for you! I’m so excited to share this post with you all! With all the buzz of weddings around me, I thought, why not merge that with tea?! There are so many fun things you can do with tea and here are 10 ways to have a tea wedding I came up with following current tea trends for all tea lovers who just can’t do without tea anything and everything!
Tea cocktails are all the rage nowadays, with bartenders diversifying their portfolio with drinks infused with tea syrups, like this rooibos syrup from teAlchemy. There are even annual competitions to see who comes up with the most innovative tea cocktail! Choose two or three you like and add them to the bar menu. Get inspired and cater them to your theme! Is your wedding luau-themed? Have a Chamomile Tequila Sour! Here are 19 Thirst Quenching Tea Cocktails to get you started! Make sure you make a special request with your bartenders ahead of time so they can learn how to whip these babies up. Not only will these spice up your cocktail menu, they add a hint of elegance and sophistication!
Afternoon Tea Party
Whether you’re throwing an engagement party, wedding shower, or bachelorette party, an afternoon tea party could cater to anyone from the most prim and proper or laid-back bride. Want to throw a party in the comfort of your own home? Not a problem! Pekoe & Grey rents out beautiful china for afternoon tea parties. Choose your own design and they will deliver them right to your door and pick them up after you’re done! You don’t even have to do the dishes!
When you’ve finally picked out your venue and are in the stages of discussing preferences with your caterer, see if you can customize a few dishes to incorporate tea. There are so many ways to infuse tea into any dish – so start researching and get creative! A good place to get started with some ideas is here and here. Creating tea-infused dishes can be a conversation starter for guests and also adds some healthy benefits!
This is probably the easiest way to incorporate tea into your wedding. Whether you decide to go with tea bags or loose leaf tea, all you need to do is buy in bulk and find a creative way to package them nicely. Choose a tea that you and your partner both like and you’ll be able to share this with all your guests! Giving tea as a wedding favour or part of a swag bag is definitely much more practical than getting something your guests can’t use! Herbal Infusions has lots of options for party favours – be sure to check them out!
You may have heard of the infamous Chinese tea ceremony that people usually do for weddings, where the betrothed serve a sweet tea to elders in the family to formally introduce each other. To read more about the specifics of how this is done, read more about it here. However, it’s not only in Chinese culture that this is done. Russian, Japanese, Korean, Singaporean, and Moroccan cultures – just to name a few – also have traditional tea ceremonies that can be incorporated into wedding celebrations. This is an interesting way to incorporate your own cultural customs and traditions on your special day!
Tea Flavoured Wedding Cake
Red-bean Matcha cake? Vanilla chai? London Fog? Earl Grey sponge cake? How can one resist?! I’ve come across some wonderful bakers on Instagram who make tea flavoured cakes that make awesome eye-candy as well as food for the soul like Cakes By Anna or The Purple Cupcake. The perfect way to end a beautiful celebration – kick back with some tea and cake. There are many ways to incorporate tea into your wedding and I think this is one of my favorites! Feel free to ask your local baker if they’re willing to customize the recipe and make a tea-infused cake…or for those who love to bake, why not give it a go? Infuse tea into milk or use a tea syrup instead of sugar or even easier – use a tea powder like matcha or these ones from teAlchemy!
Photography in a Tea Garden
Love the outdoors and want to do something unique for your engagement or wedding photo shoot? Find a tea garden near you – or travel to one if you’re doing #10 below! What can be more beautiful than acres upon acres of budding tea bushes, clear skies, and majestic mountains?
Tea Pairings with Dinner
Instead of pairing wines with your dinner, why not consult a tea sommelier to pair teas with each course of your meal? No matter what kind of affair you’re planning, tea can be paired with hors d’oeuvres, cheeses, meats, any dish really, and all kinds of desserts. I don’t think I’ve ever been to any wedding that has done this, and since not many people know that teas can be paired with different foods, your special night will be one that people will remember! Check out this article by Huffington Post for inspiration!
The most affordable way to make tea part of your special day – include tea wisdom in your programs, signage, menus, place cards, invitations, party favour packages, speeches, and vows! Be creative! The sky’s the limit! Here is an awesome Pinterest board by twoleavestea for inspiration. Below are some of my favorite lines:
一期一会 or “Ichigo-Ichie” – A Zen Buddhist saying often associated with the Japanese tea master Sen no Rikyu, which means “for this time only” or “once in a lifetime”. Essentially, this means that each moment in life cannot happen the exact same way ever again.
“If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited, it will calm you.” – William Ewart Gladstone
“Life is like a cup of tea, it’s all in how you make it.” – Irish Proverb
“A woman is like a teabag. You cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.” – Audrey Hepburn
“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?” – Muriel Barbery
Destination Wedding or Honeymoon at a Tea Plantation
While I was looking for places to go and learn more about tea, I came across this tea plantation in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It’s an absolutely stunning luxury resort situated in the mountains that offers the complete tea experience with tea trails, fine dining with tea-inspired cuisine, hiking, golfing, white water rafting, and so much more! This is personally one of my dream destinations! Experience Ceylon tea at its finest!
My partner asked me if I want to incorporate all of this into ours, and I personally think it would be going overboard, but I’m honestly going to keep some of these ideas in mind for when the time comes! What do you guys think? Are there any that I’ve missed? Any other cool ideas of how to incorporate tea into your special day!? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!