Bring on the bacon! While this photo inspiration is all about the combination of a rustic venue with wood and metal, bacon makes an appearance in the unique bacon bar. It’s truly the highlight of the food section of the wedding reception. Take a look!

Details for a Wedding Bacon Bar

Everything's better with bacon, and this statement doesn't ring truer than when you come across a wedding bacon bar. The tasty treat has long left the breakfast table and the wedding industry also found a way to deliciously include it into the big day. Having a mouthwatering wedding menu is an unwritten expectation but as trends evolve, brunch-style receptions have risen in popularity.

It's a great option for couples who want to personalise their wedding catering and offer guests a memorable dining experience. Guests will hurdle around a hearty food station and mingle even more if it's set up as the wedding's "water cooler."

Outdoor Wedding Ideas for a Wedding Bacon Bar

If you are working with an outdoor wedding venue then you'll have lots of fun setting up a bacon bar. As seen in the editorial, a meadow provides the perfect setting for the rustic chic occasion. The giant tipi is one of the highlights, and it's the perfect place to set up a lounge area complete with a bacon bar.

Decked out with string lights, leather sofas, rustic decor, and some greenery; the rustic-style bacon bar is the precise place where guests will enjoy hanging out. Consider setting up several similar spaces around the wedding venue, and convert one of these spots into a cigar lounge specially for the groom and his groomsmen.

Decor Ideas for a Wedding Bacon Bar

The setup by Ashley's Creative Catering gives a clear idea of how to set up a wedding bacon bar. To further enhance the rustic theme, you'll want to include more wooden accents including cutting boards as well as repurposed wood signage. Vintage accents like the aged portion bottles also enhance the rustic aesthetic.

Birch logs and tree stumps can add a dramatic appeal to the reception venue. Besides lighting up the outdoor space with string lights, you'll also want to further illuminate the critical areas using dimming lights, table candles, and lanterns. Whiskey barrels are also wonderful additions to the rustic wedding bacon bar decor.

Floral Arrangements for a Wedding Bacon Bar

Wildflowers are the perfect choice for a rustic-themed wedding but the selections of beautiful posies used for the editorial prove otherwise. Simpson's Florist is responsible for putting together the floral arrangements made up of orange, purple, pink, and red blooms. You can still maintain the rustic appeal by going for a more natural and unstructured look.

Sunflowers, spray roses, baby's breath, and chamomile daisies are some of the befitting blooms. For the bouquets, secure the posies using burlap wraps and use potion bottles or mason jars as vases for the table centrepieces. Wooden planters and metallic buckets filled with blooms are equally lovely rustic touches.

Food Ideas for a Wedding Bacon Bar

The presentation actually matters more than what's on the wedding bacon bar menu. However, you'll still want to offer a mouthwatering spread including pastries, assorted bread, and of course, lots of bacon. Offer guests selections of bacon chips and smoked bacon presented in mason jars.  

Have a portable iron grill at hand for guests to fry up small batches of bacon to their liking. Also, serve omelets and stacks of pancakes as well to make it a truly nostalgic treat. Wine and beer are some of the wedding staples but Irish coffee served in mason jars is a lovely choice for the occasion.

Wedding Cake Ideas for a Rustic Wedding

Wedding cakes have long evolved from traditional, simple white desserts into delectable artistic creations. Couples who settle for a rustic theme often go for cakes that have a nature-inspired aspect but the editorial shows us that an elegant blue and gold-coloured cake is also a lovely choice.

Given the bacon aspect, a skilled cakemaker can always find ways to creatively include the cured meat into the main dessert. The ruby red and pink coloured sugar blooms adorning the cake bring in the nature-inspired detail. Other befitting alternatives include birch-themed wedding cakes, naked cakes embellished with sugar blooms, and chocolate wedding cakes.

Table Setting Style for a Wedding Bacon Bar

The rustic table setting style is all sorts of beautiful. Bare wooden tables have been used all around the venue keeping true to the theme. For the dessert table, blue-coloured tapered candles perched on bronze-toned candle holders fit into the theme. It's a lovely touch that a wooden cake stand was used for the editorial.

The tablescape uses a simple style and it also carries the wooden theme as well as gold-coloured accents. Crystal accents brought in by the charger plates and drinking glasses are inspired details. The royal blue napkins also blend in with the blue tapered candles on the tables.

Invitations for a Bacon Bar Event

You'll come across rustic wedding invitations that range from simple to elegant and with floral or feminine motifs. The editorial presents a simple yet glamorous stationery suite in an earthy brown and white tone. To enhance the rustic feel even further, go for cards splashed with a gradient of the brown pigment reminiscent of nature.

In general, rustic wedding invites also incorporate mountains, forests, flowers, and other nature-inspired details. Even more charming, the stamps are nature-inspired which further ties in with the rustic theme. For the bacon bar signages, it doesn't hurt to include the iconic salt-cured meat motif on the stationery.

Wedding Photo Shoot Ideas for a Wedding Bacon Bar

The thought process and creativity that goes into setting up a wedding bacon bar should serve as a highlight in more ways than one. Besides being a conversation starter, the area doubles up as one of the perfect spots to document the occasion. If you go the full yard and include a cigar lounge they'll also work as whimsically fun photo props.

The editorial also reminds us why choosing a wedding venue is an important decision. Several areas around the Alabama-based Meadow Creek Farms, including the wooden farmhouse and the huge tipi set up, served as wonderful backdrops for the shoot.

Favours & Gifts for a Wedding Bacon Bar

The honest truth is that wedding favours often feel impersonal. It usually has to do with time and finances, but working with the rustic theme gives you selections of affordable wedding gifts to consider. A wedding featuring a bacon bar is the best occasion to send off guests with jars of bacon strips. Homemade jars and jams are also wonderful favours.

Pig-shaped coasters and place cards fall in the category of whimsical yet thoughtful gifts. The usuals like burlap baggies containing cookies and candies, handmade soaps, scented candles, and wooden tealight holders are some of the other gifts that align with the rustic theme.

Inspired Elegance (+ a Bacon Bar!)

Sometimes mixing elements and styles are just the perfect way to go, and that’s exactly what the ‘Inspired Elegance’ photo shoot was all about. Ashley, with Ashley’s Creative Catering, had a vision to mix the glam of chandeliers and crystal with the rustic and organic feeling of wood and metal. And, the result? Magical.

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Cigar lounge | Sweet Roots Photography
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Ashley put together a team of North Alabama wedding vendors to create this styled photoshoot that could make anyone feel right at home. From the wooden benches at the reception tables, to the groom’s lounge in a giant tipi with its own Bacon Bar, to the lounge areas with luxe seating, no detail was left out.

Inspired Elegance was created to inspire others to not be afraid of mixing different elements of their wedding, and to focus on bringing in the details that they love the most!”

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Credits: Photography: Sweet Roots Photography // Coordination: Kathleen Bernal Events // Tipi and Furniture: Exchange Vintage // Catering: Ashley’s Creative Catering // Cake: Just Crumbs // Rentals: Shindigs and Such // Florist: Simpson’s Florist // Beauty: The Transformation // Dress Boutique: Ivory & White Boutique // Stationery: Ledgewood Fine Stationery // Model: Francesca Nardone // Jewelry: Donny’s Diamond Gallery // Cigar Lounge: Vintage Cigar Lounge // Venue: Meadow Creek Farms in Alabama.

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