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June! Weddings! There was a time when women got married in June so they could get pregnant in summer, have a baby in spring and thus be ready to go back out and work the fields for harvest in the fall.
Whether or not this is your motivation for a June wedding, there’s another less obvious benefit. It might just be the best time of the year to have a full-on food-themed wedding. It’s not too hot or cold to getting married in front of the In-n-Out Cookout Trailer, and there’s little fear of your Dunkin’ Donuts wedding cake melting in the heat.
Dunkin’ Donuts Wedding
Someone at Dunkin’ Donuts Bahamas was thinking outside the morning rush-hour run when he or she created this awesome cake with the local bakery Swiss Pastry Shop. The dessert features tiered towers of 100 glazed Dunkin’ Donuts with a discreet traditional wedding cake on top; boy and girl, bride and groom doughnuts adorn the top. Leftovers will make a phenomenal post-wedding breakfast.
Alternate Doughnut Wedding
Dunkin isn’t the only doughnut maker in the wedding business. Portland, Oregon’s epic spot Voodoo Doughnut has amazing wedding packages. “Still in shock after getting a $1000 quote on a wedding cake?” they ask. “Guests will talk about your amazing doughnut presentation for years to come.” The Deluxe Legal Voodoo Wedding costs $325 and gets you: A Legal Wedding Ceremony, doughnuts and coffee for 40 people, a doughnut centerpiece with the bride and groom’s names on doughnuts, and free parking.
Butcher Shop Wedding
Of course you can have gorgeous weddings in restaurants. Last fall, a meat-loving couple in Chicago went one step further and got married at Publican Quality Meats, the butcher shop from primo chef Paul Kahan. Now, Publican’s website has a special page for “unique and intimate wedding receptions.” They also note that it’s a fine place for bachelor(ette) parties.
If you’re lucky enough to live in select areas of Southern California, In-N-Out can be your wedding caterer. Their monster Cookout Trailer will serve the cult-status burgers on the big day—cheeseburgers and Double-Doubles too. It also makes a stunning backdrop for wedding photos. Be warned that if you want fries, you’ll need a separate vendor; In-N-Out's truck can't make them.
A Tulsa, Oklahoma pair got married at their local Starbucks: It’s the place where they had many of their early dates. Says the couple: "We fell in love over coffee." (As an adorably romantic note, the guy says he wasn't a big coffee drinker – he went there just to hang out with her.) "It was like family," says the bride of the staff at the Starbucks. The traditional father-daughter dance took place in the coffee store’s parking lot.
And the award for the most intense bacon lovers goes to...the couple that got married at the Big Bite Bacon Fest at the San Diego County Fair. The bride carried a bouquet made of bacon roses; the groom wore a bacon boutonniere. A local DJ officiated—he added bacon references to the vows. Guests threw bacon bits instead of rice. Guess what the theme of the wedding cake was? For their honeymoon, the happy couple will head to Baltimore’s Pigtown Festival.
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America’s Best Doughnuts
America’s Best Cured Meats
Incredible Fried Chicken
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Here comes the bride ... and her dietary restrictions
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The bacon thing jumped the shark some time ago. Time to move on.
Well, it's nice to know that some beautiful animals were slaughtered not to feed anyone but to be used as decor for some dumba$$' wedding.
Spot on. What is the fascination with bacon these days? Just inject some lard in your veins and save us their blather.
And if you vegans and vegetarians would kindly skip reading and commenting on meat stories, you could save us carnivores all the blather as well.
If you take away our beautiful animals, we will be forced to eat beautiful people.
June, not too hot? Here in sunny Phoenix, AZ we've been roasting in triple digit temperatures since May!!
In Houston ditto!
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