19 April 2010
A few months ago, I had a chance encounter with a fellow bride-to-be who lives in my beloved Ballard neighborhood. We're actually getting married on the same day in June--although our weddings will be two thousand miles apart. She had a lot of beautiful ideas for her ceremony and reception, and by the end of the conversation, I was kind of wishing I could just skip my wedding and go to hers...
One of the most brilliant things she's done is to find a few of her "vendors" at our local farmers' market. Both her "caterer" (a mobile wood-fired pizza operation) and her entertainment (some extra-talented buskers) are regulars at the Sunday market. I was really taken by the idea--I cannot get enough of the market--and now whenever I'm on our weekly shopping trip, I start having fantasies of a "market wedding" of my own.
If you took it to an extreme--and I do adore extremes--you could really do this up. Just imagine: Obviously, you could find your wedding food at the market. You could hit up one of the vendors for prepared meals, or get really nervy and put things together on your own. For starters, I'd recommend some cheeses from Mt. Townsend Creamery, carrot crudites from Nash's, and maybe some wine from Seabreeze...
You could find your flowers here, of course. Plenty of brides have rushed through the market on a Saturday morning--or sent a trusty bridesmaid--to pick up some fresh blooms for the afternoon wedding. Depending on the time of year, you could also go with some seasonal fruits or veggies for centerpieces. Heirloom pumpkins at a fall wedding? Awesome. Martha would totally approve.
When there's space for it, our market also hosts artists and craftspeople, along with the farmers. That means you might be able to find your wedding jewelry here, too. Handmade soaps for your bridesmaids? Check. Jars of gourmet hot sauce for the groomsmen? Yup.
I know, I know. Maybe I'm being a little gimmicky here, but I do think it's a really fun idea. I hope there are brides out there somewhere doing something exactly like this. In fact, I hope that someone is planning a wedding at their neighborhood market. When you get right down to it, my favorite weddings are about food and community, and where better than the farmers' market to celebrate something like that?