Published: Friday, Jan. 21st, 2022
Colorful wedges of herbed Chèvre and Comté, Cantal and Edam, Mimolette and Emmentaler, decorated with seasonal fruits, figs and citrus, sprigs of rosemary and lavender, and colorful edible flowers…
The first time you see a cheese wheel wedding cake, you might think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Or, at least to Paris.
Cheese wedding cakes make a perfect centerpiece for a charcuterie table during an after-ceremony cocktail hour, and a delicious savory alternative to the typical overly-sweet wedding fare.
But you don’t have to wait until the ceremony’s over to cheese up your wedding day.
For true fromage fanatics, the cheese theme can be spread throughout the day, from the venue and decor to the wedding vows and final blessing.
More cheese wedding cakes please.
Couples have more choices in creative wedding venues than ever before! Marry at your favorite creamery or dairy farm, or find a local cheesemaker, restaurant, or deli to host your delicious event.
The French Cheese Board hosts cheese-chic events in New York’s SoHo, including this all-inclusive Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony and reception.
The Cellar at Beecher’s (as in Beecher’s Handmade Cheese) offers private dining and drinks in the heart of New York City's Flatiron District. (You might even be able to take a peek at their kitchen and cheese cave while you’re there!)
For those on the West Coast, The Beecher’s Loft is nestled above their beloved cheese kitchen in Pike Place Market and offers open-air seating and breathtaking views of the Puget Sound.
Find a slice of rustic charm at Baetje Farms, known for artisanal goat cheeses and elegant wedding packages hosted in their creamery in Bloomsdale, Missouri, in the company of adorable baby goats.
Or at Finger Lakes Farm, home of Muranda Cheese Company and a gorgeous wedding barn and grounds in Waterloo, New York.
…Along with countless other farms and venues around the country.
More cheesecakes, too...
Weddings can be as serious or lighthearted as you want them to be, so don’t hesitate to give your guests a taste of your silly side – with cheese puns!
Ask your wedding officiant to find creative ways to work cheese into a custom ceremony script. If a friend or family member gets ordained to officiate for you, even better; they’ll already appreciate your sense of humor.
Add something special to the welcome or invocation:
“Praise Cheeses! We’re gathered here today to celebrate the marriage of these two beautiful people, Josh and Heather.”
Or to the final blessing and pronouncement:
“In life, we cannot provolone, ricotta get through it together. Josh and Heather, may the two of you find comfort, strength, joy, and endless amusement in each other as you walk this wonderful path as husband and wife. With all the love in my heart, I pronounce you married. You may kiss!”
Name-drop a few of your favorite cheeses during your wedding vows for a memorable exchange:
“For better, for worse, in gouda times and bad… Will you brie mine forever?”
“Heather, when I think of a life without you by my side, as my partner, my best friend, and my love, I camembert it. I promise to be your faithful, loving husband, today and always.”
Is there anything prettier than cheese and peonies?
Unity rituals are wonderfully versatile and can be mixed and matched, or crafted from scratch, to suit your personal style.
If you and your sweetheart are sentimental softies, choose your favorite soft cheese from a place you’ve visited together, and spread some on a cracker for a unity ceremony snack.
Homemade ricotta is one of the simplest cheeses to master. The night before your ceremony, make a fresh batch to spread onto a bite of bread during a unity ritual as a testament to your teamwork. After the ceremony, share some with guests, along with a recipe card as a unique wedding favor.
Great love just feels right, just like a tomato and cheese sandwich! Put your own personal twist on the unity sandwich by stacking slices of your favorite cheeses, topped with a slice of fresh tomato. Add a few leaves of sweet basil – known to symbolize love, romance, and ‘good wishes’ during the Victorian era, and happy courtship in Italian folklore.
Cut the cheese (cake) during the ceremony instead of saving it for the reception and share a bite alongside a traditional wine toast. A thinly layered cheesecake or a stack of small soft cheeses works best for this ritual, so save your favorite hard cheeses for later.
Congrats on your wedding!
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