It is so exciting helping with weddings in the 21st century. Americans should be proud of their new passions and ideas that we are experiencing lately. Trendy weddings can be enjoyed without breaking the bank. You can also have a more humane event and even help charities at the same time.

Sedona Humane Society

Humane Society of Sedona

I helped with a wedding last month that donated money to an animal rescue group in lieu of wedding favors. Everyone received a personal photograph with an image of a rescued dog stating that a donation was made on their behalf. People were touched and really felt that they contributed to a great cause.

With this day and age of people trying to eat healthy and be animal conscious, many couples are holding vegetarian weddings. They are throwing away the silk dresses and going with a more friendly fabric. For great wedding ideas visit My Big Fat Vegan Wedding on the PETA Website.

Amy Cook had an elegant wedding with an amazing dress and the wedding was just like she had dreamed. Check out her menu:

Centerpieces:

  • Lime-Marinated Fried Plantains
  • Modern Balsamic Grilled Portobello
  • Pan-Seared Tofu with Smoked Sea Salt
  • Vegetable Etouffee

Vegetables:

  • Grilled Chayote Squash
  • Sauteed Herb “Oyster” Mushrooms
  • Baby Green Bundles
  • Chili-Glazed Avodadoes

Pairings:

  • Organic Creole Polenta
  • Israeli Couscous with Mission Figs and Caramelized Pears
  • Exotic Beans

Sauces:

  • Black-Bean and Cilantro Coulis
  • Port Wine Reduction
  • Roasted Papedo-Pepper Coulis
3 Tiered Vegan Cake by Donna Joy - Sedona Sweet Arts

3 Tiered Vegan Cake by Donna Joy - Sedona Sweet Arts

 The vegan cake was to die for. Here in Sedona, we are lucky to have Sedona Sweet Arts. Donna Joy can create an amazing vegan cake that tastes like heaven. You can now also order gluten-free cakes for special dietary needs.

Bridal Couple at Tlaquepaque - Photo by Sierra Blanco Photography

Bridal Couple at Tlaquepaque - Photo by Sierra Blanco Photography

Have the kind of wedding you have dreamed of!  As they say, have it your way!

If anyone has any fun ideas, please share them with us. I’m glad we are living in the 21st century.

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