Become a Top Wedding Planner – Learn from the Picnic Wedding Theme on “My Fair Wedding”


Even if your bride wants a traditional church wedding, she may want a reception that expresses the fun-loving, casual side of herself and her fiance.

Celebrity wedding planner David Tutera had a bride like this in a recent episode of his television show, “My Fair Wedding.” The bride’s theme was “Barbecue Picnic” and, according to David, she had done the best job he had ever seen of creating details for her red and white picnic wedding reception. He used her ideas and just enhanced them when he designed her wedding reception.

David set up the “picnic” in the backlot of a Hollywood studio.

Tip – a wedding “picnic” doesn’t have to be in a park, think about other venues, including indoor possibilities, that can be staged to look like a picnic.


 Centerpieces were small bushels of apples, Mason jars with flowers, votive candles, and whitewashed lanterns.

Menus were printed on chalkboards.


Linens were red and red and white checked gingham.

The cake had a white picket fence design and was was presented on the back of a shiny red pickup truck instead of a cake table. The cake was made by NancyKay Confections.

The photo at the top is of the couple leaving the ceremony for the reception in a vintage firetruck (the groom is a fireman).

Tip –  with this theme, a limo would have been out-of-place, don’t overlook vintage cars as a mode of transportation for the bride and groom if it fits with the theme.

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