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Wedding Tea and Traditions

These days, it seems that “traditions” are disappearing more and more from modern wedding ceremonies, but what I see is couples embracing and reinterpreting what these traditions mean to them.

As I was just starting my tea business, I began to look back at some events that brought me to this point in my life and of course realized that there was a consecutive theme, you guessed it, tea. It always seemed to be present in one way or another. Some of my life’s most important moments have included this special beverage including my bridal shower and my wedding.

Bridal Shower Teas are a very traditional way to get the Bride, her bridesmaids, and important women in the Bride’s life together for a morning or afternoon of bonding over the cherished beverage. For my Bridal Shower, we served gorgeous glass teapots of blooming teas and sent each lady home with their own glass teapot and blooming tea. You could easily serve pots of tea or cups of iced tea in your fine china or a mix of mismatched cups and saucers from vintage stores.

At my wedding (which took place in Florida) caffeine-free fruit iced tea was served to guests during cocktail hour. I was lucky enough to have a caterer familiar with brewing large quantities of loose leaf tea, so he was able to take on the task of hydrating my wedding guests. It doesn’t hurt to ask, you never know!

A few examples might be a warm cider style tea in the fall, a ginger tea in winter, mint in spring, and fruit teas in the summer. Iced tea is a great idea too; just don’t forget to make sure it’s concentrated so the ice doesn’t dilute your brew.

A final idea for incorporating tea into your wedding is to give it as favors—favors for the wedding party, favors for out-of-town guest bags, and favors for guests as they are leaving your wedding.

For our wedding, I made up individual tea bags of our “wedding blend” tea for guests to take and make at home. It was a great way to share our love for tea with our family and friends.

Do You Tea is now offering a variety of wedding and event services to couples and individuals that want to personalize their events with loose leaf tea. We also just debuted our brand new “Save-the-Date” wedding blend which is basically Vanilla with blue cornflower blossoms (in case you need something blue). From favors to tastings to caterings, Do You Tea wants to help make your wedding day as special as mine was!

Kelley Scruby is the owner of Do You Tea? in Hoboken, New Jersey. As the owner of a small, loose leaf tea business, Kelley is passionate about educating her customers on the benefits that come from drinking loose leaf tea. With a background at a major tea company, she was able to become an expert on the versatility of the beverage and is inspired in her own creations by the changing of the seasons and also desserts. Kelley created Do You Tea? with the confidence that she can help find a tea blend that works for any of her customers’ lifestyle and palate. As Do You Tea? continues to grow, Kelley hosts events and tastings that add a more interactive approach to the expansive world of loose leaf teas. Do You Tea? hopes to have a truck out on the streets of the NYC metro area soon! You are able to purchase her seasonal blends and gift sets online at www.doyoutea.com and follow her on instagram and twitter @doyoutea for updates on tastings and new blends. Please email requests and questions to doyoutea@gmail.com.

The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.