National Oyster Day - Incorporationg Oysters Into Your Lowcountry Wedding Day

Today is National Oyster Day and in the Lowcountry we seem to incorporate the coastal treat into all aspects of our lives, so it’s no surprise that whether you live in Hilton Head, Savannah, Charleston or Myrtle Beach, oysters make a regular appearance in our wedding day.  Not only will you find the salty favorites as the highlights on our catering menus, but you’ll also see them woven throughout our décor.  As an ode to the oysters, we’re sharing our favorite ways to include these briny delicacies into your Lowcountry weddings!

Image via Joy Thigpen

Image via Joy Thigpen

Whether you like them steamed, fried, raw or Rockefeller, adding oysters to your menu is a must.    In the winter months, we’d suggest a full-on oyster roast for your welcome reception or rehearsal dinner.  It’s casual and laid back and let’s your guests dive into the Lowcountry lifestyle.  In addition to the oysters (we like to buy them local from St. Jude’s Farm) and oyster cooker, there are a few key ingredients you’ll need to complete the puzzle.  For starters, make sure you get your hands on an oyster table or two.  We like this one from EventHaus which comes complete with two large trash cans – perfect for disposing of you shells.  Make sure you have plenty of oyster knives, gloves and oodles of paper towels are available.  Things can get a little messy!  To seal the deal, round out the tables with lemon slices, cocktail sauce, Tabasco, horseradish and saltine crackers.  Oh, and it’s always nice to have a few local brews on ice or even a tasty Bourbon drink for your oyster roast, perhaps a Shoo-fly Punch?

Image via Lindsey Collette Photography

Image via Lindsey Collette Photography

Image via Lindsey Collette Photography

Image via Lindsey Collette Photography

Image via Diana Deaver Photography

Image via Diana Deaver Photography

Image via Diana Deaver Photography

Image via Diana Deaver Photography

 

SERVE THEM UP CHILLED ON A RAW BAR

Image via Riverland Studios

Image via Riverland Studios

Image by Laurel McConnell via Junebug Weddings

Image by Laurel McConnell via Junebug Weddings

For a fun twist, treat your guests to oyster shooters (shots of vodka with horseradish, cocktail sauce, lemon juice and and an oyster)!

Image via Jose Villa

Image via Jose Villa

 

DECOR

Now, when it comes to adding oyster shells to your wedding day décor the possibilities are endless.  From cake toppers and wreaths to place cards and table garlands our mentality is the more the merrier.  Check out a few of our favorite options…

Image via Britt Croft Photography

Image via Britt Croft Photography

Image via sMm Photography

Image via sMm Photography

Image via Graham Terhune

Image via Graham Terhune

Image by Erich McVey via Once Wed

Image by Erich McVey via Once Wed

Image via Britt Croft Photography

Image via Britt Croft Photography

Image via Joy Thigpen

Image via Joy Thigpen

Image via Joy Thigpen

Image via Joy Thigpen