One of Chelsea Doebler’s fondest memories from high school is heading to the local Sonic Drive-In after school and sharing Vanilla Cokes with her boyfriend Daniel.
So as she and Daniel started planning their marriage years
later, it was a natural fit to weave a
“I’m a huge
As the big day neared in the summer of 2012, Chelsea and her mother, Linda
Davidson, collected Coke bottle caps and gave them to the florist to weave into
sunflower arrangements and wedding-party boutonnieres. They tracked down
old-fashioned Coke glasses to give to guests as favors.
And Chelsea and Dan
“We just loved the idea of having an old-time vintage feel
to the wedding, of making it feel like simpler times,” she said.
While social networking sites like Pinterest
are filled with creative ideas for
A 1939 Ladies' Home
Journal ad shows a tiara-bedecked bride holding an armful of calla lilies
in one arm as she prepares to take a sip from a bottle of Coke below the
slogan, "There's always a moment for the pause that refreshes."
Calendars from the 1950s and 1960s featured a smiling bride in traditional
dress accepting a bottle of
"It starts with the basic premise of
The idea for a
Hosting a do-it-yourself Coke float bar and using glass-bottle Cokes tied with red-and-white baker's string as favors or seat assignments are other fun touches, Warwick added.
Other event planners suggest starting with the color of
Coca-Cola red and letting one's imaginations run from there. A blog created by South Africa's largest wedding directory
urges couples to play around with Coke's signature red-and-white color palette:
"This bright and joyous colour combination has so much to offer in terms
of flower options, dessert table goodies (cherries, candy canes) and festive
decor (streamers, Chinese lanterns)."
Courtney and Heath Cline's wedding celebrated the groom's roots as a
Courtney and Heath Cline didn’t exactly set out to throw a
wedding with a
Heath started collecting
“I began gathering his expired
On the big day last fall, Courtney's all-red bridal bouquet featured local dahlias, cabbage roses, Red Mikado spray roses, mini calla lilies, and orchids. Red napkins urged guests to “Eat. Drink. Be Married,” and glass containers of red-and-white straws were strategically placed near the drinks. They were even able to borrow a vintage replica ice tub from the convenience store, which Heath's dad still runs, and fill it with ice and frosty bottles of Coke.
"It happened to be 96 degrees in October, so they proved to be a big hit," Heath said. "It was a unique extra touch that put a smile on our guests' faces while celebrating our special day."