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German Summer Wedding Ideas

Claire Dobson Photography

What do you get when you add pretzels, sausages, beer, family, friends, deer horns, and a traditional German dirndl dress? A Bierfest! This delightful event took place on a summer day in Sonoma California! This amazing Bierfest is full of fun and darling details that you can easily incorporate into your own wedding festivities. Get a taste of even more German summer wedding ideas in the full gallery here, captured by Claire Dobson Photography.


making floral crowns

daisy floral crowns

diy German bierfest decor ideas

We gathered inspiration from our family and German heritage that lies dear to our heart. Leading up to the party we created lots of easy DIY crafts to make one of a kind décor! Blue and white ribbon chandeliers symbolized the traditional décor that hangs in the bier gardens, like the highly popular Hofbräuhaus in Munich Germany. Guests were seated at authentic bier garden tables from Germany, which we decorated with faux fur for a modern touch. The tablescape was meant to be simple and minimal as these skinny German bier garden tables are meant to hold large beer mugs, pretzels and lots of people. Empty beer bottles served as candleholders to add height to the table. 

ribbon chandeliers and beer bottle candle holders

german summer wedding ideas

german bierfest food bar

little jar food label ideas

bierfest menu ideas

Our buffet table served as a focal point and was eager to be opened as the beer started flowing! We had sausages, pretzels, various mustards, sauerkraut, radishes, traditional dips and spreads. The front of the buffet was decorated with faux cookies made out of wood and puffy paint. These giant hearts can be bought at Oktoberfest and gifted to a “Schatzi” or sweetheart as a token of your love. The bar area was decorated with more traditional items such as bier “krugs” marked with the family crest from our Grandfather who once owned a beer brewing company. We added a few quirky elements like two mini bathtubs that we filled with ice and beer bottles.

beer bar ideas

beer cart

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