Sure, picturesque views and rustic barns or a hayfield can give a Vermont flavor to a wedding. And, increasingly, so can flannel.
Couples can give their weddings a unique look by mining the world of flannel, choosing from a rainbow of plaid patterns for wedding-related needs.
And they don’t have to settle for what they can find in stores and online.
“If you can dream it,” Vermont Flannel Co. can do it, said Emily Hoffman, a graphic artist with the company, which is based in East Barre and has stores in Johnson, Burlington, Ferrisburgh and Woodstock.
“We are definitely looking to do more weddings. They are a lot of fun to do,” Hoffman said.
There is no shortage of Vermont sources for flannel clothing, but perhaps no business has the range of flannel items as Vermont Flannel.
It offers flannel wedding favors for guests, accessories and clothing for the bride and groom, and accent decorative pieces that add a Vermont twist to virtually anything.
For the guests:
One bride’s father spent $8,000 to deck out guests in Vermont Flannel Co. pajamas, robes and sleepover accessories for a pajama party the night before the wedding at the Woodstock Inn.
Vermont summers are beautiful, but nights can get chilly. Flannel blankets can keep wedding guests warm. Plus, they’ll come in handy when the leaves change color and winter looms.
Other wedding favors include flannel hats, headbands, scarves, or flannel tote bags, wine sleeves and beer growler bags.
For the groomsmen:
Going for the “woodsman” look? Check out flannel bow ties, pocket squares, vests or shirts. And, hopefully invisible but certainly cozy, flannel boxers.
For the bridal party:
Want to walk down the aisle with a piece of your favorite flannel? Wrap the bouquet in a strip of flannel, or stitch it into the dress.
To flavor the getting-ready photos, think of monogrammed flannel shirts and leggings for the bridal party. And button-down flannel shirts are easy to take off without smudging makeup or snagging an ornate coiffure.
To fight off goose bumps, it’s easy to throw a flannel shirt over the dresses of the bride and bridal party. And wouldn’t that make a great Vermonty photo?
And there’s more. For instance, Hoffman says, “Vongs — Vermont thongs — make a funny but usable gift for the right person.” Vermont Flannel even sells the teal, pink and black “Vermont’s Secret” pattern.
For the venue:
Some Vermont venues have their own Vermont-themed decorative items. For instance, Vermont Flannel made table runners for Stowe Mountain Lodge.
Flannel strips tied around mason jars with flowers as centerpieces, or flannel-accented place settings can extend the rustic theme.
Want to keep drinks warm or cold? Flannel koozies or coffee-cup sleeves will work.
Wedding venue with a side of flannel? Vermont Flannel Co. rents out the fields next to its Ferrisburgh shop right off Route 7.
“In terms of picturesque Vermont scenery, it’s a fun and accessible place,” Hoffman said. “And you can get your flannel there” if you need something last-minute.