Crudités are a tried-and-true cocktail-hour staple, but instead of serving carrot and celery sticks on a basic (boring!) platter, it's time to step up your veggie game. Here are six elegant and unexpected ways to display vegetables during cocktail hour — incorporate one of these ideas at your wedding and chances are it'll be the chicest crudité display your guests have ever seen.
Vintage Wood Crates (above): Repurpose old wooden crates and boxes to create a rustic-yet-elegant hors d'oeuvres table where guests can help themselves.
Photo: Ray Kang
Library Card Catalog: This couple had the clever idea to turn a vintage card-catalog draws into a creative self-serve crudité display.
Photo: Aaron Snow Photography
Crudités Skewers: Serving guests fresh veggies on individual skewers is a fun and whimsical twist on the traditional crudité platter.
Farmers Market Display: If you and your groom are big foodies and cooks, have your caterer create a bountiful fresh-vegetable station designed to resemble your favorite farmers market stand.
Photo: Laura Ivanova Photography
Shot Glasses: During cocktail hour, have waiters pass out individual portions of sliced veggies and dip served in easy-to-eat shot glasses.
Photo: The Mullers
Baskets & Pails: If you're hosting a more casual celebration, designate a cocktail-hour table for crudités and display the different veggies in assorted woven baskets and pails.