Bread & Chocolate's Guide to Goshen


Welcome to the beautiful city that we love! We want guests of Bread & Chocolate to enjoy this city just as much as we do, so we’ve compiled a list of places we love to frequent that are unique to Goshen.

FOOD + DRINK

Venturi
Certified Neapolitan pizza and voted in the top 15 most life changing pizza by Esquire Magazine readers - we couldn't agree more. 

Maple Indiana Cuisine
Delicious Indian dishes with fresh ingredients. 

Kelly Jae’s Cafe
Tapas restaurant which is actually located where Bread & Chocolate had their first storefront.

Goshen Brewing Co.
Handcrafted beer and food that is all locally and organically sourced. They have a great outdoor space so if you're here in the summer, be sure to keep an eye out for their concerts and outdoor movie nights. 

Common Spirits
Craft cocktail bar that has fresh, unique twists on classic favorites.

Anna’s Bread
Organic bakery specializing in woodfired sourdoughs and croissants.

Los Primos
A Chipotle style restaurant.

South Side Soda Shop
A classic 50's style diner complete with favorite home cooked recipes. 

Electric Brew
Goshen's original coffeehouse.

The Chief
A summer staple in Goshen, expect long lines but creamy, delicious hand dipped ice cream.

Dutch Maid Bakery
Enjoy a wide variety of assorted pastries made with the

Constant Spring
A restaurant featuring locally sourced ingredients.

PARKS + RECREATION

Ignition Garage
Record store with regular live music shows on their stage.

Pumpkinvine Trail
A trail connecting many communities, it's a great place to take a stroll, either on foot or wheels.

The Bubble
A building with bubble shaped window containing LOL Health & Fitness, Embody Massage and Spacious Heart Yoga.

Goshen College
A beautiful campus to experience.

Goshen Farmer’s Market
Locally sourced produce and goods.

Fidler's Pond
A beautiful park with kayak and canoe rentals.

Kercher's Sunrise Orchard
Family owned and farmed since 1922.

SHOPPING

Soapy Gnome
Handcrafted soap with fresh ingredients.

Reverie
Yarn, decor and gifts located right on Main Street.

Ten Thousand Villages
Unique, Fair trade gifts from all over the world.

Flowers by Phoebe
Locally grown flowers.

Goertzen Pottery
Beautifully hand crafted pottery located on the first floor of the Old Bag Factory.

The Nut Shoppe
Specializes in hand dipped chocolates.

Found
Fair trade art and antiques from all over the world. 

 

As you can see, there is plenty to do around our town! To learn more about the town that we adore, please visit Good of Goshen

 

Assigned Seating


Photo by Cory + Jackie. Styling and planning by Stellaluna Events.

Photo by Cory + Jackie. Styling and planning by Stellaluna Events.

One question that we often get is whether or not clients should do assigned seating. Our answer is always yes! As with most decisions when it comes to wedding planning, we acknowledge that it's a personal and if you opt not to, that's fine too. We know that assigned seating creates a bit more work for you ahead of the wedding, but it's definitely worth it. This is one of those last minute details that must get done as you often don't know your final RSVP count until about a month before the big day, but not one to overlook. 

So, why do assigned seating? We often hear from guests that it's comforting to know that there is a certain spot for them to sit. This is especially true to guests who might now know that many people at the wedding and finding their own seats can be overwhelming and quite frankly, awkward. The other thing that we've seen happen is that, inevitably, not every table gets filled to capacity so there might be 1 empty seat at every table, and then a family of 5 comes in and we either have to set up an extra table for them to sit at (so awkward!) or the family has to split up between tables. We've seen both of these scenarios happen quite often, and trust us, it is not ideal. Plus, how cute are all of these seating displays?!

Photo by Bekah Taylor.

Photo by Bekah Taylor.

Again, we know that creating a seating assignment can be a daunting task, but it definitely pays off in the end and your guests (and catering staff!) will thank you. So, grab a glass of wine with your fiance and make it as fun as you can! 

Photo taken by staff member.

Photo taken by staff member.

Photo by Ashley Dru.

Photo by Ashley Dru.

First Look


Photo by Bekah Taylor.

Photo by Bekah Taylor.

While we understand that waiting to see your bride and/or groom until the ceremony is tradition, we can't stress enough how great a first look can be! We understand that this is a personal choice, but there are so many benefits to a first look. We’ve often heard couples comment on how meaningful it was to have a moment that was just theirs and how this allowed their true emotions to show. Trust us, it’ll still be magical when you walk down the aisle no matter how many times you see each other beforehand.

As stated above, doing a first look has many benefits:

  • It can ease pre-wedding jitters, couples often don’t feel quite as nervous before the ceremony as not seeing each other can add a great deal of pressure.
  • It is a special, intimate moment between you and your fiancé. A first look will allow your true emotions to show as there’s no pressure of an audience watching.
  • It will allow you to take all of your pictures before the ceremony, meaning that you don’t have to miss out on your reception due to taking pictures. The biggest complaint we hear from guests is that they often have to wait over an hour after the ceremony while the couple is off taking their pictures. You have put so much time and effort into the day, spend as much time as possible with your guests and at the party. You are missing out on a lot of valuable time by spending so much time taking pictures after the ceremony.
  • You will be able to spend even more time with your soon-to-be-spouse on your wedding day. The day is all about you and it goes by in the blink of an eye, why not make the most of the day and spend those extra few hours together.
  • The pictures are amazing!
  • You will have more time to get the pictures that you want. When couples wait to take all of their pictures after the ceremony, they are often stressed and strapped for time and find that they don’t have nearly as much time as they’d hope. Taking all of your pictures before the ceremony will allow for a much more relaxed reception and often better pictures.
Photo by Ashley Dru.

Photo by Ashley Dru.

Hear it from Eleny, a Bread & Chocolate bride who was married in April 2015: “My advice for a first look would be to keep it private. We decided to have our photographer and videographer capture the moment, but we didn't want anyone else there. We wanted it to be a time between us where we could just be ourselves and have a private moment before the day got even crazier. By having a first look, we were able to spend a few minutes with one another which would have been difficult after the ceremony. We also were able to get pictures done before the ceremony to allow us to spend more time with our guests at our reception! Some say it ruins the moment of walking down the aisle, but we both still got emotional when I walked down.” Check out Kyle's super sweet reaction to seeing his bride for the first time...

So sweet! Photo by Josef Samuel Photography.

So sweet! Photo by Josef Samuel Photography.

We’ve often heard that no matter how many times you see each other before the wedding, it’s still a special moment to see each other for the first time during the ceremony. We know that it is a personal choice whether or not to do a first look; however, we highly recommend doing a first look. We haven’t had a couple regret doing it!

Photo by Ashley Dru.

Photo by Ashley Dru.