Last week we talked about the five must-see style trends taking the wedding industry by storm this season, but what would a wedding be without great food?
Here are the top wedding food trends that brides and grooms should pay attention to.
1. Family Style
Considering a buffet? Scratch it! Family style dining is the new casual dining solution. Although a small wait staff is still needed to serve your meal, family style eating is less expensive than individually plated meals, provides a casual, inclusive atmosphere and your guests get to skip the buffet line. You’ll get to choose a few of your favourite dishes to serve to your guests and they’ll get to take what they want and leave what they don’t, a win win in our book!
2. Tasting Stations
Looking to skip the sit-down thing altogether? Tasting stations are a great solution and just happen to be oh-so-trendy right now. Think mac & cheese in one corner, make your own tacos in another, a food truck at the curb and a donut bar for dessert. Tasting stations are perfect for the couple who prefer a cocktail style reception but still want to feed their guests substantially and provide something a little different for them to do while they’re there.
We’re sure you’ve heard about farm-to-table fare by now, it has been buzzing around the foodie world for a while after all, but have you considered this approach for your wedding cuisine? If you like fresh, local, in-season foods (and who doesn’t?), farm-to-table is for you. This approach is perfect for an outdoor Summer wedding at a farm or in your own backyard.
4. Mini Everything
They say bigger is better, but that’s certainly not the case when it comes to your wedding menu. Plus, we think food looks so much better in small packages. Why eat an entire burger when you can have a mini one and then move on to a shepherd’s pie in a mason jar followed by fish and chips in a newspaper cone? The mini food idea mirrors that of tasting stations, however it takes a less ‘made in the moment’ approach and can either be self or wait staff served. This option definitely leaves a lot of room to be creative and play with your food. Shhh…don’t tell mom!
5. Craft Beer
The craft beer craze has earned beer a new level of respect, moving it from the sports bar to the dining room. Gone are the days of only needing to worry about having the perfect red and white wine on your wedding menu, you now need to consider the beer connoisseur as well. And don’t think you can stop at what’s on tap; locally-brewed beers are the star of the show and we think add a lot of personality and ‘cool factor’ to any event.