Weddings are an expression of the bride and groom’s personal tastes, and that’s especially true when it comes to the food. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that many couples are now opting for wedding dishes that are more authentic to their own food preferences. That often translates to meals that are more casual, more down-to-earth and more fun! Read on for 6 popular food offerings and trends that we’re happy to be seeing at weddings.
A barbeque meal is pretty much the opposite of the buttoned-down filet mignon and salmon typically served at a wedding. But why be typical when you’re going for downright delicious? Barbeque also lends well to another modern wedding trend we’ve been seeing—wedding parties in rustic barns. A barbeque won’t be amiss if you serve it followed by a hoedown or square dance lesson (another wedding trend!). This easy-going kind of food is a crowd pleaser if your guests are hearty eaters. It also means serving up some of the best comforting sides—mac and cheese, coleslaw, potato salad and cornbread!
We like any dinner banquet served family style, as it’s often a good way for guests to interact. We’ve seen weddings where one guest from each table has the honors to carve a roast (be sure to gift them with a personalized apron!). It’s fun and interactive and gets people in a convivial mood. Sharing platters are also in vogue; millennial couples are hip to tapas, Asian food, and mezze—all cuisines that embrace family-style eating.
For an afternoon wedding, tacos for lunch is kind of the perfect meal for a fuss-free bride and groom. Tacos are now so ubiquitous that it’s easy to track down a caterer that can make a taco to any specification—from traditional grilled and stewed meat tacos with all the fixings to elegant tacos with high-end ingredients like foie gras or uni. Just make sure you also have plenty of chips and guacamole!
Many modern brides and grooms are mindful of the environmental costs of throwing a huge party and of the dietary restrictions of their friends and relatives. A vegan or vegetarian buffet is one way to keep everyone happy and well fed. Consider a meatless buffet of vegetable samosas, pakoras, Indian curries and fluffy naan breads. A Middle Eastern mezze of fresh salads, baba ganoush, hummus, falafel and stuffed grape leaves isn’t only healthful, but delicious. And now that palates have become more sophisticated and adventurous, guests won’t be shocked if the bride and groom choose a cuisine that holds some kind of significance to them—say their first backpacking trip together to India or a summer spent in Tel Aviv. It’s also a nice touch to explain the relevance of the meal on the menu or table plan.
When there’s a lot of drinking at a wedding, it usually means people will want a snack later in the evening. A food truck is especially welcome for a little midnight snack. Think of a truck that serves out pizza or grilled cheese. Yes please! Think of street foods like kebabs, stir-fried noodles, and even fried chicken—you get the idea!
Dessert tables have been around for ages, but we love the creativity that we’ve seen lately: macaron towers, ice cream stations and donuts. Especially fun are DIY dessert tables where the couple asks their nearest and dearest to bring a signature cake or dessert. Not only does this add a personal touch, but it can be a real honor to be involved in the wedding festivities.