05 Apr Wedding Catering Food Trends for 2015-16
Gone are the days when wedding catering only meant choosing between the humble Chicken, Steak or Fish to satisfy even the most discerning palettes of your wedding guests. Nowadays more and more couples are taking their wedding catering even more seriously with the idea that food and beverages served on their special day are a reflection of their individual personality and styles. Check out some of these creative, fun and trendy wedding catering ideas to jazz up your wedding catering for a light-hearted nuptial fare.
Popsicle Cocktails– Sure to be a crowd pleaser especially for a warm summer’s day wedding outdoors like a beach wedding! With flavours like lavender and orange crème your caterer can whip up some adults-only version for the cocktail hour with your favourite liqueur for a frozen signature drink.
Coffee Desserts– Espresso-spiked Brownies or even Starbucks-inspired coffee dessert drinks like Frappuccino’s piled high with homemade whipped cream is sure to keep your party gusts partying on the dance floor!
Soup Shooters – Cold Gazpacho soup, tomato and basil puree, or even stacks of chopped veggies all garnished with fresh herbs served during the cocktail hour as hors d’oeuvres.
DIY Dessert Stations– Give your guests the chance to customize their own desserts. Set up a marshmallows station near an outside fire pit, or have a waiter serve ice cream and offer a variety of toppings for guests to choose from.
Bubbles Bar– Let your guests play bartender. Ask your wedding caterer to assemble a display at cocktail hour with your drink of choice, the requisite glassware, spirits and any special mix-ins. Or even a soda bar with a variety of flavoured syrups so guests can make their own coffee-vanilla-flavoured Coke.
Take Home Cake Box– Work with your wedding caterer and offer guests a slice of the wedding cake that they can take home. It’s a great idea for out-of-towners who may want a midnight snack in their hotel room.
His and Hers Drinks– Whilst every wedding traditionally has a signature drink, but why just choose one?! Work with your caterer to create special signature drinks. Brides often choose a Champagne-based classic like the French 75, while the guys choose a Manhattan or old fashioned.
Eco Menus– Eco menus are big news in wedding catering as words such as organic, sustainable, free trade, seasonal, and locally produced, become popular in foodie circles. Decide which of these aspects of an eco-menu are most important to you and have your caterer base the menu on those.
Strolling Chef Stations– Have a raw bar with a chef shucking oysters or a chef that rolls around to each table and prepares sushi right in front of your guests.
Tasting menus– Very fashionable trend in wedding catering, your guests are served with up to ten different mini courses, usually of fairly exotic foods, to allow them to taste a variety of dishes. If you can afford it, try to serve a different complementary wine with each dish. For a sophisticated, black-tie wedding, this is sure to be a crowd favourite!
Table Picnics– Table picnics are becoming an increasingly popular wedding trend especially for laid-back country garden style weddings, with long tables with hay bales for seats. Each table is given a picnic hamper filled with deli style eats, fresh bread, cold meats, cheeses and sweet treats – the hampers can be personalised for each table ensuring guests with dietary requirements can be catered for.
Late Night Snacks- Your guests will work up an appetite after a night full of dancing. Pass savoury or sweet easy to eat favourites to your hungry partiers – think sliders, tacos, French fries, or even ginger beer floats!
Hope you like our take on the Wedding Catering trends for 2016. If you are planning a wedding and are looking for a Wedding Catering team who could make your special day nothing short of spectacular then be sure to get in touch with Top Cat Catering. We are a passionate team of Wedding Planners, Stylists and Chef’s with more than 3 decades of experience in the Industry. We hold exclusive rights to one of Sydney’s most iconic Wedding Reception Venue, Horizons at the South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club, a venue perfect for indoor or outdoor weddings. The venue located at the iconic Maroubra beach and boasts of panoramic views of the ocean. Get in touch with our team to find out more about this spectacular wedding venue.