While the wedding day holds out countless highlights to the bride and groom, undoubtedly, the unrivaled point of anticipation for the guests, is the dinner menu. No matter the excitement of the day, how breath-taking the gown or how elegant the setting, what it all really comes down to, is the food. As a guest attending a wedding, you’ve chatted with friends, introduced yourself to strangers, enjoyed the ceremony, and the listened to the speeches of all involved… now it’s time to eat and you’ve earned it!
That’s why most engaged couples today give extra attention to the culinary side of their wedding day. Special onus is placed on this facet of the evening’s events because it will be the common denominator of the day. Everyone will partake and everyone will formulate an opinion. So how can a bride and groom show their desire to set a fine table? What are the trends that have the most impact? And how can a couple keep within a reasonable budget while still hosting a meal to remember?
If you don’t want to take the typical one-meat-and-two-sides approach to dinner, then don’t. Wedding food has evolved from the classic plated meal to a reception filled with innovative food stations and a variety of cuisines options.
Downsize to Minis
Bite-size samplers have become one of the hottest trends in wedding food, from shots of soups to large spoons of savory canapes . You can also serve a sit-down meal with downsized servings, which are bigger than an appetizer but smaller than the usual course serving — it will allow your guests to have more room for more courses.
Dress up traditional comfort foods. Think sliders, gourmet macaroni and cheese or even a mashed potato bar where guests can create their own concoctions of starchy heaven! Classic favorites can add a little whimsy and fun to the traditional.
Giving your guests the option of visiting food stations creates a relaxed and conversational atmosphere. Guests will enjoy the variety and being able to converse with people not seated at their table. From meat carving stations to sushi bars, this can add a really sensory experience to your evening and have guests mingling throughout the night.
These are all the rage right now! Every city has them, every city loves them! Food Trucks are the ultimate late night station, they pull up outside of your reception venue and your guests are treated to all kinds of specialties on their way out!
This can run up the price tag of your wedding if you want to go all-organic. But there are ways to be eco-friendly and stick within a budget. Look to local, seasonal foods as inspiration for your menu. Many caterers are happy to work with what is in season and easy to access from local farmers, suppliers and retailers.
Cut out the Cake
While cutting the wedding cake may be a tradition, don’t let it box you in. Switch it up with multiple types of pies, creme brulees, cupcakes, tarts and cobblers. Or skip baked goods all together and set up a sweet table with an array of goodies that inspire childhood memories of the candy shop!
For more great ideas and to meet the vendors that can make your wedding day visions come to life, be sure to attend;
The 14th Annual Hamilton Halton Fall Wedding Show
Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th, 2011
The Careport Centre, 270 Longwood Road South, Hamilton
The 8th Annual Niagara Autumn Wedding Show
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines