4 Best Wedding Catering Trends Of 2018

By LittleWolf and Maria Yeonhee Ji

Weddings come and go but the memories of exceptional food are forever. This year’s biggest catering trends revolve around combining the perfect gustatory experience to hit that sweet spot (or tooth) with thoughtful and/or personalised details. You don’t need to have a cornucopia of foodstuffs dripping off a row of tables or blow your budget on six different main options to impress; this year’s catering trends are all about minimalist catering flourishes that will make your guests’ mouths water whenever they think back to your wedding day.

1/ PETIT FOURS TO ACCOMPANY THE CAKE

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that cake makes every celebration better. Unfortunately, not every guest - for a variety of reasons - will want to consume your thoughtfully chosen gateau. This is why serving petit fours alongside the cake is a brilliant idea - they’re a blissful bite for guests whose confection of choice isn’t cake and a delightful something extra for those who have finished their sliced already. You can set them up on a dessert station or have servers take them around, but either way, petit fours are ideal for nibbling on at receptions because they won’t hold you back from busting your best moves on the dance floor. 


2/ COCKTAIL HOUR

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Choose a time during the night for a “cocktail” hour when you can serve you and your partner’s go-to drinks - and an option inspired by your pet too, which can be a cute way of including them in your celebrations). Or if you don’t have a go-to, you could have a new signature drink specially designed (make sure to save the recipe so you can have the same drink to celebrate anniversaries in the future). If you’ve taken a ‘the more the merrier’ approach with your guest list, get your cocktails premade and set-up in drink dispensers on the bar for self-service for a budget-friendly approach to providing alcohol. 

3/ BESPOKE MENUS

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Instead of menus full of arbitrarily chosen food, more couples are going bespoke with their choices so that the meal tells their story and reflects their personality. If sustainability is a major part of your ethos, for example, use your reception dinner as an opportunity to share with your guests a vegan experience that illustrates you don’t need meat for fine dining. Or maybe fine dining isn’t really your style and a more down-to-earth option of burgers and sliders is the way you’d rather go. 

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Another way to personalise your menus is to have options from places you have travelled together as a couple. Not only is this a sweet way of sharing your history with your guests, it’ll give them things to discuss over dinner to help break the ice (and maybe fill them with a bit of wanderlust as well as some exciting international foods). 

4/ CHAMPAGNE POPSICLES/FROSE

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There’s no catering flourish that will evoke as much excitement among your guests as champagne popsicles (or alternatively frozen rosé). Freeze fruit slices into the popsicles for a more colourful, photogenic treat. It’s perfect particularly for weddings held in the hot summer, as they’ll help cool down your adult guests and keep them going for longer on the dance floor.  


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