Not Your Mother’s Wedding Reception

Snacks on banquet tableToday’s catering options can give you the special day you deserve

No longer narrowly defined—and no longer solely the dominion of parents and in-laws—the menu choices for wedding receptions have never been more bountiful and thrilling. You and your spouse-to-be can treat yourselves and your guests to fare that reflects your unique personal style—and taste.

Here are five wedding reception trends you should know about:

  1. Brunch—Couples consider brunch options for two reasons. First, a daytime affair can be more cost-effective than evening. Second, even if the wedding reception is in the evening, breakfast foods offer a tasty alternative to the traditional buffet or sit-down dinner. A brunch-themed reception, either as a true wedding breakfast or an evening affair, could include:
    • Omelet stations
    • Pancakes
    • Mimosas and Bloody Marys
    • Biscuit bars
    • Waffle bars 
  2. Organic local foods—Farm-to-table trends have infiltrated the catering world and weddings. We’ve seen our clients take advantage of the locally-sourced produce and proteins. Why? The food tastes better. If you desire fresh fish, consider ahi tuna, salmon, Pacific rock cod, or tilapia. Apples, plums, plouts, peaches, strawberries, and blueberries always pop with flavor when locally sourced. The same applies to free-range poultry and grain-fed beef and pork. Options also include, of course, vegetables and dairy. 
  3. Hands-on food experience—Get your guests engaged with their food with an assortment of do-it-yourself, ingredient-building bars or chef stations. Shuck your own oysters, crack open that crab or lobster, choose the fillings for your crepe, or style your own guacamole—as just a few examples of the possibilities. 
  4. Food trucks—There’s no doubt about it: Food trucks are hot, hot, hot. They are a natural choice for outdoor affairs, because the truck can come directly onto your wedding reception grounds.  Share your favorites—ice cream or other fun foods—with your guests. 
  5. Reinvented classics—Cherish old memories and create new ones through interpreted versions of childhood favorites and classic dishes. You’ve got options your mother didn’t have at her wedding. Entertain your guests with upscale versions of heirloom recipes passed from generation to generation on both the groom’s and the bride’s side of the family: mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, or maybe ethnic favorites like lasagna, moussaka, sauerbraten, brisket—comfort foods that can bring joy to your event and your palates. 

Feel free to combine trends. Above all else, the culinary experience you create for your family and friends should be flavorful, memorable, and reflect you as a couple. And the foods you choose should make you happy.