4 Top Wedding Food Trends for 2013

One important factor to planning a wedding is to what food is going to be served at the reception. This process will make brides ask different questions to the type of menu they are going to serve, if it is going to be a seated dinner or buffet, down to the choices of desserts. They will also have to plan the different needs of their guests such as the type of food suited to a guest who is a vegetarian, or a guest who does not eat a specific type of food because of some religious or personal reasons. And, on top of that, they will also have to think on how they can make the reception menu personal to their own taste. Couples will have to think of how they can make their menu creative while bringing comfort, happiness and style.

The Latest Trend in Food Menu

1. Seated Dinners. Seated dinners is the trend for this year for couples who are aiming to just invite a couple of their good and close family and friends so that they can concentrate on the value of the menu. More and more couples are trimming down their guest list to create a more intimate, elegant seated option where they can serve a multi-course meal without thinking of the cost. And, while the bridal party is still busy taking their photos, they can serve guests with hors d’ oeuvres such as:

  • Shrimp shooters with cocktail sauce
  • Mini margaritas and mini tacos
  • Sausage meatballs
  • Buffalo chicken wings
  • Seared tuna on wonton crisp
  • Pizza muffins with marinara dipping sauce

For the seated dinner menu, couples have the option of choosing a menu that will also reflect them. For instance, a couple with an Italian heritage can choose an Italian salad, seasonal ravioli and grilled lobster. This is also the same for couples who have a Mexican heritage or even for couples who just want to create their own menu.

2. Food Bars. For couples who want to skip the seated dinners and want to invite more of their friends and family, they are opting for buffets and food bars where guests can choose about the food that they eat. The possibilities of creating their own menu when it comes to food bars are endless. Popular food bars are:

  • Mini taco bars
  • Asian stations
  • Meatballs
  • Fruit with cheese
  • Vegan options
  • Fish taco bars

The creativity involved in making these bars are what makes them more popular. Foods are not just served in big platters where guests will just scoop in, but most of them are craftily created where guests are tempted to try most of them. Tomato soup in mini glasses and grilled cheese bars are alluring to try, just like these popular mashed potato martini glasses with the choices of toppings such as bacon, sour cream, butter, and chives.

3. Late-night Snacks. Guests are now given an added surprise by not letting them go home yet without them enjoying a late snack with the newlyweds. Fish and chips wrapped around a newspaper, or a mini grilled cheese and sliders together with beer shooters that will definitely make any guests stay for more. Late night snack food trends are:

  • Ice cream sandwich bars
  • Wood-burning pizzas
  • Mini burgers and beers
  • Fish and chips

4. Dessert Bars. Dessert bars has been a constant attraction this year and there are so many options to choose from when it comes to choosing the right sweets. They can easily choose, depending on their personal preferences and their dietary restrictions. Here are just some of the most popular trends for desserts:

  • Gourmet doughnuts
  • Classic cupcakes
  • S’mores
  • Sundae parlor