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20 Wedding Food Trends You’ll See in 2017

29 Sep 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Gone are the days of run-of-the-mill reception hall caterers! In lieu of choosing from a selection of basic surf and turf options, couples are opting for a more unique approach to their wedding day eats.

From food trucks to themed stations, the options for personalized grub choices are truly endless. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 2017’s go-to food trends—because let’s honest, when it comes to everyone’s favorite part of the day, the menu takes the cake!

20 Wedding Food Trends You’ll See in 2017

Unique Wedding Dessert

Brian Bossany Photography

1. Food on wheels

The only thing that can make your favorite comfort food better is if it’s served from the window of a truck. Commissioning a food truck is perfect for trendy couples that are looking for an economical (and delicious!) way to feed their guests. Pizza, tacos, and ice cream are swoon worthy options for a relaxed outdoor soiree, or jazz it up for a fancier ordeal with a lobster truck and fish and chips!

2. Gatsby theme

You’ve found the Gatsby to your Daisy, so showcase your love with a Roaring 20s themed meal! Serve “moonshine” in mason jars, shrimp cocktail appetizers, and pineapple upside down cake for dessert. Tea sandwiches and champagne cocktails are also a must to create an era-friendly menu!

Wedding Drink Ideas

Brian Bossany Photography

3. Carnival food

Cracker Jacks, funnel cakes, cotton candy—the whole shebang! Serve all of the go-to carnival necessities, but dressed up for your formal affair.

4. After dance snack

Between tearing up the dance floor and sipping on your specialty cocktails, your guests will be aching for a late night snack. Satisfy their munchies—and give them strength to keep dancing!—with mini donuts and coffee, grilled cheese dippers with tomato soup, cookie and milk shots, or a pizza bar!

wedding comfort food

Brian Bossany Photography

5. Theme

Get creative with your menu by choosing a theme to work around. Maybe an ode to bread, chocolate, salt, or bacon! Pick your favorite foods and curate a menu using different variations of those ingredients.

6. A new take on cocktails

Raise a glass to a decked out signature cocktail! Curate a Bloody Mary bar with all of your favorite fixins or create a beer flight representative of your time as a couple! Have a killer IPA while skiing in Colorado? Maybe a summer shandy on the lake on your first date? Put it on the list! If you’re going the signature drink route, we recommend a tangy libation for a summer soiree, or a cozy hot toddy for a winter wedding. Cheers!

Wedding Drink Trends

Shanna Guidry Photography

7. Brinner

Did someone say breakfast for dinner? That’s something we can always get on board with! Flaunt your love for bacon and waffles by serving breakfast at your reception. To avoid it looking like a local pancake feed, jazz it up by serving skewered waffles with sausages alongside of a maple syrup shot. Yum!

8. Brunch

You can never have enough breakfast food! Opt for a mid-morning ceremony and serve your guests a fantastic brunch complete with sparkling mimosas, Bloody Marys, pastries, and a yogurt parfait bar!

eric vest

Eric Vest Photography

9. Unique to you!

Show your guests a slice of who you are by serving items that are unique to you! Can’t get enough cereal? Try a cereal bar with all of your favorite grains. French fry aficionado? Dish up your favorite spuds!

10. Mini-everything

Everything—and we mean everything—is cuter in miniature form. Serve up shooters for the appetizer, main course, and dessert! Options abound for this fabulous route. Try feta salad shooters alongside of miniature shrimp cocktails for an appetizer, small sandwiches and soup shots for your main course, and chocolate mouse and raspberry macaroons for dessert!

Wedding Desserts

Eileen K Photography

11. Food stations: the best of both worlds

Can’t decide between serving Indian cuisine or BBQ pulled pork sliders? We’re here to give you permission to have both! Meal stations bring together the best of both worlds by enabling you to have as many cuisine variations as you like! Drink stations will also set you apart while keeping your guests quenched and satisfied. Mimosa bar? Hot chocolate station? Count us in!

12. DIY station

Kids can’t have all of the fun! Create an adult Do It Yourself food station to unleash your attendees’ creative sides. We love the idea of a colorful snow cone station or a fireside s’mores bar!

smores bar

Photo by Molly Schroeder

13. Edible Wedding favors

Who says the party has to end after the wedding is over? Send your guests home with your favorite yummy treats. Macaroons, homemade honey, and truffles are both easy to transport and delicious!

14. Wedding Cake Stand-ins

Maybe you don’t love cake…or maybe you just love something else way more! There are tons of alternative cake options out there to satisfy your sweet tooth. Donut towers, cupcakes, and cheese wheel cakes (yes, we said cheese!) are some of the latest trendy desserts—our mouths are watering just thinking about it! For something more outside of the box, try something representative of your culture. Norweigian? Ask your Scandinavian grandma to bake you a traditional Kransekaka. Or serve a croquembouche and macaroons for your French wedding celebration!

Unique Wedding Food

Brian Bossany Photography

15. Lose the Fork

Finger food isn’t just for kids anymore! Eliminate the need for silverware with skewers ranging from fun to elegant. From fruit to salmon to mini pizzas—we think that anything can be served on a stick!

16. Pre-game cocktails

Because why not? Serve up your favorite cocktails and champagne before the ceremony so your guests can sip away as you say “I do.” We can raise a glass to that!

fun wedding drinks

Brian Bossany Photography

17. Signature cocktails

Nothing will make your guests feel more special than a mixologist creating their very own specialty beverages. Send them home with recipes for their personalized concoctions for a unique and functional favor!

18. Get Crafty

Perfect for the hops aficionado: showcase your brewing skills by serving your homemade brews and libations! Economical and unique, handcrafted beer is just the personal touch you’re looking for.

brewery wedding

Tandem Tree Photography

19. Edible escort cards

Don’t wait to start the party! Send your guests to their tables with a one-of-a-kind treat—edible escort cards!

20. Curated food and drink pairings

The only thing that could make those handcrafted sliders even better is a perfectly paired ale! Curate your favorite foods with a corresponding drink for an extra-special flair. Try fish tacos alongside of margaritas for a casual outdoor affair, or spice it up for a formal gathering with vodka and caviar.

As you can see, the options are truly endless for planning a unique wedding day menu that will impress your guests and leave them talking about your celebration for weeks to come.

What are you planning on eating on your big day? Let us know in the comments below! Oh, and save us some?

65 DIY Wedding Food Bar Ideas

30 Jun 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

They’re the trendiest of trends in wedding food, the tastiest DIY project around, the most appetizing way to please your guests…what am I talking about?

Wedding food bars!

Delicious ideas have probably taken over your Pinterest feed, and it’s no wonder! They’re creative, adored by guests, and an easy way to personalize your reception meal.

I’m sure you’ve seen lots of s’mores, popcorn, and candy bars out there. As yummy as those may be, they’re just the tip of the iceberg. You can DIY a food station with just about any of your favorite things.

To prove it, here are 65 wedding food bar ideas you’ve probably never considered—but should.

65 Wedding Food Bar Ideas

Cassie Rosch Photography

Cassie Rosch Photography

Drinks

Okay, not exactly “food,” but these drink stations will definitely be a highlight of your reception.

1. Coffee: Provide them with sweeteners, cream, mocha powder, cinnamon…yum! Plus, the more caffeine you get into their system, the longer they’ll stay and party.

2. Champagne Infusion: Champagne is great by itself, but mix in fresh fruit or even popsicles and you can say “cheers” to one incredible cocktail.

3. Bloody Mary: Celery, beef jerky, pickles, horseradish, olives, jalapenos, hot sauce, buffalo wings, sliders, cilantro, bacon, peppers…can I keep going?

4. Beer Flight: Breweries have taken over the Twin Cities—what about your hometown? Check with local craft brewers to see if they cater weddings. Or buy kegs from a few of your favorites and serve flights to your guests.

Laurelyn Savannah Photography Whim Photography

Laurelyn Savannah Photography & Whim Photography

5. Martini: Liquor, vermouth, olives, lemon twists. Served straight up or on the rocks. “Shaken, not stirred.”

6. Margarita: Let them choose their flavor, salt or no salt, and garnish. Add tequila shot supplies for a real good time.

7. Lemonade: So sweet! Ideal for an outdoor, summer big day. The kids will love it too!

8. Mimosa: Serving brunch? Champagne with OJ is a must-have. Or set this up in the morning for hair and makeup refreshments.

9. Hot Chocolate: Warm up your friends and family with white, milk, and dark chocolate varieties. Garnish with peppermint sticks and marshmallows. Oh-so cozy…

spencer combs photography

Spencer Combs Photography

Appetizers & Finger Food

A nibble here and a nibble there…these apps will get them super excited

10. Salad: This doesn’t have to be boring! Fill dishes with incredible toppings like a variety of cheeses, seeds, veggies, fruits, dressings, proteins, and bacon—a really, really big bowl of bacon.

11. Mashed Potato: Serve the mashed spuds in martini glasses to class things up a bit. Then supply diners with toppings like bacon (yes, a very large bowl), peas, cheese, scallions, gravy, dressing, or whatever you love on this classic side.

12. Baked Potato: Same toppings, different potatoes.

13. Poutine: French fries topped with cheese curds and drowning in gravy? Count me in.

14. Spud: Offer every type of potato with all of the fixings mentioned above.

Brian Bossany Photography

Brian Bossany Photography

15. Chili: Homemade chili (red and white, perhaps?) with sour cream, cheese, hot peppers, scallions, lettuce, tortilla chips, and cornbread.

16. Bruschetta: I love this Italian station. Toast up a ton of crostini, and provide plenty of toppings. Since there are so many options, I found a list of recipes to try >>

17. Fondue: Oil, cheese, chocolate…three hot, wonderful things. Dip some meat, carbs, and fruit in them and you’ve got a successful wedding food bar.

18. Biscuit: Are you a southern belle? Do you dream of being one? Then build a biscuit bar! Serve with honeys and jams.

19. Cheese & Cracker: Easy and delicious.

20. Charcuterie: Lots of meat. Cheese optional. I recommend both—but, I love cheese.

21. Olive Oil: Fresh baked bread and a variety of delicious olive oils for dipping. Serve these at a station or on each table for easy access.

Tandem Tree Photography

Tandem Tree Photography

22. Fruit: Lots of fruit, obviously. Then provide dips, cool whip, or yogurt for a sweet pairing.

23. Oyster: Expensive, but delectable. Some love the taste of raw oysters, and some need lemon, Siracha, horseradish, or Mignonette sauce to make it work.

24. Soup: Cook up a variety of soups and toppings. You could even try soup shooters!

25. Pickle: Cool idea, right? And super easy. Just find a ton of different, delicious pickles and DIY some labels.

26. Trail Mix: Just purchase all of the fixings you like and let your guests mix! This can be an event app or your favor, depending on the dish you use.

27. Wings: I thought it would be cool to supply diners with plain wings, then bowls of unique sauces they can mix and match. Be prepared! This bar will be messy.

28. Popcorn: Popular for a reason! Seasonings, sweet mix-ins, and lots of butter. Serve at the reception or let your guests take some home in a simple paper bag.

Erin Johnson Photography

Erin Johnson Photography

Mexican

29. Chips & Salsa: Sort them from mild to spicy and watch everyone dig in.

30. Nacho: All the veggies. All the meat. All the cheese. All the greatness.

31. Taco: All the veggies. All the meat. All the ch—you get it. Save some cash and make them walking tacos! Small bags of Doritos, ground hamburger with taco seasoning, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and sour cream.

32 . Burrito: A bit trickier than the other Mexican options, but definitely doable. You just need an expert burrito roller on-hand.

Ray + Kelly Photography

Ray + Kelly Photography

Dinner

Finally, the main course!

33. Sushi & Saki: This one requires a sushi chef, unless you know how to whip up a good roll.

34. Grilled Cheese: Slice up a variety of unique cheeses and have a frying station. Or hand out mini grilled cheeses with tomato soup shots.

35. Pizza: Create a build your own bar with sauces, veggies, meat, and more, then grill or bake. You could do classic crust or even flatbreads!

Ray + Kelly Photography

Ray + Kelly Photography

36. Burger: I suggest a designated griller who whips up patties in bulk. Guests can grab a patty cooked to their liking and dress it up with any fixings you provide.

37. Pasta: Put out a variety of noodles, pitchers of tasty sauces, veggies, meats, and shredded cheese. Let your guests combine their favorites and create a personalized pasta dinner.

38. Sandwich: Class it up with unique, fresh breads, meats, cheeses, and more.

39. Slider: Like a burger bar, but smaller. Give them more meat options, like meatballs or chicken!

40. Hot Dog: Like a burger bar, but no burgers. Chili, anyone?

Kye Samuelson Photography

Kye Samuelson Photography

Breakfast

The most important meal of the day on your most important day ever.

41. Cereal: Large glass jars filled with your favorite, sugary cereals and pitchers of milk. So adorable.

42. Waffle: Leslie Knope would be proud…serve up stacks of hot waffles with whipped cream, fruit, and syrup.

43. Pancake: Quicker than waffles, but just as delicious.

44. Crepe: Parlez-vous Français? Thin pancakes with lots of fresh fruit, whipped cream, chocolate, and more folded inside.

45. Oatmeal: Crockpots of gooey oatmeal and dishes of the best mix-ins like brown sugar, cinnamon, and fresh fruit.

46. Omelette: These classic breakfast stations exist at your favorite hotels and brunch spots, so why can’t you have one at your big day?

47. All of the above: There’s nothing better than a breakfast buffet, right?

Cassie-Rosch-(4)

Cassie Rosch Photography

Dessert

Would one of these DIY desserts satisfy your sweet tooth?

48. Caramel Apple: Perfect for fall. Let them dip and decorate themselves! Candies, nuts, chocolate syrup, and lots of napkins should be provided.

49. Donut: “Glazed and delicious from the new Mr. & Mrs.” Pretty clever, huh? You can thank Pinterest for that one. Plate them pre-decorated or let them DIY. A donut tower serves as a great wedding cake, by the way.

50. Pie: Cherry, blueberry, apple, pecan, pumpkin…everyone loves pie! Serve this all-American dessert with a giant bowl of Cool Whip.

51. Cheesecake: Fruit, chocolate, peanut butter…there are so many sweet ways to dress up your cheesecake. Create bite size cheesecakes, or serve up slices.

The Freckled Key Photography

The Freckled Key Photography

52. S’more: Use Sterno lamps as mini fires and supply guests with the usual s’more materials. For set-up instructions, consult Pinterest.

53. Ice Cream: DIY sundaes, anyone? I know I’d scream for ice cream.

54. Milk & Cookie: Chocolate chip cookies are classic, but sugar means lots of fun decorating for your friends and family!

55. Candy: Fill a variety of clear vases, bowls, and jars with your favorite candies. Sweet-lovers can enjoy a handful at the reception or take a bag home as their favor.

56. Cake/Cupcake: People love options. Instead of making the impossible flavor decision, why not offer a few? Cupcakes make that easy, but you can do it with smaller cakes as well. My friend ordered hers from a local grocery store bakery and saved SO much money—but they still tasted incredible.

57. Chocolate Fountain: Pretty tasty and lookin’.

Jody Savage Photography

Jody Savage Photography

58. Fruit Pizza: A “healthy” alternative to your typical cookie station. All you need are soft sugar cookies, Cool Whip, and sliced fruit.

59. Churro: Cinnamon sugar, melted chocolate, hot caramel, and fruit sauces are just a few of the possible sides.

60. Milkshake: All you need is ice cream, candy, fruit, and a lot of blenders. Not to mention a few dozen cans of whipped cream. Plus, how cute will the photos be?

61. Root Beer Float: Root beer + ice cream = win.

62. Snow Cone: Talk about a summer classic! Help your guests cool off in a delectable way.

63. Oreo: Scatter them, stack them, build a tower of them…you won’t regret it.

Cassie-Rosch

Cassie Rosch Photography

For the DIY-Disabled:

Make your life a little easier by letting someone else do the work. I promise the food will still be delicious.

64. Fast Food: Save yourself some trouble and time—isn’t that what fast food is all about? One huge order of takeout from McDonalds, Taco Bell, or whatever joint you and your fiancé love will serve as the ideal late-night snack.

65. Food Truck: Lots of food trucks are catering weddings nowadays. Have them cater the whole big day or stop by for a mid-reception pick-me-up!

Did I miss a DIY wedding food station? Share it in a comment below!

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