All the essential new taste trends from grazing platters and foodie hen dos to using edible flowers and sourcing local gins
1. DIY Food Stations
Food stations are nothing new, but caterers and couples are now getting creative with the wedding breakfast and branching out from the classic sweetie bar. Kalm Kitchen in Surrey is a pioneer when it comes to food and we love its Eton Mess themed dessert table (above) featuring an array of meringues, red fruit, cream, wildflower and elderflower jelly, pink rhubarb compote and honeycomb.
‘A help-yourself display invites everyone to get up from the table, graze, get involved and lose any sense of formality,’ says Holly Spooner at Kalm Kitchen. ‘We also offer cheese bars, lemonade stalls and even an interactive ice cream bar where flavoured ice cream is created in front of your eyes by our chefs before you decorate it with exciting toppings and pipettes of sauce.’
2. Letting your guests choose
‘Recent trends have included afternoon tea and street food, but this year it seems the key thing is giving guests a choice,’ says Karen Morgan at Morgan’s Catering, based at Redhouse Barn in Worcestershire. ‘One couple wanted to have gourmet burgers and we’ve also served traditional fish, chips and mushy peas, too. Our menus are bespoke, so we work with all our couples to create something exceptional.’
3. Cakes: Tall Vs Short
Which way will you go? While single-tier cakes are making a come back, there are also plenty of showstoppers with multiple tiers from companies such as Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium that are reaching for the stars! We love this single tier Blush Dahlia cake from Love Wedding Cakes.
4. British Booze
We’re all sourcing local, so do the same with your drinks. We love the tropical notes of Salcombe Gin. For summer cocktails (pictured), try Two Birds. Sekforde makes bespoke botanical mixers, while Lind & Lime Gin is the first gin from Scotland’s Leith Distillery.
There’s now a street food stall to cater to your every food whim. Fancy grilled cheese sandwiches for the evening do, made with the very best UK cheeses? Then book the Cheese Truck. If you’ve more of a sweet tooth, then Humble Crumble will rock up and dish out little pots of crumbly fruity deliciousness. And if it’s bubbles you’re after, Bubble Bros can help (pictured). They’ll arrive in a funky vintage firetruck, van or bike and start pouring fabulous fizz, including their very own brand of Prosecco.
7. Foodie hen dos
Food-focused hen dos are on the rise and The Mary Quant afternoon tea at The Pelham London ties in with an exhibition at the V&A. Post-show, enjoy ‘Swinging London’ sandwiches and pastries drizzled with raspberry coulis in a Quant-inspired nail varnish bottle. From £55 per person, including a ticket to the V&A exhibition.
8. All things vegan
As more people become vegan there are catering options to match. London-based Bread & Honey Events’vegan menus includes oyster mushroom dumplings, chia puddings, crispy tofu rolls and vegan brownies. Or try Rosalind Miller’s own line of vegan wedding cakes.
9. Grazing tables
A decadent alternative to a buffet, grazing tables use quality ingredients and stunning styling to create a show-stopping dining experience. The trend started in Australia and, Grape & Fig, the UK’s first grazing table caterer, offers ‘food, floristry and tablescape styling’. Think displays of speciality cheeses, cured meats, antipasti, dips and locally baked bread.
10. Guilty pleasures
Are doughnuts your guilty pleasure? Well, no longer! They’re perfectly acceptable wedding food and London’s Vicky’s Donuts can make you ring doughnuts, filled doughnuts, or even letter doughnuts spelling out a cute big-day message.
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