Photos: Kate Headley
After all of the tears, laughter, and emotion of the wedding ceremony—and with a long night of dancing ahead—you and your guests are going to be hungry! No matter what time of day you're throwing a wedding reception—morning, noon, or night—the meal is one time to be both self-indulgent and show off your personality as a couple. Do you prefer formal and gourmet or finger-foods with local flavor? Breakfast at dinner or teriyaki sliders with accompanied by other culturally-infused dishes? Couples these days are saying no to paint-by-numbers banquet meals and yes to mixing up their menus with fun, foodie-friendly options. Here, our five favorite trends you should definitely consider:
1. Try Breakfast.
Two words: waffle station. If you have a morning or early-afternoon reception, you can serve an elaborate breakfast or brunch that will cost much less than dinner.
2. Feed Them Family-Style.
Passing around platters of food creates a bonding moment for guests, encouraging them to interact and creating a sense of community.
Regional, farm-fresh foods are good for the earth and let you show off the area's cuisine. Bonus: Local ingredients often taste better than the shipped-in stuff.
4. Create a Mini Restaurant
For a price, some caterers will allow guests to order on the spot from a limited menu—or even build a kitchen on-site.
5. Order in Food Trucks
Bring street grub to the party with these food-stands-on-wheels. Check whether you need permits, or be ready to shell out for parking tickets.