The Wedding Food Trends Everyone Will Be Eating Up

Coming to a serving tray near you

Updated 10/10/19

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Planning a wedding? We're sharing all the details on some of the most exciting wedding trends—we’ve already got your bouquet and reception inspo covered. Now, get ready for seven of the most delicious food crazes. We've tapped the minds of industry experts, and rounded up some wedding food trends that are expected to hit a serving tray near you.

Playful dessert stations and reverting back to formal, traditional reception settings are ideas that some of the industry’s top authorities are loving. If you’re planning on tying the knot, consider these delicious options—from cocktail hour hors-d'oeuvres to black-tie setups—that are sure to be as delightful as they are memorable.

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Elevate Your Presentation

Ceviche Push-Pops

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“We see our clients starting to really have fun with cocktail hour hors-d'oeuvres,” says Cassy Anderson, founder of Cassy Rose Events. Present your guests with something unexpected either in flavor profile or presentation (or both). “These ceviche push-pops from Forte Belanger are just as delicious as they are fun to eat!” Anderson adds.

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Find Your Way Towards Formal

Wedding reception

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"After years of seeing the industry move towards an ‘unconventional’ food experience at weddings, we are seeing a trend towards a traditional plated experience with elevated service,” says Bill Coyne, director of business development at Cloud Catering & Events. “As the industry continues to seek exciting, innovative new ways to integrate food and beverage into weddings, there seems to be an appetite and nostalgia for formal dinner service,” Coyne explains.

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Get Playful With Your Dessert Station

Donut wedding cake toppers

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Amy Mendes, event manager at Mezze Catering & Events, considers the industry to be leaning towards an abundance of dessert options. "One food trend we are noticing is offering your guests an abundant dessert station with lots of seasonally inspired offerings,” Mendes says. For this wedding, the couple’s cake decorations included seasonal donuts as a way to integrate other dessert table options into their elegantly playful design.

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Opt for Substitutes

Beet Sashimi

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“Addressing dietary lifestyles has become increasingly more common,” says Alison Awerbuch, chef & partner at Abigail Kirsch. “Whether it’s gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, keto, or paleo, we are always getting requests by our brides to include some of these types of food at their weddings,” Awerbuch adds. It’s important to create menu items that are seamlessly modified since they are incredibly delicious and are presented so creatively. “Some favorites include our vegan and gluten-free Artisan Vegetable Sushi made with brown rice, quinoa and pickled beets, squash and cucumbers,” notes Awerbuch.

05 of 07

Pay Homage to Your Hometown

Dessert table

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“The trend is here to stay, honoring our cities, regions, or family heritage in your menu creation,” says Lisa Dupar, founder of Lisa Dupar Catering. Whether you are celebrating Chinese traditions or southern customs, it’s easy to marry cultures on your menu. “Custom messages in fortune cookies, congee made with Carolina Gold rice, or a Baijiu (Chinese sorghum whiskey) Lychee Julep are all great custom options that couples can consider when merging their heritages through food,” she suggests.

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Set the Bar

Topping station

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"A trend we are starting to see now that will definitely continue is 'Roaming Food Bars,'" says Carla Ruben, owner and creative director at Creative Edge Parties. "'Roaming Food Bars' offer both the selection of a stationary buffet as well as an interactive quality," she adds. A great option for guests with specific food restrictions, try playing with ideas like including this vegetarian ceviche inspiration that features vegetable based ceviches with loads of fun toppings such as plantain ribbons, spiced pepita seeds, and gooseberries.

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Create a Grab-and-Go Dessert Table

Dessert station

Courtesy of Taste Catering

Melissa Panico, director of marketing at Taste Catering and Event Planning, suggests giving guests an easy takeaway option for dessert. “This colorful spread featured an array of sweet treats that guests could easily grab on their way back out to the dance floor,” Panico says. “An assortment of fork-free options are also essential when crafting a display of grab-and-go options,” she adds.

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