6 Unique Wedding Food Ideas
6 Unique (and delicious) Wedding Food Ideas
When you ask the guests, one of the most memorable things about any wedding is the food. That is why it is so important for you to chose a great wedding menu that is both suitable for the guests, but most importantly – something that you will love! Having a delicious banquet on your big day is the metaphorical cherry on the cake!
Before you start looking for your catering company, it is a good idea to have a rough idea of what you want to be serving. Are you considering a buffet or a set menu? Or do you want something completely unique and out of the box? Here are some unique wedding food trends to consider.
Everyone wants to make the most of their big day. The best way to do this is to start early. Morning and early afternoon weddings have become ever more popular due to the fact that they tend to be slightly cheaper. At a brunch wedding, you can expect delicious foods such as bacon & eggs, pancakes, waffles, scones, French toast and many more tasty treats. Coffee Bars are also quite popular these days and perfectly compliment the Brunch Wedding trend. Top everything off with a Mimosa to get the party started. Serving breakfast foods at a wedding is the perfect option if you are considering a buffet.
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More and more couples are adding the element of comfort to their wedding day without losing the elegance of perfectly prepared canapés, main meals or desserts. Couples are serving comfort-foods in beautifully wrapped bow ties, for example, a juicy mini cheeseburger with a side of French fries neatly tucked into a basket and served with a side shot of tomato sauce. You can add an elegant touch to almost any ‘take away’ food! Make a cheese toasty fancy by adding truffle or gourmet cheeses. This is your chance to serve your favourite food and guests will love it.
Food of Origin
Most often than not we are inspired by food from a certain region or country. Couples have a favourite place they’ve visited, the country where they met, and possibly a foreign heritage. A great way to create your menu is to pick a country to inspire your cuisine. Just think of the possibilities: Asian food, French cuisine, Mexican food, an Indian feast or proudly South African set of dishes. Picking an overall theme for your wedding menu makes it much easier to narrow down the dished to choose from.
The theme of your menu can also be carried through onto the table décor and be highlighted in small details. Add a touch of lavender if you are eating French style. Mexican lace-bunting or pops of Moroccan colours. Guests will subconsciously relate the food they’re eating with visual clues making it a multi-sensory experience.
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Letting your guests get their hands dirty makes for a fun, laidback atmosphere. It’s unique, interactive and who doesn’t enjoy being able to lick their fingers after devouring a beautifully prepared crayfish? A delicious seafood boil for those who enjoy seafood or a traditional South African braai for the meat lovers. Let your guests dig in, but be sure to have some wet wipes or finger bowls nearby.
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Food Trucks & Mobile Bars
Food Trucks, Ice Cream Carts, Candy Stations, Mobile Coffee Bars, Oyster Bars and Mobile Drink Stations are some of the most popular unique aspects of modern weddings. Hiring these mobile food stations is a continuing trend at weddings and events. These stations add to the atmosphere as a make-shift decor element. And because these stations usually serve a selection of their specialised food or drink, your guests can choose what they want. A great way to offer a selection and keep everyone happy.
There are so many different types of mobile food stations to choose from, so you and your partner can personalize this element of your wedding menu. If it’s a summer wedding – get an amazing artisan ice cream cart. Getting married in winter? How about a coffee bar or soup station. Have a sweet tooth? A delicious candy- or dessert table is a must. Want to kick off the celebration? Cocktail bar!
Dinner and a Show
Instead of handing out your canapés, why not add a fun twist to your cocktail hour by letting your guests experience the magic of your food. An open kitchen setting, such as the one at Cavalli Estate, provides guests with the opportunity to see the chefs prepare and plate all the food. There is something innately entertaining about watching professionals throwing together ingredients and concocting delicious dishes (just watch anything on the cooking channel.) This can be counted as both catering and entertainment at your reception.
Photos by Chef Micheal Deg at Cavalli
What Do You Think?
What do you think of our options? Would you consider any of these choices at your wedding? Head over to our Facebook or Instagram pages and leave a comment – we’d love to know what you’re considering for your wedding menu. And if you haven’t found your vendors yet, head over to the Food and Catering category now to find suppliers near you!