Like the dress, decorations, and the photos, catering also has trends that will change from year to year. Food can help set the mood or create a theme for your special day and brides are getting increasingly more creative with their food options. If you are tying the knot this year, you’re in luck because there are endless directions you can take when planning the perfect reception. So let’s move past the traditional salad-and-meat combos and we will take a look at some of the more unique trends in catering!

      Build-Your-Own Bars

      Why not let your guests choose what they want? After all, it seems like a daunting task to try and please every single guest at your reception. Some popular trends include a taco bar, baked potato buffet, build your own bruschetta table, a crepe bar, and an ice-cream station. These stations are great for picky eaters or people with diet restrictions, who may have had less options at a regular plated dining reception. The options for these are infinite so go crazy and have fun with these do-it-yourself stations.

      Sundae Bar

      Finger Foods

      These adorable mini finger foods make it much easier for guests to walk around and mingle with everyone. Your guests won’t be confined to a table when eating so they will be free to roam around the reception hall with their plate full of tiny, easy-to-eat food. It also makes it easy on the servers, who can maneuver around the reception hall and offer the food to your guests. Some great ideas for finger food include cream puffs, mini quiche, deviled eggs, fruit trays, and wraps. The great thing about this option is that you can offer a large variety of mini food for lower cost than large entrees.

      Late Night Snack

      Play Up the Color

      Picking colors for d├ęcor and bridesmaid dresses are no-brainers, but have you considered color coordinating your food? More and more brides are asking caterers to make food in certain colors than ever before. This is the perfect way to tie in your color theme and let’s face it: it looks really cool!

      Some popular color schemes trending this year are mint, coral, emerald, browns (for a rustic feel), varying shades of blue, and a gray/yellow combo.

      Dessert Bar

      Specialty Drinks

      Typically, there is no shortage of alcohol at weddings. Drinking is integral part of our social culture and some brides are opting for a unique take on their reception bar. Some trends are a Bloody Mary bar, flavor-infused champagne, personalized cocktails, and micro-brews. Another idea is to feature the bride and grooms’ favorite drink in the bar area. Specialty drinks are a great way to have guests get out of their comfort zone to try new drinks and for you to show off your great taste.

      Remember to have options for guests who choose not to drink for the evening. Some great ideas for these guests are mocktails and water infusing stations. Another popular drink option for kiddos is having milk and cookies available.

      Mimosa Bar

      Any of these ideas could make your wedding reception a night to remember! Just pick something that you love, not simply because it’s a trend at the time. Trends come and go so be true to yourself and choose exactly what you want.