Unique Catering Ideas To Consider For Your Wedding
There will, of course, be many aspects of your nuptials that will hopefully make it every inch as special as you wish it to be; the venue, your wedding dress, perhaps an exotic destination where it will all be happening… however, for everyone present, the catering experience also ought to be something to remember for the right reasons.
That means just handling the culinary aspect of your wedding in the ‘usual’ way might not be enough for you. With that in mind, below are some unique and unusual catering ideas you might contemplate for your wedding.
A street food truck
If you like the idea of playing up that more informal ‘festival’ feel at your wedding, hiring a street food truck could be an excellent choice.
However, depending on the number of guests you will have, you might feel a need to hire more than one truck, in order to prevent big queues forming on the day. In that case, you will want to ensure there is a nice spread of different types of food available across the trucks you hire.
Get imaginative with doughnuts
They’re the sweet treat that very few of your wedding attendees will be able to resist, especially when they’re the gorgeously handcrafted and award-winning doughnuts that Crosstown produces.
Whether you choose to have a large doughnut wall at your event, or perhaps something like the complete doughnut wedding cake tower, there are so many opportunities to turn the traditional wedding-cake motifs on their heads with these ‘sweet treats with the hole’.
Hors-d’oeuvres that won’t mess up your guests’ outfits
What are “hors-d’oeuvres”? They’re a wedding-catering staple, being defined by Merriam-Webster as “any of various savoury foods usually served as appetizers”.
But do you know what a classic problem with such appetisers is? They tend to require wedding attendees using their bare hands to consume them, thereby heightening the risk of them inadvertently getting their dress or suit smeared. You know how it is; such foods can be just messy, which isn’t ideal during cocktail hour when the wedding ceremony might not have even happened yet.
So, there’s potentially a lot to be said for ‘tidier’ hors-d’oeuvres presented on a stick, toothpick, or skewer. For example, you could have mac and cheese deep-fried, and served in small portions on lollipop sticks. It’s a really simple idea for an appetiser that would be both manageable and irresistible for your guests.
A ‘grazing table’
While we’re on the subject of cheese, some couples who love charcuterie boards might like the idea of setting up a ‘grazing table’ at their wedding. This is very much what it sounds like, presenting wedding attendees with an alluring selection of cold meats, cheeses, dips, crackers, salads, and fruits to help keep their hunger at bay during your special day. Check out these grazing table ideas on Brides.com.
If that’s not enough – watch this video to get a few more ideas:
At this point, we’re thinking in particular about the evening food at your wedding. To be fair, there’s no definite requirement to provide evening food at all, but if you will be having evening-only guests and an early wedding breakfast for your day guests, it’s fair to say that by later in the day, all your attendees might be getting a bit peckish again. We have a great DIY Food section where you can find some ideas.
With that in mind, why not arrange a ‘DIY station’, which allows your guests to assemble their own snacks? DIY stations can be a fine way to effectively combine wedding catering with entertainment, giving your guests something to do as the day turns into evening and they mingle with other guests they might not have yet had the chance to chat to.
The evening is a time when your wedding attendees will probably be eating on their feet. So, it’s a good idea with your DIY station to emphasize foods that can be easily assembled by hand, such as tacos.
‘Soul food’ for late into the night
Imagine that we have now progressed through the evening and into the ‘small hours’. Presumably, by this point, your wedding attendees will have been socializing and strutting their stuff on the dancefloor for hour after hour. They will have long helped themselves to beer, cocktails, and wine, and might presumably be more than a little merry at this point.
Why not round off the night, then, with some comfort food? We aren’t just suggesting this for the sake of it – scientific research backs the notion that after consuming alcohol, people are often in the mood to eat, due to the alcohol having induced their brain into ‘starvation mode’. You might have seen it referred to as the ‘aperitif effect’.
So, having some bite-sized sweet and salty snacks ready could be a good idea at this point. They don’t have to be anything massively ‘glamorous’ – pizza, grilled cheese, or even fried risotto balls might more than do the job.
There you go – just some ideas for how you could get really inventive and interesting with your wedding catering. Which of the above might you be most tempted to try – or put your own spin on – for your nuptials?