Even brides on a budget know the one place you should never skimp, when it comes to wedding planning, is with the food. That’s because well-fed guests are happy guests, who will be pleased to pack the dance floor and celebrate your big day with you, late into the night. If you’re not sure what to feed your invitees, though, let the latest trends in wedding menus and cocktails serve as inspiration. Here are just a few of the big ideas for 2016 brides!
Elevate Family Favorites
While you don’t want to serve guests a meal they could have made at home, it’s fun to update classics with high-class touches, such as truffle oil topped mac and cheese, or bison sliders as appetizers, instead of traditional burgers.
If you’re having a winter wedding, be sure to supply plenty of hearty foods to help keep guests warm!
Just because you’re having a fall wedding, doesn’t mean every dish needs to feature pumpkin or similar flavors. But it is best for both your budget and your taste buds to highlight produce that is in season. It will taste better, cost less, and it’s a great way to let your caterer take fresh inspiration from the season’s best bounty.
Mix Classics and Craft Beers
When it comes to cocktail hour, many couples want to feature their favorite libations instead of traditional beer and wine selections. For some that means a customized cocktail utilizing their favorite brand of bourbon; for others it’s a sampling of local craft beer. If you have a favorite brewery or winery, in the area, talk to them about creating a special lineup of your favorites, and provide sample-sized glasses so guests can enjoy a bit of them all while waiting for dinner.
You should also consider setting up several tasting stations for both drinks and food, during the cocktail hour. This makes a great transition after the ceremony, while your reception area is prepared, but it’s also a great chance for you and you new groom to sneak in a few photos, without making guests wait for you to get the party started!