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Your Wedding Menu: What’s Out and What’s In

Posted on January 05 by Molly Tully

Your wedding menu can make or break your party. Everyone loves a great meal. Here, event planner JoAnn Gregoli of Elegant Occasions shares with us 12 tips on what’s hip in the world of wedding food trends. You’ll definitely want to review these yummy ideas before you plan your own menu!

1.  Wine bars are out. Beer Gardens are in. The craft-beer craze has definitely hit the wedding scene, and what better opportunity to get your groom involved in the wedding planning as he incorporates his favorite IPAs into your big day. And of course he’ll need to do a little taste-testing before he finalizes the menu.

Your Wedding Menu: What's Out and What's In

2. Coffee cafes are out. Social media lounges are in. Rent some comfy couches and designate an area out of the way for guests to recharge their phones, check in online and tweet about your wedding. Create a fun hashtag for your big day so that you can see all the images and your guests’ antics later.

 

Your Wedding Menu: What's Out and What's In

3. Cupcake bars are out. Donut Bars are in. While the closing of Crumbs in NYC may signify the end of the cupcake craze, sugar aficionados should have no fear. Everyone loves a cupcake, but they really love donuts. Set up a fun donut bar with monogrammed wrappers so that guests can grab one (or three) to go.

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Your Wedding Menu: What's Out and What's In

4. Chocolate fountains are out. Chocolate fondue is in. As with donuts, everyone also loves chocolate. But don’t make the mistake of a flowing fountain. Fondues are so much more hip. Yes, old is new again.

Your Wedding Menu: What's Out and What's In

5. Chicken is out.  Pork is in. Pork is the other white meat. And so much more fitting of a foodie.

 

Your Wedding Menu: What's Out and What's In

6. After-hours burgers are out. Breakfast treats are in. Think mini waffles drizzled with honey and mini pancakes topped with fruit and maple syrup. This is such a fun and easy treat to arrange for your guests. Talk to your reception hall about setting up your breakfast spread in an adjacent room. Your guests will love you.

Your Wedding Menu: What's Out and What's In

7. Silver passing trays are out. Salt slabs are in. Thick hand-cut slabs of Himalayan salt are the perfect foil for ahi tuna, sashimi, carpaccio, salmon gravlax, cheeses and seared shrimp and scallops. Tres chic.

 

Your Wedding Menu: What's Out and What's In

8. Filet mignon is out. Short ribs are in. We’re seeing short ribs everywhere—from sliders to tacos to the main attraction itself. This 2015 foodie staple is a wedding menu necessity.

 

Your Wedding Menu: What's Out and What's In

9. Ice cubes are out. Liquid nitrogen drinks are in. The latest culinary trend captivating the wedding scene is over-the-top signature drinks, flash frozen in front of guests with liquid nitrogen (above). Think peach bellinis, s’mores martinis, jalapeno lemon drops and strawberry moonshine to name just a few of the many potential concoctions.

 

Your Wedding Menu: What's Out and What's In

10. Raw bars are out. Walking clam shuckers are in. Rather than the guests coming to the seafood, let the seafood come to them, served by professional shuckers.

 

Your Wedding Menu: What's Out and What's In

11. Ice cream bars are out. Fancy snow-cone displays are in. Set up a fun display harkening back to your childhood, with all of the fun flavors for guests to make their own dessert.

 

Your Wedding Menu: What's Out and What's In

12. Shots are out. Jello shots are in.  A shot of Jello is so much more festive than Patron or Jagermeister. And with glitter, sprinkles, fruit and sugar accompaniments, along with the myriad fun colors and flavors (banana colada, pineapple coconut, strawberry champagne, blackberry cosmo), these can also tie into your theme.

 

Your Wedding Menu: What's Out and What's In

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