The wedding menu becomes more and more sophisticated every year: the newlyweds want not only to generously feed the guests, but also to surprise them with culinary masterpieces, unusual dishes and original ideas. Chanfashion has prepared a list of the most interesting wedding menu trends and ideas for 2021 for your wedding.
Most often, at banquets, a variety of snacks are served on shared plates. But 2021 trends suggest adding more mobility to guests by serving wedding snacks in individual boxes or glasses. Firstly, it will reduce the crowd around the most popular dishes, as it is much faster to grab a box than to put on your portion with tongs. It will also reduce the amount of leftovers — guests will not impose unnecessary treats that may remain uneaten if suddenly a dish from the wedding menu is not to your liking. Secondly, it looks much neater and cleaner. In addition, cardboard boxes for snacks can be decorated in the colors of your wedding or add fun prints. And thirdly, do not forget about the impact of coronavirus on weddings: individual portions are much safer 🙂
In support of the trend towards sustainability and awareness, vegetarian and vegan dishes in the wedding menu are gaining more and more popularity. You don’t have to be against meat to enjoy this kind of cuisine: even die-hard meat eaters might be interested in trying vegetable alternatives to traditional dishes or beyond meat 🙂 In addition, vegetarian dishes look very colorful and bright, so they will definitely diversify the palette of your table.
You can vary the classic wedding menu with vegetarian dishes as an experiment, even if neither you nor your guests follow such a diet in everyday life. This decision will make the wedding menu lighter, fresher and more varied. How about mini burgers with seitan, paneer or tofu instead of beef patty? Or something more elegant, like baked ricotta with ginger salsa and peach chips? Such appetizers are sure to warm up the curiosity of the guests. To give such dishes satiety, chickpeas, lentils, avocados will come in handy.
An interesting idea would be to organize a hummus bar at the wedding with various additives (for example, beetroot for a pink color), pitas and carrot and celery straws. And because of the pineapple in chili, grilled as a side dish to the main course, guests will be completely ecstatic 🙂
Variety of desserts
When compiling a sweet menu for a wedding, you can’t decide: chocolate or berries? Classic stuffing or something trendy and unusual? Why stop at one option when planning a wedding menu 🙂
Now a separate sweet zone with a variety of desserts for one bite is in fashion. Thanks to this option, you can please your guests with both classic tastes and new original solutions. And this will greatly simplify your choice, because you do not need to dwell on one particular option and worry that guests will not like it.
But the wedding cake is a different story. Recently, confectioners have been experimenting not only with unique designs, but also with unusual fillings and flavor combinations: lavender, matcha, mint, blue cheese with pear, carrot cakes with cinnamon and other unusual options.
We still advise choosing not too innovative flavors for the wedding menu, because it is of great importance and it will be a shame if the guests simply do not eat it. As a compromise — make the top small tier with an unusual taste, and for large ones, choose the classics that everyone loves. Or leave the experimental combinations for small desserts, which we talked about above 🙂 This way, guests can try something new, but will not be left without a dessert if they don’t like the unusual taste.
The area where guests can prepare their own drinks will be an interesting entertainment and will allow them to show their talents. If mixing cocktails is quite difficult, as it requires certain skills and dexterity, then decorating them is much more pleasant and interesting. This trick is also suitable for non-alcoholic drinks: for example, at a winter wedding, an area with cocoa and hot chocolate will fit perfectly. In addition to the tanks with the drinks themselves, arrange marshmallows, cinnamon, cloves and other spices, grated chocolate and various syrups on the table.
This idea will come in handy especially if before that you plan to arrange a bartending show or a master class on mixing drinks. Surely after such a spectacle there will be more people who want to try their hand 🙂
We bet that you and your fiancé and the guests managed to miss the parties during the quarantine 🙂 Therefore, consider the option that you will not want to leave after a couple of hours of the wedding banquet.
If you are ready for a show must go on with dancing and fun until the morning, then you need to think about an additional section of the wedding menu. It will take energy to stand on the dance floor all night, but dishes like in a classic dinner will not work. Bet on hearty snacks, perhaps not even very healthy ones. We are sure that even after an elegant official wedding, no one will mind eating a burger, french fries or breaded chicken legs at a disintegrated party — such a contrast has its own charm 🙂 Let the food on the menu be convenient enough to do without serving and cutlery.
Do not forget to estimate the number of guests: for sure, not everyone will stay until late. However, do not discount the older generation — sometimes they are ready to party until you drop even more than your peers 🙂 The easiest way is to check with the guests in advance which of them is ready for such a dance marathon, but do not expect that the number will be final . Someone may have unforeseen business, and someone, on the contrary, will get a taste already at the holiday itself.
Not only meat
Heavy meat appetizers, cuts, hot dishes — in our country they like to make a hearty wedding feast, so that no one leaves hungry 🙂 However, this is fraught with heaviness and passivity. Well, who wants to jump at competitions from the host after such a tight wedding dinner?
In the warm season, lighter and fresher dishes will be very popular. In addition to meat, it is worth using fish and seafood, cereals, fresh vegetables, berries and fruits — this will not only “lighten up” the wedding menu, but will also be good for the health and general well-being of guests after the feast. Leave the meat on the menu for one of the hot options and one type of appetizer.
When compiling a light wedding menu, pay attention to salads with light natural dressings (mayonnaise not only makes food heavier, but can also deteriorate in the heat). Ingredients that were previously unpopular in our cuisine are also increasingly used in cooking: for example, celery, parsnips, fennel and mushrooms. Discuss with your banquet manager or caterer how you can play with these products in an interesting way to diversify the wedding table.
Focus on soft drinks
When calculating the amount of alcohol for a wedding, one should not forget about non-alcoholic drinks! This item is especially important if you are planning a wedding in the hot summer or there are a lot of people on your guest list who are not too fond of wine and spirits.
So that the wedding menu of drinks is not limited to mineral water, juices and fruit drinks, you can think of more original ideas. For example, mocktails are becoming increasingly popular — these are non-alcoholic twists on classic cocktails or original recipes. The main feature is that they look just like drinks in an expensive bar, but at the same time they are harmless to health, do not contain under a thousand calories and will help to refresh without a hangover the next morning.
In trend at weddings and milkshakes. You can offer guests a variety of fruit and berry milkshakes that guests can decorate to their liking 🙂
And where without summer classics? Guests will like lemonade, especially if you choose unusual ingredients and combinations for the wedding menu: watermelon with basil, raspberries with grapefruit, cucumbers, cranberries with rosemary — the field for experiments is endless!
Wedding preparation does not end with the perfect menu 🙂 Use our Bride’s to-do listto make sure you didn’t forget a single important detail!