Creative Wedding Catering Ideas: Hot Wedding Trends for 2016

As with all things wedding, there are wonderful wedding trends that you might choose to follow or ignore. Let’s take a look at some of our favourite wedding catering ideas for 2016.

Your wedding breakfast is one of the most important elements of your wedding day – the first time you’ll dine together as a married couple and the opportunity to celebrate with your nearest and dearest. Choosing the perfect menu is crucial. You’re looking for something delicious that suits both your budget, the style of your wedding and the season.

Fantastic canapés

Embrace the moment where you can mingle and chat with your guests post-ceremony by serving some fabulous canapés. Offer a selection of hot and cold treats, making sure they look as good as they taste. As a fun ‘twist’, shrink favourite dishes down to bite size pieces and accompany with miniature drinks – how about mini beef burgers with small mugs of beer?

Creative Wedding Catering Ideas: Hot Wedding Trends for 2016 - Mini burgers - © Senior Mac Photography
© Senior Mac Photography

When it comes to canapés, presentation is key so look for beautiful plates and other inspirational ways to serve.

Creative Wedding Catering Ideas: Hot Wedding Trends for 2016 - Canapes on silver plate - © Neale James
© Neale James

Fun cocktails

Cocktails can be a real taking point at your drinks reception. Why not try our Seasonal Bellini or Gin Berry Fizz, or perhaps a Warm Spiced Cider for a winter wedding? Don’t forget to serve an equally delicious mocktail for guests who prefer a non-alcoholic option.

Creative Wedding Catering Ideas: Hot Wedding Trends for 2016 - Mythe barn wedding - © Ed Brown Photography
© Ed Brown Photography

Family style feasts

The trend for informal weddings is on the up, so create a relaxed vibe by allowing guests to help themselves. Offer a selection of dishes in the centre of each table, perhaps even appointing one person to carve or serve. This ‘dinner party’ style is an excellent way to encourage conversation if your guests don’t know each other well. Favourite sharing boards at Mythe Barn include Stuffed Saddle of Lamb and Roast Fillet of Salmon.

Creative Wedding Catering Ideas: Hot Wedding Trends for 2016 - Lamb stacked - © Ed Brown Photography
© Ed Brown Photography

Pudding wedding cakes

While we all love the traditional wedding cake, the increased popularity of serving cake for pudding or as an evening treat has lead to couples considering alternatives to a fruit cake or sponge. It’s time to think outside the box. So many delicious puddings can be adapted to suit the wedding cake design, from tiers of banoffee pie to towers of doughnuts, chocolate brownies and even cupcakes! Bear in mind that many of these alternative cakes need to be fresh so ideally made on site (or with very little distance to travel!).

Creative Wedding Catering Ideas: Hot Wedding Trends for 2016 - Mini cakes - © Ed Brown Photography
© Ed Brown Photography
Creative Wedding Catering Ideas: Hot Wedding Trends for 2016 - Macaroons - © Ed Brown Photography
© Ed Brown Photography

Food stations

The food station remains a popular wedding treat, and we’re delighted. Serving delicious, fresh food to your guests, they’re a great choice for evening celebrations. This year, we’re all about personalisation, serving miniature bites of your favourite dishes. You might choose something you ate on your first date, and one of grandma’s winning recipes. These small dishes should be meaningful, tasty and varied. Alternatively, select a theme, from Turkish mezze to a classic Spanish paella or Indian banquet.

Paella - © Jinjabird Photography
© Jinjabird Photography
Creative Wedding Catering Ideas: Hot Wedding Trends for 2016 - Curry - © Ed Brown Photography
© Ed Brown Photography
Creative Wedding Catering Ideas: Hot Wedding Trends for 2016 - Antipasti - © Studio Rouge
© Studio Rouge

If you don’t want to offer an entire meal from food stations, consider a few fun elements. Bread stations are particularly popular, or doughnut stations for pudding!

Interactive chefs

We all love watching creative people at work, and your wedding breakfast gives you the opportunity to inject a little theatre to the proceedings. Consider offering custom-made ravioli or inviting a sushi chef to make fresh sushi in front of your guests.

Creative Wedding Catering Ideas: Hot Wedding Trends for 2016 - Street food - © Paul Willetts Photography
© Paul Willetts Photography
Creative Wedding Catering Ideas: Hot Wedding Trends for 2016 - Pizza Station - © Samuel Docker
© Samuel Docker

Sweet Treats on Departure

As your evening draws to a close, guests love to leave on a sweet note. Offer warm milk and cookies, Turkish Delight with shots of espresso or hot chocolate with marshmallows. You might even send them home with a selection of warm pastries to devour on their journey!

Creative Wedding Catering Ideas: Hot Wedding Trends for 2016 - Sweet table - © Ed Brown Photography
© Ed Brown Photography