Statement Dining | June 20, 2016 | Lifestyle
5 must-know trends for the bride-to-be
With weddings becoming increasingly informal, menus are rapidly transforming to match.
Caterers are springing up with fresh, innovative ideas about the wedding breakfast but with freedom comes confusion. Fear not: here’s our guide to the trends to watch this year.
A big advantage of afternoon tea is its sheer visual delight. Voluptuous eclairs, macarons in an array of pastel shades and pretty cupcakes, all piled onto tiered cake stands, can’t fail. With cucumber sandwiches, goat’s cheese tartlets and herbed scones for savoury fans, it’s a quintessentially English spread.
Serve with English wine, sparkling or otherwise.
Image source: Firmdale Hotels
Lots of wedding venues can provide afternoon tea. Our favourite? The intimate garden and orangery at South Kensington’s Number Sixteen for a stylish city location.
Serve in style: Number Sixteen co-owner Kit Kemp is the hottest design name in hospitality right now. Channel her unique brand of colourful quirkiness by serving your tea on her own collection for Wedgwood, Mythical Creatures.
Smart foodies looking for a relaxed feel will love the laidback Mediterranean feast. Pile sharing boards or platters with meats, cheeses, breads, olives, sunblushed tomatoes… the options are endless and will certainly please picky eaters.
Caterer Cin Cin brings a sprinkle of Italian authenticity with its charming 70s Fiat van and delicious menu of bubbles and nibbles.
Serve in style: Continue the warm Mediterranean feel with Vibrance, Wedgwood’s colourful new collection. The four bright shades (turquoise, orange, yellow and pink) will complement many colour schemes and evoke long afternoons in the sun.
It’s no surprise the street food explosion has made its way to the wedding table. If your venue will allow access, airstream caravans, converted buses and trailers will lend an energetic, festival feel to your ceremony.
Popular choices include burritos with all the trimmings, super-cool ceviche and hog roasts.
El Kantina specialises in Mexican and southern street food, catering to events up and down the country with full bar service and bespoke menus – we like the look of mojito shredded chicken.
Serve in style: Street food may be informal but you don’t have to settle for a less-than-perfect table setting. The Palladian range lends a beautiful elegance to any wedding breakfast.
Comfort food goes chic this year, with classic pub favourites popping up at weddings.
Whether bangers and mash, fish and chips or hearty pie and gravy, tuck into a traditional supper on your big day – it’s bound to be popular with your guests.
Serve in style: Add a witty touch by creating a very chic table setting – Vera Wang Infinity is a wedding classic. Hide your suppers in silver salvers, to be carried in with much pomp and ceremony, before revealing the delicious, informal contents with a flourish.
If relaxing picnics are one of your favourite pastimes as a couple, why not dine alfresco on your wedding day? Picnic tables, tartan blankets or even bales of hay are all memorable choices for your first meal as man and wife.
Fill baskets to the brim with dainty sandwiches, pile up rustic cheese boards, add homemade chutneys, fresh salads and venison sausages. Continue the outdoor fun with games on the lawn and jugs of fresh Pimms.
Serve in style: If best of British is the theme of the day, picnic in style with Wedgwood’s iconic Wild Strawberry range, the ultimate celebration of the English countryside.