Wondering how you can ring the changes with your wedding catering?  Time for a look at some of the latest trends!

The traditional three course set menu is most certainly not the only option when it comes to wedding catering (although you’d be forgiven for thinking that, looking at the wedding menus offered by many venues!)  Sharing platters continue to be a hot favourite – and here at Expresso Norwich our table feasts remain hugely popular, offering couples the opportunity to combine favourite flavours with crowd-pleasing dishes. A winner all round, the sky’s the limit when it comes to sharing platters!

Feeling adventurous? Brides Magazine is predicting an increase in Mexican, Japanese and Peruvian inspired cuisine with tacos, sushi and ceviche on the menu.

And if it’s an early wedding – why not offer brunch? After all, it is a wedding breakfast!

Dessert buffets are another option to consider – offering guests the chance to stretch their legs and indulge in an array of puddings.  From meringues to macaroons, trifle to torte, let your imagination run riot!

Our ‘DIY’ Eton Mess is a particularly popular summer dessert.  Continuing the sharing theme, it’s a wonderfully indulgent end to a great table feast.  Home-grown strawberries bursting with flavour, crisp meringue and folds of sweet cream… irresistible!

Across the Atlantic, in the US, wedding catering commentators are talking about up-styled comfort food classics and themed food stations.

“Some interesting theme-y tables I’ve seen are like a station featuring bacon, with bacon-wrapped shrimp, bacon salt, bacon donuts – and even a bacon cocktail – bacon is really trendy in the food world right now.  Or truffles – like truffle burger, or sliders and truffle mac and cheese,” says Jen Campbell, editor of Greenweddingshoes.com:

Avoid wedding catering woes

Of course, when it comes to wedding catering, very often the challenge is to marry what you think you’d really like with what’s practical – and affordable!  We’re hearing more and more about festival-style weddings but do remember that straw bales, fire pits and food truck queues aren’t for everyone…

Ultimately people need to be fed – and romantic as a French crepe van may sound, you need to consider the logistics of feeding a large number of people well in a timely manner.  We’ve all heard the stories about it taking hours for everyone to be fed, having to line up in the rain/cold/dark and obscure ethnic offerings…

Don’t overthink it – focus on quality ingredients, great flavours and professional service and you’ll not go far wrong.  Leave your guests with great memories of your sumptuous wedding feast – not gnawing hunger!

And finally, a word about table dressing trends for 2018! Moving on from rose gold accents, 2018 will see similar metallic touches in the form of more industrial looking copper. In addition, hanging floral installations create a fabulous impact – as well as freeing up table space for those loaded sharing platters!

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to plan your wedding catering!

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