Food in Fashion: Wedding Catering Trends for 2018

From a wedding brunch to decadent dessert bars, we forecast the top culinary trends for 2018.

By Stacey Marcus | Above: Yogurt parfaits by Russell Morin Catering & Events, photographed by About Time Photography

GOURMET DONUTS

This crowd-pleasing confection is becoming more and more popular at weddings, served as a wedding cake alternative, a coffee service garnish or a whimsical wedding favor.


ADVENTUROUS EATS

Incorporating one or two unusual hors d’oeuvres into cocktail hour or an exciting, experimental fusion first course will spice up menus and give guests new culinary experiences.

Braised Octopus by The Catered Affair


WELCOME COCKTAILS

Not only is it adorable to greet your guests with a creative beverage (think beehives of lemonade or infused cider cocktails), but it also allows them to feel catered to as soon as they arrive.

This creatively decorated Sperry Tent with bar setup by Ritzy Bee Events makes a friendly first impression. | Clark Brewer Photography


DESSERT DISPLAYS

Forgo the wedding cake and create an eye-catching display of your favorite treats! Dessert bars are the perfect—and tastiest—way to enhance your unique wedding aesthetic.

A dessert display designed by Cristen & Co. features treats by Sweet Indulgence Bakery. | Move Mountains Co.


FOOD AS ART

Since “locally sourced” and “sustainable” have been elevated from buzzwords to standards in the culinary industry, caterers have not only become experts at incorporating fresh, local ingredients into delicious meals, but they are also embracing creativity in food arrangements and displays. Says Emily Kent of The Catered Affair, “The core of this [guest experience] will be playing with flavorful layers and textures, taking a first course salad, for instance, and making it art.”

Roasted Vegetable Salad by The Catered Affair


BRUNCH WEDDINGS

“Imagine how creative you can get with brunch elements: pancake wedding cakes, Belgian waffles, mini egg sandwiches and yogurt parfaits,” says wedding planner Cristen Faherty of Cristen & Co. Brunch is not just for morning anymore!

Mini egg sandwiches by Russell Morin Catering & Events | About Time Photography


FOOD STATIONS

No, we’re not talking about old-school buffets. Food stations have made a comeback, with couples opting to give guests a more casual and social dining experience versus a traditional plated dinner. Plus, who doesn’t love going up for seconds?

The Foxes Photography


GOODBYE FILET, HELLO VENISON!

Whether incorporated in an appetizer or served as the main dish of the evening, game meats like venison are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional beef, especially among farm-to-table-loving foodies.

Venison dish by Catalyst Restaurant | Amy Spirito Photography


FOOD TRUCKS

Serving your guests a late-night snack is always a “do” in our book. You can bet your friends will love capping off the evening with pizzas made-to-order or a sweet treat from an ice cream truck.

RambleFree Photo Co.

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