Casual street food and deconstructed desserts are among the popular trends showcased at creative receptions

Weddings have evolved into one-of-a-kind events influenced by the personalities, lifestyles and shared experiences of the bride and groom. Millennials look for unique ways to personalize their special day. Their wedding day focus is to deliver fun, interactive, photo-worthy experiences for their guests... and the best way to achieve this is through customized food stations and hors d’oeuvre.

Mix and mingle

ChampagneJamie Lee FuocoPlated dinners will always be popular, but recently cocktail-style wedding receptions have been planned more than even before... and they continue to gain traction. This enables guests to move and converse freely throughout the entire event, and allows for more expansive menu choices.

Bao bunCulinary CapersDraw inspiration for menu options from street food for canapés and stations that can be either butler passed or set out. Culinary Capers offers a variety of food stations, featuring enticing options such as Duck and Pork Belly Bao Bun and Seasoned Sockeye Salmon Poke.

Deconstruct dessert

Apple pieJohn WatsonMany receptions are showcasing a reimagining of the couple’s favourite dishes, or food they enjoyed on their first date. These ideas are being incorporated into fine casual menus for all types of service. Think deconstructed apple pie for dessert, boozy milkshakes or miniature corn dogs during hors d’oeuvre service.

Style servings with a touch of home

PresentationBlush Sky PhotographyFood presentation, including stations and striking tableware, will continue to be prominent. An emerging popular trend will be using pieces that you would find in your home. Unique stoneware for plated dinner service, cast iron or ceramic mini dishes for small plates as well as vintage dining room hutches and bookshelves for food stations and bars. Curated pieces will be cohesive with a warm homey vibe.

Sweets turn savoury

Panna cottaJanis NicolaySavoury desserts are growing more popular and this transition is increasingly prominent at wedding receptions. Expect to see combinations of flavours like chamomile and honeycomb with ice cream or an olive oil and thyme wedding cake. It’s all about variety, so why not allow guests to have several different types of dessert in addition to a delicious wedding cake? There will be no more pie stations and definitely no more cupcakes. Those trends are over. Think one-bite Rice Krispie squares, dessert shots, miniature donuts and petite cheesecakes. Everyone’s taste buds will thank you!