Now that spring and summer are just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to explore new wedding trends! One particular trend we see gaining in popularity these days is the concept of “cocktail weddings”. This concept forgoes the traditional (and more formal) sit-down dinner or buffet in favor of trays of food passed around throughout the event. It’s a complete meal on a small plate while grazing throughout the night. Think tapas at a wedding. Keeping the food coming throughout the night keeps guests happy and satiated without disrupting the flow of the night. Check out some of our favorite cocktail wedding ideas below!
1. Small Bites. Start the event with appetizers as you would at any wedding. Small bite size morsels are perfect – pimento cheese, pickles on food picks, antipasto skewers, goat cheese endive bites, and onion tartlets are just a few of our favorites.
2. The Main Event. Once the event is in full swing, start passing party trays and platters filled with hearty fare like grilled cheese bites (choose breads like challah or pumpernickel matched with brie with pears, cheddar with apple, or spinach pesto with gruyere). Serve shots of soup like gazpacho, butternut squash, or tomato cream.
3. Bubbly Bar. Free-flowing food requires good drinks of course. Consider hosting a champagne bar (another hot wedding trend), also called a “bubbly bar”. It’s an easy and elegant way to give guests a personalized bar option. Serve pineapple, cranberry, or orange juices as non-alchoholic options. Then set out bowls of fresh fruit – blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and peaches for garnish and extra flavor. It’s a great way to try out different concoctions and keep guests entertained throughout the night.
4. Sweet Tooth. Finally, don’t forget to bring out the sugar bites at the end. Mini cupcakes, macaroons, cake pops, and bite-size brownies all fit the bill when it comes to cocktail weddings. Finish the night off with mini cups of coffee or espresso for a truly satisfying food experience.
Let us know if you’re throwing a wedding cocktail party this year – we’d love to hear your ideas!