If you’re planning a themed wedding, why stop at the decor? Creating a themed wedding menu will tie the whole day together and add a sense of fun to the occasion…
Themed weddings have become increasingly popular in recent years, providing couples with an outlet to include their hobbies and interests into their special day. In the past, the term “themed wedding” was often accompanied with negative connotations. However, many couples today are transforming themed weddings from tacky niche parties, to elegant affairs through tasteful and subtle details. One of the most effective ways to incorporate a theme into your wedding is with creative food. With various food options and courses available throughout the night, couples have many opportunities to infuse their theme into their event’s cuisine.
Appetizers are quite often the first food that your guests will be served, and can be a great opportunity to introduce them to the theme. Some themes will be easier than others to incorporate. For example, if you’re having a beach-themed wedding, seafood appetizers like smoked salmon crostini or bacon wrapped scallops may be a natural choice. For more abstract themes, couples may have to use a little more creativity. Colours, shapes, and textures can help display themes that aren’t as concrete.
The Main Course
Although it’s not necessary to include your theme in every aspect of your wedding, if you have chosen a theme, most will expect it to be incorporated into the main course. Presentation is important for a main dish and, unlike some of the more casual courses, you’ll probably have to be a little stealthier when incorporating more abstract themes. While it might be cute to have a mini lightsaber in your drink at cocktail hour, your guests will probably be less impressed by an overt, kitschy theme in their main meal. Instead, plating and garnishes are good ways to tastefully include your theme.
Some themes fit naturally into meals. For example, if a couple were to host an Autumn-themed wedding, they could easily include pumpkins and other seasonal fruits and vegetables into their dish. For a tropical-themed wedding held in the Caribbean, couples could take advantage of locally sourced fruits and vegetables along with island delicacy like jerk chicken.
A signature drink is a fun way to include a theme. Although most couples are not expert bartenders, with the help and guidance of a professional, they can find or create the perfect drink to match their theme. Some themes, especially location-based ones, like tropical, low country, or New England, have drinks that already exist. This removes some of the guess work for couples. For more unusual themes, the couple may have to rely on colours, flavours, and creative names to be sure that their guests can make the connection to the theme.
Dessert is probably the easiest course to incorporate your theme. The cake is often the star of the reception, and your guests will expect it to be a showstopper. Long gone are the days of a traditional, white wedding cake. Many couples use the wedding cake as a vehicle of self-expression, and this is perfect for a themed wedding. If anything, having a theme makes the cake designing process easier. If a couple were to have an art deco theme, they could incorporate the sleek lines and geometric shapes of the period into their cake.
Dessert is not always limited to cake, so why not have a bit of fun and create a themed dessert station? Think crepe station for a french theme, cotton candy stand for a carnival theme – the list is endless!
If you’re planning to party into the wee hours of the morning, a late-night snack might be a fun, unexpected treat for your guests. Depending on the formality of the wedding, this may give the couple an opportunity to loosen up. Many couples have turned to food trucks for their late-night snack. These are an excellent way to incorporate a theme, with seemingly endless cuisine options, from pizzas for an Italian theme, to fish and chips for a seaside celebration.
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