8 Wedding Catering Trends We’re Predicting for 2019

8 Wedding Catering Trends We’re Predicting for 2019

Queenstown Wedding Catering Trends

When it comes to planning a wedding, catering is one of the most important (and fun!) components to organise. It’s no secret that we all love food.  And unique, flavourful dishes are a great way to bring your guests together on your special day. After all, bringing people together is what weddings are all about.  In this blog post you’ll find our predictions for Wedding Catering Trends in 2019.

If you’re looking to create a menu that impresses, keep these wedding catering trends we’re predicting for 2019 in mind.

  1. Affordable and Creative Wedding Catering

D.I.Y. Catering

Depending on your specific requirements, wedding catering can really set you back. If you’re looking to cater on a budget, you might like to consider self-catering your wedding. This might sound overwhelming initially, but with a clear vision in mind, the right catering equipment, catering supplies and some helping hands, you’ll find it’s surprisingly achievable. You will also have the benefit of having complete control over all the details of food service at your wedding.

Once you have decided on a theme, you can go about preparing a simple menu and use your presentation skills to fancy things up. A long grazing board of cheeses, meats, dips, crackers and fresh vegetables is easy to put together and always looks exciting. Combine this with gourmet frozen foods that can be reheated, plus bakery and deli items from your local favourite and you’ve got yourself a very impressive, budget-friendly spread.

Queenstown Wedding Catering Trends

2. Mini Appetizers

Going small is a sure-fire way to make a big impression in 2019 and, as mini appetizers grow in popularity. and definitely one of the Hot Wedding Catering Trends for 2019.  This could mean anything from serving soup in shot glasses, to cute sliders, to fresh ceviche in an attractive serving spoon. The sky really is the limit when it comes to making your food mini.

3. Fusion Food

It’s likely you’ve attended a wedding with a set 3-course menu that ties nicely together at some stage.  But what if that doesn’t feel right for you as a couple? Creating a fusion menu can not only be more representative of your individual personalities, it can also provide a more exciting culinary experience for your guests as they journey through a variety of different flavours.

4. Sharing Plates

Offering sharing platters is one of the best ways to get conversation flowing amongst your guests, by encouraging a more communal dining experience. Think traditional cheese and charcuterie boards, or get creative with cuisines that lend themselves to sharing, such as Greek, Asian, or Mexican.

5. Food Trucks

These days food trucks are everywhere, and some couples looking for a more casual wedding are now choosing these over the traditional sit-down dinner. Food trucks are a unique and fun way to provide your guests with a range of food options.  With so many to choose from there’s bound to be a truck that suits your style.

Queenstown Wedding Catering Trends

6. Interactive Service

One of the biggest Wedding Catering Trends we’re predicting is more interactive service. This means moving away from a formal service with waiters serving up individual dishes, to a more casual style. We’re talking more communal-style seating arrangements.  Think pop-up cocktail and dessert stations that allow guests to mingle and interact while watching dishes or drinks being prepared.

7. Brunch & Breakfast Weddings

If you’re planning a wedding, you may have noticed that daytime events tend to be cheaper than those held in the evening.  One of the Wedding Catering Trends we’re predicting is the rise of the breakfast and brunch weddings! A popular brunch trend we’ve seen emerging is a long, grazing style table adorned with fresh fruits, pastries.  On top of this, picture hot food being prepared at dedicated stations and breakfast cocktails like mimosas and bloody mary’s flowing.

8. Desserts Taking Centre Stage

Gone are the days when the wedding cake was the main dessert event. For Wedding Catering Trends in 2019, we’re predicting an explosion of dessert options, as couples and pastry chefs strive to impress with bigger and better desserts. We’re seeing cupcake towers making a massive comeback, along with cookie tables; even doughnut walls!

Author Biography

Name: Paul Ormerod

Role: Nisbets – General Manager


Bio: Paul Ormerod is the Managing Director of Nisbets Australia & NZ and is passionate about helping hospitality businesses succeed by providing a one stop shop that makes catering equipment simple.

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