Traditional thoughts about weddings have changed. Nine out of 10 brides say they are open to non-traditional wedding gowns, and nearly half say they would wear white to their second wedding, according to the study, “What’s on a Bride’s Mind,” by David’s Bridal.
The wedding dress is not the only part of this ceremony that’s changing. With people busier than ever and always on the move, it’s no surprise that this lifestyle has made its way into wedding planning and has influenced the type of foods served after the couple has said, “I do.”
“Beautiful food stations accented with gorgeous linen and stunning floral are the hottest trends at weddings today,” says Steve Kemble, who appears on Style Network’s Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? and was at the helm of the “I Do Crew” in ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Wedding Edition. “More and more, the seated dinner is going by the wayside. I find that most wedding guests simply don’t like being trapped at a dining table all night. Having your guests seated at a table for hours can quickly zap the energy right out of your special night, unless of course you have a celebrity chef such as Wolfgang Puck preparing the food!”
Saying “I Do” to Sushi
If you have the budget, Kemble says the hottest food station trend he’s seeing is the sushi station. “You will especially be in favor with all your health-conscious guests,” he says.
Marcey Brownstein, owner of Marcey Brownstein Catering and Events in New York, N.Y., agrees. “Our modern raw bar is very popular, which features oysters, sushi rolls, ceviche, shrimp cocktail, crab and avocado salad, etc.,” she says. But she does warn that a larger budget is needed for this type of food station, and that it’s not for every crowd. “If the client doesn’t have the budget to do it right (propping, enough staff to replenish) or if they have very hungry guests (I am Jewish and this doesn’t always work for a Jewish crowd or a crowd that likes super hearty food), then they should stay away from this trend.”