Hot Wedding Catering Trends for 2010

Cocktail weddings are on the rise, late-night snacks are here to stay, really local menu ideas, and more -- see the hottest new catering trends of the year.
by the knot
  1. Mad Men-Inspired Cocktail Weddings

    photo by Anita Calero
    Re-think a sit-down reception dinner and go for more of a cocktail party, inspired by the cocktail hour era of the 1950s and 60s.  Serve old-school cocktails (like gin and tonics and whiskey sours), hire a live big band (or ask your DJ to stick to the classics), and order up a menu of heavy hors d'oeuvres and food stations.
  2. Really (Really) Local Menus

    photo by Thia Kong Photography
    Make menu choices that showcase your city. So have Idaho potato crisps wrapped in paper and passed around during the cocktail hour, serve mini pulled pork barbecue sandwiches for a Kansas City wedding, get mini deep dish pizzas for a Chicago wedding, or cheese steak sandwich bites for a Philly wedding -- you get the picture.
  3. Family-Style Table Service

    photo by Karlisch Photography
    Give your sit-down dinner reception more of a dinner party vibe by having dinner passed family-style. So instead of plated meals, each dish is passed around the table for guests to help themselves.
  4. Interactive Food Stations

    photo by Anne Ruthman Photography
    Consider yourselves total foodies? Get guests excited about the menu with interactive food stations, manned by talented chefs who can chat ingredients and cooking methods. Some interactive food station ideas: stir-fry stations, grilling stations, sushi-rolling stations, tortilla-making stations, and more.
  5. Late-Night Bites

    photo by Alison Gootee
    Just as the evening is nearing the end, surprise guests with a late-night snacks. Treat everyone to milk and cookies, have a souped-up french fry table complete with specialty sauces or hire a taco cart, waffle truck, or ice cream truck as a special treat before sending guests on their way.
  6. Over-the-Top Desserts

    photo by Annandale Photography
    End the night on a sweet note and order a dessert course. Make it the late-night snack or to go along with wedding cake after dinner. Do mini creme brulees, a s'mores station, or even a ice cream sundae bar complete with all the toppings!
  7. Personalized Cocktail Napkins

    photo by Agnes Lopez Photography
    Okay it's not exactly food, but presentation and personalization is key to a memorable meal. So let guests in on your favorite movie quotes or throw out fun facts about the two of you by printing them onto the cocktail napkins.

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