Food Ideas for Themed Weddings
Are you choosing specific colors for your wedding, or are you planning a themed wedding? While some may choose décor and flowers to be in that season’s hottest color as a theme, some may have a hobby or interest they want to express in their wedding.
Themes may be brought to life in the décor, the music, the attire and other aspects of the wedding. Being a foodie, I want to highlight food! I have had clients who have really incorporated a lot of their theme in most aspects of the wedding, but keeping it classy and not going overboard.
So, if you love food too and want to make sure your wedding menu carries out your theme, here are some wedding food ideas for popular themes.
A Midsummer’s Night Dream
Think green and light. Greens and fresh fruit. Start with a green puréed cold soup, a crisp salad, a main course adorned with greens and lots of beautiful fruit for your sweets at the end.
There are many green options for fruits and vegetables, but choose what is in season at that time. This will save on costs, and ensure you have good produce. A June wedding, for example, is the perfect time for broccoli, asparagus, snow peas, cucumbers..etc. Fruits that are in season in the summer include cherries, blueberries, blackcurrants, plums…etc.
This Shakespearean theme highlights love. What food says love more than strawberries and chocolate? Think aphrodisiacs like oysters, caviar and basil. Delicate canapés like sushi and cream puffs are also fitting.
For the main course, don’t leave your guests starving. Serve whatever you and your groom love, but accent with foods that remind you of romance, like beets or berries.
For the wedding cake, whimsical is definitely the way to go. However, remember that it is still a wedding cake, so tell your cake designer that you like whimsical, but beautiful as well.
When I think of the 1950’s, I think of a casual malt shop, very Happy Days. The foods that come to mind include cheeseburgers, fries, milkshakes, bottle Cokes…etc. Sodas can be poured from old soda fountains.
BBQ is an option as well, if you do go the casual route. However, if you want to go a little more formal, start with melon ball or seafood cocktails, canapés and a variety of dips for crisps. For the dinner, try a pea or cream of tomato soup to start and buttered veggies with veal chops or salmon steak for the main.
The cake can be decorated with polka dots. And for a fun cake topper, try a cool antique car or a bride wearing a poodle skirt.
Some drink ideas include a Sidecar (cocktail made with cognac, Triple sec, lemon juice and a sugared rim) and Daiquiris. And, of course, the milkshake, whether non-alcoholic or spiked is a must. Root beer floats and sodas all around!
Think of food that reminds you of princesses. Peas represent The Princess and the Pea, while apples come from the story of Snow White. Love seafood? Think The Little Mermaid. For something a little heartier, think game meats such as deer, veal, turkey, duck, rabbit… etc. You can add a delicate touch by skewering them on sticks or press into gourmet sandwiches. Princesses are royalty, so consider foie gras and caviar.
Presentation is very important. Rent some delicate and lovely silverware and glassware for a majestic feel. The cake can be a glass slipper, a castle or a big Cinderella pumpkin carriage. Or, order a tall, magnificent white or pink cake and have Cinderella top the cake.
Some fine wines and pink bubbly are great drink choices.
Teatime with scones probably comes to mind right away when you think Victorian wedding. For a wedding, you definitely have to serve more than this and have a full menu consisting of soup, fruits or salad, main course and dessert. Soup would be something smooth and thick and main course a fish or meat option served in a sauce. Also, you can serve hot and cold meats, lobster patties, cheese and fruit tarts. Specialty items such as sweetbreads, foie gras and caviar also carry out the theme.
Present your food in porcelain or crystal platters and offer guests matching dinnerware. Make sure everything matches on your table.
A traditional Victorian wedding cake is comprised of three cakes, the actual wedding cake, the bride’s cake and the groom’s cake. The wedding cake is a rich fruitcake, the bride’s a white cake and the groom’s cake a dark cake, usually chocolate. Don’t forget the really elaborate wines and of course some tea.
Written by Rita Wong, Rita Wong Events http://www.ritawongevents.com/
Rita Wong is a wedding and events planner and owner of Rita Wong Events. Based in Montreal, Rita also plans many weddings every year for brides living in Toronto and abroad. She is a dedicated follower of new trends and her goal is to give each bride a wedding that is fresh, unique, and a personal reflection of who they are. She now shares her professional insights with slice.ca.