Refreshing food ideas for your spring wedding
10 Mar 2022
Glean inspiration from these ideas for your spring wedding menu
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Deciding on a menu for your wedding day can be overwhelming with a plethora of dishes to choose from and dietary requirements to consider. There also needs to be a balance between serving light bites and satiating guests’ appetites. If you’re looking for some food inspiration to discuss with your caterer, read on to see our ideas for a spring wedding menu.
Entrée and canapés
Take advantage of the fresh seasonal produce on offer for your spring wedding. Consider simple, healthy dishes that can suit any style of wedding such as a beetroot salad. Oysters are also an entreé option for seafood lovers. In the northern hemisphere, oysters are best eaten between September and April to avoid the milky, soft texture they can have in the summer months. You can serve these molluscs at a help-yourself oyster bar or as a formal wedding entrée.
Vegetarian spring rolls can make for a delicious, light canapé. Grilled asparagus is another vegan and vegetarian friendly option, whether it is served alone or added to the canapé or entrée dish. We have an excellent springtime asparagus recipe to bear in mind when speaking with your caterer.
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Make the most of the warmer weather and longer days with an outdoor, informal wedding by using street food trucks. Enjoy a woodfire pizza, spicy paella, a crunchy taco, messy burger or classic fish and chips.
For a more formal sit-down menu, a slow roasted lamb shoulder is a filling dish but can be paired with fresh vegetables for a springtime twist. Look to side dishes with leafy, spring greens and vegetables such as cabbage, peas and cauliflower. A crunchy radish salad can pair nicely with lamb. Salmon is also easy to eat and a light main meal.
Soup can fill your guests up before the cake and desserts, but can also keep everyone warm if the weather takes a turn. Try a courgette, cheese and potato soup or cream of broccoli.
Whether your wedding style is formal or laid back, make sure there is at least one meat, one fish and one vegetarian or vegan dish to satisfy any dietary requirements your guests may have.
Dessert and snacks
Let your wedding guests pick and choose with a spring themed dessert table. Serve soft meringue topped with cream and strawberries, or try bite-sized poffertjes. This Dutch dish resembles mini pancakes, and can be served with an abundance of fresh fruit and decadent sauces at your dessert table.
Warm Belgian waffles topped with fresh cream and strawberries are bound to hit the spot with your guests, especially in the capricious spring weather. Mini pavlovas can be a light bite-sized treat to satiate rumbling stomachs, and they are also available as a vegan alternative by replacing egg whites for chickpeas. Little jars of colourful fruit parfait are a great way of sampling the best produce of the season, and smooth chocolate mousse will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.
Guests could also snack on charcuterie boards throughout your special day. This is also a great opportunity to utilise the local spring produce. Consider cherries, melons and apricots for your fruits, as well as a selection of meat, cheeses and bread.
Of course, no wedding menu would be complete without a selection of drinks. Mint tends to be harvested in late-spring through to mid-autumn, so consider beverages such as a mint and cucumber gin and tonic, or a virgin mojito as a non-alcoholic option for guests. A strawberry mojito or strawberry daiquiri would perfectly suit a late spring wedding.
Homemade lemonade could also be served at a small, intimate wedding reception. Alternatively, jugs of lemonade and iced tea could be made up and placed in the middle of each reception table.