Wedding food and drink trends from Bride: The Wedding Show at Bournemouth International Centre exhibitors

02 Jan 2019

For couples marrying in 2019 and beyond, here are some ideas to ensure their wedding menu wows

Image: Beales Gourmet Catering (Joe Weil Wedding Photography)

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A wedding is memorable for many reasons, but the food and drink will always leave a lasting impression with wedding guests. From the post-ceremony canapés and wedding breakfast to the all-important cake and evening drinks, food and drink plays a focal role in the order of events so it is essential that the menu is given much thought. 

Here, a host of exhibitors set to feature at Bride: The Wedding Show at Bournemouth International Centre from February 23-24 share the trends for the year ahead in wedding food and drink.

Gin and cocktails

Outside Bars Dorset, stand 105

Outside Bars Dorset is a mobile bar for weddings, parties, functions and events covering Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and surrounding areas.

Chris Young, owner of Outside Bars Dorset, says: “2018 was a massive year for gin, with an influx of new micro distillers emerging and with a dozen or so in Dorset alone. 2019 is looking like another popular year for this ever favourable drink. Another new trend is cocktails, this market is increasing with the likes of 'alcopop' sales reducing. Outside Bars Dorset has invested heavily in this market and purchased an automatic cocktail machine to fill this gap in the local market. Using an app, the customer can pick their own cocktail and watch it being made in front of them.”


Naked cakes

The Crumbs Project, stand 101

Established since 1997, The Crumbs Project offers professional catering services to ensure a memorable wedding menu. 

Erika Sloper, food services manager at The Crumbs Project, says: “Our naked wedding cake continues to be popular for 2019 weddings. It is so moist and fresh looking, plus this amazing cake will sit as a centrepiece to complement your décor until you are ready to cut it during the evening. 

“A naked wedding cake can feature any flavour too – from carrot cake to gluten-free options. The most popular flavours are currently chocolate, vanilla sponge and lemon drizzle. Use a different flavour for each tier to give your guests a great choice. Decorate with flowers to match the bride’s bouquet.” 


Roast dinner

Beales Gourmet Catering, stand 302

Covering Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire, Beales Gourmet offers delectable catering for your wedding day.

Tony Beales, managing director of Beales Gourmet, says: "Weddings don’t need to be too formal. One dining trend that is gaining popularity is the 'Table Roast'. Boards of succulent meat joints are brought to your table ready carved, along with sumptuous sharing bowls of seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes and not forgetting the Yorkshire puddings." 


Tantalising flavours

Dream Cakes By Michelle, stand 501

With a passion for creating wedding cakes with the wow factor, Michelle Harrington of Dream Cakes by Michelle can bring your cake vision to life.

Michelle says: “Wedding cakes have really changed over the years, from the traditional fruit cake with pillars to well and truly anything you could want. The biggest change I have found has been with regards to the type and flavour of the cakes. Most couples now opt for sponge cakes with exciting flavours such as coconut and lime or mango and orange. However, following Harry and Meghan’s wedding, the most popular wedding cake flavour is lemon and elderflower. 

“The look of the cake has changed too. New styles such as the naked cake, geometric cake and organic cake are now proving popular.” 


Bride: The Wedding Show at Bournemouth International Centre runs from February 23-23 (10am to 4pm) and features a wealth of local wedding suppliers, show-exclusive deals and discounts and a spectacular catwalk. Tickets are £5 each or £15 for a group of four in advance (booking fee applies). Tickets are £7.50 on the day. For more information, visit

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