Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Summer Wedding Menu Ideas That Will Get Your Mouth Watering

The most popular time to get married is during the summer months. The temperatures are warmer, the weather in most parts of the country is beautiful and there is a better chance of having a day that is perfect for outdoor weddings. Just as different styles, colors, decorations and themes of weddings rotate out with the season, so does the menu. Summer opens up an avenue of different foods that are prime for the sunshine season.
Summertime in the eyes of many means spending time outside and enjoying the sweet sunshine. With so many summer weddings being held in open-air venues, the menu should also reflect that feel. Here are some tasty summer foods you can feature on the menu of your special day.
Many people associate the summer with being poolside and by the grill. Bring a little grill magic to the start of your reception by serving mini burger sliders. Guests will love this favorite summertime food and appreciate that they aren’t as messy or filling as having a whole burger.
Caprese Kabobs
Kabobs have an association with being an outdoor grill side food. While this appetizer doesn’t touch the grill, it takes a salad favorite and puts it on a stick for quick and easy snacking while socializing. Tomatoes are in season during the summer making them a great combination with fresh mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinaigrette.
Spicy Grilled Baja Chicken
Any grilled entrée is a great summer wedding menu option. Avoid the heavier fare of steak and pork and go with a nice grilled chicken. Add a slight spice to the chicken to give it a little kick. Serve with rice, black beans, fresh salsa, avocado and other summer greens that are in season. Get the recipe here.
Picnic Flair
Another popular trend for outdoor weddings is to have the menu take on a more chic version of a picnic. Serve up BBQ chicken, pulled pork or even a brisket instead of garnishing your plate with fancy and expensive fixings. Feature favorite BBQ side dishes people love like potato salad, coleslaw, fruit salad and other picnic favorites. Your guests will love having their favorite summertime comfort foods.
Gelato Bar
Give your guests a treat they can cool down with. Set up a gelato bar with all of your favorite flavors. Guests will love having the option to choose between flavors and indulge in a dessert that is different than traditional pastries and wedding cake. For even more fun, set up different toppings to let you guests customize their treat even more.
S’mores are a forever classic summertime dessert that will be great for your outdoor wedding. Set up a s’mores bar complete with graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate and sticks to roast them on. Either give your guests a small flame light to roast it over or light up a fire pit as the sun goes down. It will make for a sweet way to wind down the night.
Pour It Up
Spiked Arnold Palmer and Lemonade
Instead of spending a large amount of money on an open bar, buy your own spirits and make drinks to be served in large pitchers. Take fruity summertime favorites like Arnold Palmer or lemonade and add your choice of alcohol. Follow this recipe as an outline to avoid making the drink too strong. Serve in mason jars and add fruit slices for the full summer effect.
The summer season is a big time for wine and vineyard tours. Bring the vineyard to your wedding for your sommeliers. Offer a curated wine list that even the pickiest of guests can appreciate. Different wines are best in certain temperatures, seasons, with certain foods, etc. Luckily many wine experts have created lists of the best wines for any season. Check out the top wines for the summer, without breaking the bank.
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1 comment:

  1. Truly great menu ideas for weddings. I am trying to find apt Chicago event venues for arranging a dinner party for my friends. Planning to hire a reputed caterer too who can prepare awesome food for the event.


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