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20 Wedding Food and Drink Trends for 2020 - Part 2

Last week we looked at the first 10 of 20 wedding food and drink trends in 2020 inspired by real weddings, that offer you and your guests relaxed dining options, engaging displays, and details that tell a tailored story. Read on to see the next 10, including the one trend that's always in!

11. Themed Cocktail Hour

Whether it's based around an idea like a picnic or a tasting, or a food like wood fired pizza, themed cocktail hours give the pre-dinner hour more interest and can be one of those details that help tell your story as a couple.

12. Plant Based Options

Food for guests that embraces plant based options is growing in popularity, not only for its sustainability factor, but also for its health benefits. Plant based doesn't have to mean sacrificing on taste or texture, it can be the opposite! Guests may not even realise their sweet treat, like an Oreo cupcake, is plant based.

Photo: Georgian Roots

13. Interactive

A little hands-on element in food and drink creates more of an engaged experience for guests. This mimosa bar wall let guests choose how they wanted to build their own cocktail.

Photo: Georgian Roots

14. Self Serve Bars

Like the mimosa bar wall in trend 13, a self-serve bar in addition to a served bar is a great way to speed up any line that might form at the bar, and make your wedding feel more relaxed and intimate. There are so many great ideas for self-serve bars, choose an idea that enhances your decor and reflects part of your story.

15. Alfresco Cocktail Hour

Even if your ceremony and dinner our indoors, an outdoor cocktail hour is a popular option for a fresh change of scenery. It gives an opportunity for guests to soak up some sun, have some great photos outdoors.

Photo: Samantha Erin Photography

16. The Cheese Hour

Similar to a themed cocktail hour, some couples are subbing out hors d'oeuvres during the cocktail hour and making it entirely about cheese. There are even some great vegan cheeses (think cashew) available now too that can make the hour tasty for everyone. You can even number and label your cheeses with cute flags to indicate to your guests the order that the fine cheeses you selected are best tasted.

Photo: Samantha Erin Photography

17. Dessert and Drink Digestifs

Offering a dessert with a matching drink is a new trend to wrap up your dinner hour, and we are super excited about it!

Think peach cobbler with bellinis, irish cream coffee with chocolate cake, or gin and tonic with lemon squares. The options are endless and oh so good.

Make a list of favourites drinks and desserts, and then mix and match to come up with one or three great options to serve at a dessert and drink bar for your guests. Cherry cheesecake and limoncello over ice anyone?

Photo: Georgian Roots

18. Late Night Comfort Foods

Grilled cheese, fries, mac n' cheese, tacos, bbq, doughnuts, funnel cake, gelato, soft serve -- these are all delicious options for late night comfort foods that you and your guests can enjoy to keep the energy going and soak up some of the night's drinks. Chat with your caterer or bring in a food truck or two!

Photo: Georgian Roots

19. Free Style

Alternative ideas for cocktail hours and after dinner foods have been a theme of the trends for 2020, and this trend of a free style reception fully embraces that more relaxed approach to wedding food. Some couples are opting to do away with the formal sit down dinner altogether and offer guests an evening at their own pace. Offer lots of food, drink, seating, and activity options to your guests throughout the evening for this relaxed wedding trend to make it a success.

20. The one trend always in style - your favourite things

What food and drink brings you joy? The answer to that question is what you should incorporate into your wedding. Sharing with your friends and family the things that you love gives an authenticity to the day that will make it fun and memorable.

That's all for this week's post and wraps up our 2 part series on 20 wedding food and drinks trends we're seeing in 2020.

Join us next week when we compare the budget, atmosphere, and activity options of outdoor vs. indoor weddings!

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