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Get trendy with your wedding menu

Here's how wedding menus are popping out of the cliched box

Breaking Timelines

Performances and laidback ceremonies, especially at destination weddings, tend to create an atmosphere that’s ideal for relaxing at the venue. To cater to this, breakfast-lunch-dinner buffets have given way to brunches and late-night snacks. “Usually, the younger guests skip dinner and stay up till the wee hours. At such times, the caterer is asked to provide an after-party snack such as finger foods or sandwiches,” says Kamakshi Kothiwal, Director, The Wedding Planning Company.

That means, sticking to the cliched breakfast-lunch-snack-dinner routine is no more a norm. Shift and play around with the timings as per the ceremonies and the comfort of your guests. all you need to keep in mind at this point is to have food ready at regular intervals so at no point your guests are left starving.

Remember, well-fed guests are usually the best ones!

Getting Fresh

Arising awareness about healthy living has transformed wedding feasts in subtle ways. Besides the appearance of fresh fruits and salads, caterers are cooking up low-calorie menus that appeal to the health-conscious gourmand. “Thanks to the rising number of health-conscious individuals, detox menus have started trending at weddings!” says Kamakshi Kothiwal, Director, The Wedding Planning Company. According to her, after two to three days of partying, the afterwedding brunch/lunch usually comprises detox foods. “Such menus are packed with fresh fruits, salads and soups. This helps if guests have to travel back home after a destination wedding,” says Kothiwal.

This trend simply points at how wedding menus these days are turning out to be thoughtful. The buffet tables are no more a crowd of cliched dishes, but are turning to innovative options keeping the guests’ palate in mind.

Tell A Story

These days weddings are turning out to be more than just a ceremonial experience. And now wedding mavericks have taken to the art of story-telling to captivate the interest of the guests.

Wedding food trends are yearning to provide a holistic experience to guests. Wedding planner Devika Narain, Owner, Devika Narain and Company says, “We want to make weddings an experience that appeals to all senses. Entertainment, music, fragrance and food are critical components to this experience, which is why we now weave a story around it.” A recent wedding at Suryagarh hotel in the Thar Desert was inspired by its natural surroundings. “The bright and colourful palette was also reflected in the food and its presentation. The dishes, inspired by the street foods of India, were displayed on carts,” says Narain.

Narain’s company worked with Suryagarh to integrate the food display into the décor. “The sit-down dinner on long tables under the open sky was inspired by the royal kitchens of India. The pre-plated menu was presented in silver thalis covered with a ghoongat made of green chanderi,” says Narain. Advising couples to get innovative with wedding food, Narain adds, “Food plays an integral role in Indian celebrations and we always try to make connections with it. [Often] food is the reason families come together.”

Photos: Stories by Joseph Radhik, Getty Images

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