How to Plan a Unique Menu for Your Summer Wedding
By Christina Howard
According to Inspired Bride, about 40% of weddings take place in the summer months. Chances are, you are even attending a wedding this summer! Make your event stand out from the crowd with a summer inspired menu – fresh from The Gourmet Kitchen!
Begin with a revitalizing beverage
- For an easy breezy summer wedding, make sure your guests have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. Water infused with mint or cucumber and flavored iced teas or lemonade make a great addition to any menu – and they look gorgeous too!
- Greet your guests with a signature cocktail when they arrive. Not only is this a great way to get the party started, but your guests will feel like they’re in a five star resort! Try a popular summery drink, like a Moscow mule or fruity summer sangria that everyone is sure to love.
- A souvenir bottle of water with a picture of the couple and the wedding date keeps guests refreshed during the ceremony and doubles as a party favor! Bonus: a personalized koozie that guests can take home is both functional and fun!
Add crisp hors d’oeuvres
- Hire staff to pass appetizers during a cocktail hour or before dinner. A cold hors d’oeuvre may be a welcome addition to a hot day.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are not only in season, but they look beautiful on a serving tray. Try watermelon for a versatile hors d’oeuvre or caprese skewers (tomato, mozzarella, and basil) for a dressed up option.
Prepare a sizzling entrees
- Nothing says summer like an outdoor BBQ! Hamburger sliders, grilled chicken and vegetable skewers, or a fresh fruit bowl are a cinch to serve. Seafood is an often overlooked BBQ item, but nothing beats fresh fish or jumbo shrimp grilled to perfection.
- Reminisce about your days at the county fair with a carnival inspired menu – try grilled hot dogs, a popcorn bar with several different toppings, or even a funnel cake!
Finish with sweet treats that double as entertainment
- Instead of (or in addition to!) a cake, incorporate lighter desserts into your menu. Bite sized brownies, fruit pies, or lemon bars are always a good option. Bonus: hire an ice cream truck or provide assorted popsicles as a late night snack!
- Who doesn’t love a good campfire? If your venue doesn’t have its own campfire ring, ask if they can rent one. When the sun goes down, let guests roast marshmallows and assemble their own s’mores!
Now that your menu is set, get outside and have some fun in the sun!