Flowers are in bloom, love is in the air, and spring is finally here. With all of the romance and blossoms around us, it’s no wonder so many people choose a spring wedding. Spring offers better weather than fall or winter and you’re less likely to be competing with guests’ vacation plans than those planning summer celebrations. Of course, it should come as no surprise that venues and vendors book up months or even years in advance for this desirable time.
Whether you’re putting the final touches on your upcoming spring wedding, preparing for next year, or just daydreaming of the perfect ceremony, planning a wedding can be a lot of fun. Most couples spend a lot of time searching for the perfect venue and the dream dress but studies show that it’s the reception, not the ceremony, that has become the central element of modern weddings.
Couples are inviting fewer people to watch them tie the knot and having larger and longer evening events instead. This means that picking the right wedding food is more crucial than ever.
We’ve picked out 10 of the most Instagram-worthy wedding dishes to delight guests at your spring wedding.
10. Scallops on The Half Shell
More palatable and prettier than the traditional oysters, scallops make an ideal appetizer for your spring wedding. The dainty shellfish gives a sense of luxury and elegance without taking away from the main courses to come.
Dressing the scallops with apple, shallot, and vinegar to give a fresh flavor. You want to whet your guests’ appetite without leaving a strong, lingering aftertaste. Serve the scallops directly as an appetizer for sit-down dinners or as part of a buffet. Just make sure you provide guests with an easy way to dispose of shells.
9. Potato and Roe
Your guests won’t believe their eyes when they see the humble potato transformed into something so elegant. When planning your spring wedding, take inspiration from top London chef Claire Smith and top potatoes with roe or caviar. This pretty dish can be served as either an appetizer or as part of your main course. Just be sure to choose pairings well, to preserve the subtle flavors of the dish.
Smith finishes her version with edible flowers and fried potato chips, but you could opt to present yours on a bed of salad leaves or by decorating the dish with a dash of crème fraîche.
8. Eye-Popping Pineapple Cake
This eye-catching wedding cake will certainly make your spring wedding the most memorable of the year. The golden creation from Adorn Cakes is made of a 4-layer sponge cake with a cream filling. This is covered with molding chocolate, sculpted, and then painted with a mixture of edible gold powder and lemon extract. The result is a truly memorable edible artwork.
Serve this cake as an unusual topper for your wedding cake or have individual ones created as the centerpiece for each table.
7. Fruit Ice Cubes
These tasty little ice cubes pull some serious double duty: they’re delicious, eye-catching, totally Instragrammable, and stop your guests’ drinks from getting watered down. Whether you’re serving white wine, cocktails or soft drinks be sure to add these clever coolers to your spring wedding menu. Throw in some edible flowers or culinary herbs for an extra treat.
6. Floral Salad
What could be more stylish than perfectly co-ordinated bridesmaids? Matching your entrée to your bouquet of course!
This salad should be very lightly dressed, you don’t want the violas weighed down with heavy oils. If you’re going for super cute wedding favors, why not include a packet of seeds so your guests can grow their own? What better way to remember a spring wedding than with delicate flowers that will bloom again and again?
5 Flower Garden Desserts
While we’re on the topic of edible flowers, have you seen these flower garden desserts? They’re molded inside eggshells and look more like decorations than desserts. Again, coordinate with your florist so that you can match your desserts to your bouquet or table decorations. You could even create special versions for your bridesmaids and groomsmen.
4. Love Is All Around Cake
A savvy wedding planner knows better than to neglect the kids’ table. By serving kids the same dishes as adults you are practically inviting tantrums from fussy eaters, as well as wasting cash on elegant meals that will go un-eaten. Instead, make sure you include special kid-friendly foods in your spring wedding. This “Love is All Around” cake by Cleo Buttera is the perfect example, it’s sweet and simple enough to suit most kids’ tastes and is pretty enough that your adult guests will want to grab a pic before it’s all gone.
3. Stuffed Artichokes
Artichokes are the perfect addition to a spring wedding menu, as they’re in season until May. Vegetarians, who often find themselves drawing the short straw at wedding receptions, will be especially delighted by these satisfying breadcrumb-stuffed artichokes. Serve with potatoes as a veggie alternative to a classic roast meat dish.
2. Edible Nests
Spring is traditionally associated with nature and birth and you might want to include this theme in your spring wedding, especially if you’re preparing to start a family.
These mind-blowing edible bird nests by Ideas in Food are made of corn silk. That’s right, you know those stringy bits on your corn cob that you usually throw in the trash? Well, it turns out they can be transformed into edible art! When the silks are fried at a high heat they puff up, turn golden, and can be arranged into realistic-looking bird’s nests. Top each one with a single chicken egg or a few quail eggs and you’ll have your guests cooing with delight.
1. Personalized Honey Jars
When you’re planning which food to have at your spring wedding, don’t overlook the wedding favors! Jars of honey make the perfect gift because they’re easy to transport, keep for a long time and your guests will remember your special day every time they eat it. Spring is the perfect time to use fresh honey as a wedding favor, as it will be at its sweetest.
You can personalize your honey jars with personalized tags or labels to make them extra special.