"On the sweet side of receptions, couples are forgoing the traditional wedding cake and opting for other great alternatives beyond the cupcakes of years past," says Karen Bussen, celebrity wedding planner and David's Bridal style council member. "Giant towers of fresh strawberries, croquembouche, and even wedding pies are all great ways to celebrate the moment! Also popular for next year, mini snacks served on the dance floor as guests are partying, small shot glasses of custards, mini churros with warm chocolate, you name it!"
"One of the hottest trends is food trucks coming to the weddings for midnight snacks like: sliders, hot dogs, crispy cream donuts, even some brides would have the espresso trucks instead of the regular espresso bars," explains Nahid Farhoud of Wedding Elegance by Nahid. "After parties with lounges, midnight snacks and special effect lights to turn it to club feeling."
"The most unique thing I have seen lately is the elimination of the cake all together and incorporating a bevy of pies for that special 'cake cutting' moment," says Kimberly Chiu, owner, CEO and head designer of Papeterie.
"Wedding brunches at home are also popular," says Andrea Correale, president and founder of Elegant Affairs. "They are cost effective and easy to produce with or without a professional caterer. In this scenerio you dont have to provide a fully stocked bar. A mimosa would be more than enough."
"Dont over feed," says Jess Gordon, party planner, author, and event designer. "Do little tastings of things instead of making every course like you're going to the chair...go easy on the cocktail hour if you are having a full seated course dinner or vice versa: splurge on that raw bar for cocktails but go with lighter tasting fare for the dinner."
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