7 Fun Food Ideas to Make Your Wedding One-of-a-Kind

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wedding cupcakesPlanning a wedding? Forget the canapes and poached salmon. Wedding planners are starting to get a little more fun and a lot more creative when it comes to catering. What are the latest trends in wedding food? Hopefully nothing old, lots of new, something borrowed -- from a barn -- and something blue -- like a Popsicle!

Food trucks -- Brooklyn couple Amy and Michael had their wedding catered by Rickshaw Dumplings, Schnitzel & Things, and Country Boys (tacos). The grub was wildly popular with the guests and actually relatively easy on the bride's and groom's wallets.

Picnic lunch -- Los Angeles couple Rebecca and Derek sent their guests off to the park on cruiser bikes and then served a picnic lunch in baskets. Then the guests rode to a local ice cream shop for ice cream sandwiches.

The ethical menu -- Will and Kate (aka Royal Couple #1) went local and sustainable for their wedding reception. Same with Royal Couple #2: When Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock wed, Chef Alain Ducasse sourced all the ingredients from within a 6-mile radius of Monaco. When Chelsea Clinton got married, not only did she go locavore, it was also vegetarian.

Farm wedding -- Along those same lines, and closer to the average non-royal person's budget, there is the farm wedding. Whether it's a strawberry farm or a pear and apple orchard, half of your food is already there! Get on the local/sustainable wagon; resistance is futile.

Wedding cupcakes -- Some couples are skipping the wedding cake and going for something easier and less formal: cupcakes. Arranged on a tier, they make for an elegant presentation. You can see some fun ideas via Cupcakes Take the Cake. But look out, cupcakes. I hear wedding whoopie pies are catching up.

Casual -- Wedding food is lightening up with food that's anything but stuffy -- including comfort food, Popsicles, popcorn, and old-fashioned candy. These mini burgers were served with sides of ketchup cups with just a few fries in each. Cute! 

Mini, not meal -- Cupcakes, sliders, and dumplings are all part of a larger wedding food trend: small bites instead of full meals. Caterers all over are reporting that rather than serve a large, sit-down meal, they're getting requests for hors d'oeuvres. Even Kate & Will went little.

What's the best wedding food you've eaten lately?


Image via Shauna Younge Dessert Tables/Flickr

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Saman... Samanthamommy

I'm already married, but cute ideas.

momka... momkaribg

I am going to a farm wedding in sept it will be interesting to see.

bether89 bether89

I have not been to any weddings lately.  I like the cupcakes idea.

JHanc968 JHanc968

Cool ideas

weddi... weddingideas

Very good article and nice presentation. Thanks!

Storm... Stormywaters03

I like the idea of going fun with the food!  It'd be fun to do colored caramel corn in an engraved cup for guests to take home!  Just brainstorming, lol!

frysh... fryshannon34

I havent been to a wedding since I was a kid

KamiB79 KamiB79

Great ideas!

sodapple sodapple

I haven't been to one besides my own. =/ but those are great ideas I like the food truck one.

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