When it comes to planning a spring wedding, the menu is one of my favorite parts. So whether you’re having an intimate celebration or minimony over the next few months or have your eye on a spring 2022 wedding date, there’s never a bad time to start considering your spring wedding menu!
Of course, when choosing any great menu, seasonality is always key. If you’ve chosen a spring date, it only makes sense that you’d want to celebrate the coming of warmer weather by serving foods that bring the best of the season to your guests’ plates. A spring wedding menu will also ensure that your wedding catering matches the overall feel of your big day. Plus, there are so many delicious spring flavors to choose from!
Here are some top tips to help you design the perfect spring wedding menu.
Freshness is key. Spring is the time of year when vegetable gardens start to come back to life and fruit trees begin to bloom again. A spring wedding menu is the perfect place to showcase this bounty by incorporating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. For example, asparagus, artichokes, rainbow carrots, heirloom tomatoes, and sweet spring fruits like strawberries. Many of your guests will also be pleased to see healthy, plant-based items on the menu.
Make salads a feature. While winter and fall menus are all about warming, hearty dishes, spring is for light, flavorful options. So make salads the star of the show! Invite your caterer to get creative with flavor and color combinations, and opt for fresh herbs and mixed greens for a straight-from-the-garden feel that will delight guests’ palates.
Spring lamb. Looking for a protein that really speaks to the season? Think lamb. It’s a classic spring flavor and works beautifully with the seasonal vegetables available this time of year. Nobody will miss the traditional chicken or steak with this on your spring wedding menu!
Signature spring cocktails. Why not consider a seasonal cocktail? Crisp, refreshing beverages are perfect for warmer weather. For example, Bellinis or refreshing Mojitos. Or how about a signature cocktail incorporating fresh lavender or botanical infusions? Serve them pre-mixed to avoid guests having to queue up at the bar.
Keep desserts light. In line with the rest of your menu, it’s a good idea to keep desserts light and airy. Floral or citrus flavors always go down well, as well as classic vanilla. Keep it bite-sized with French macarons or individual mini tarts made with strawberry, rhubarb or lemon.
Of course, if you love these ideas, there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate them into your wedding at another time of year to evoke a carefree spring feeling. And one thing’s for certain: your spring wedding menu will have guests coming back for seconds – no matter the month!