2019 Menu Ideas for Spring and Summer Weddings

April 24, 2019 Susan Douglin

Selecting the right menu for your wedding is an essential part of how New York Wedding Planners will put your entire vision together for the big day. The season you choose to get married in will have an influence on the type of food and ingredients that are elected, and if they tie in well with your theme, it’s a win win.

Like all trends, preferred foods change by the season and it opens up the opportunity for your caterer to choose fresh and flavorful in-season ingredients that pair well with your wedding theme and colors. A seasonal wedding menu will help keep your wedding unique if you know which foods and drinks to serve when you’re looking to impress your guests.

New York Wedding Planners know that your wedding menu will be impacted by the wedding reception style which means that if you’ve decided on a sit-down dinner, there are specific food choices that would go better than if you’ve decided on having a buffet and vice versa. You can also keep the season in mind during cocktail hour by choosing hors d’oeuvres that match the season’s trending colors. Adding menu cards to each table would also be an excellent touch, and if you really want to wow your guests, create unique names for each plate that go hand-in-hand with the season.

Spring 2019 is here, and the summer is right around the corner so here come the seasons where we play up colorful and light flavors. Now is the time select herbs, fruits, and veggies that are in season such as melons, apricots, mint, lavender, and asparagus. These are the seasons where New York Wedding Planners choose foods that compliment your floral décor to add more bloom and light to the atmosphere.

Below you will find some inspiring wedding menus for Spring and Summer weddings.

Menu Ideas for a Spring Wedding

Appetizers:

  • Assorted charcuterie board
  • Colorful fruit bar
  • Mixed green salad with a raspberry infused vinaigrette
  • Deconstructed bruschetta
  • Mini shrimp salad rolls

Signature Drinks:

  • Bellinis
  • Raspberry coolers (champagne and raspberry sorbet)
  • Mint Juleps
  • Make-your-own Mimosas
  • Assorted flavors of lemonade (such as lavender, raspberry and peach)

Main Courses:

  • Orange-soy glazed scallops
  • Lightly seasoned trout with parsley-caper vinaigrette
  • Spring vegetable risotto
  • Grilled rack of lamb with asparagus
  • Herb roasted chicken and rice with fresh apricot

Cake and Desserts:

  • Lavender wedding cake
  • Macaroons
  • Petit Fours
  • Colorful candy bar
  • Grab-and-go cotton candy stand

It’s no secret that June-September are the popular months to get married, especially if having an outdoor wedding is part of your vision. So whether it’s a backyard wedding, a wedding on the beach, in the park, or if you want to bring it indoors to keep guests from melting in the heat, consider some of the summer menu ideas we’ve listed below.

Menu Ideas for a Summer Wedding

Appetizers:

  • Miniature crab cakes
  • Antipasto display
  • Caprese salad
  • Shrimp gazpacho
  • Frozen watermelon slices  

Signature drinks:

  • Cocktail Paletas
  • Basil Gimlets
  • Mai Tais
  • Sweet tea
  • Cold sodas  

Main courses:

  • Pulled pork sandwiches
  • Grilled chicken with sweet summer vegetables
  • Brisket with mashed potatoes
  • Lobster mac and cheese
  • Shrimp and grits

Cake and desserts:

  • Naked wedding cake
  • Strawberry shortcake
  • Ice cream sandwiches
  • Snow cone cart
  • Peach blueberry cobbler

If you feature some of the summer favorites into your wedding menu like watermelon, peaches, cucumber and basil to embrace the season, it will help your guests stay cool from the scorching hot weather. Keep that sentiment in mind when selecting the cocktails and desserts too!

New York Wedding Planners keep the time of year in mind for your wedding because of how it will impact your dining options, and part of their job is to work closely with the caterer, bride, and groom to design the perfect wedding menu for you. There are various ways to have fun with your wedding menu and adding seasonal elements will really make the entire menu stand out!

We encourage you to join us at what is anticipated to be this year's best events industry trade show in the United States. Join the top events industry professionals at The Event Planner Expo 2019 to see what innovative wedding menu ideas will inspire your food and drink choices.

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