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Top 10 Wedding Menu Trends of 2017

Top 10 Wedding Menu Trends of 2017

From doughnut walls to food trucks, find out the top 10 wedding menu trends of 2017 guaranteed to leave you and your guests with an unforgettable experience for your special day.


Farm Fresh

The key to having a menu full of tasty food is freshness.  “Farm-to-table” is the top trend in wedding menus for 2017, and it is not hard to see why. Not only are you guaranteed to have the freshest and tastiest ingredients, but you will also lessen your carbon footprint by sourcing all your food and drinks locally!

Perfect Pairs

You’ve found your perfect life partner, make sure your food has a buddy too! Food and drink duos are always memorable and hold a dear place in everyone’s heart. Spice up the appetizers by serving mini grilled cheese sandwiches with virgin Bloody Mary shooters, warm salted pretzels served with the perfect complimentary beer, or even mini tacos with mango or papaya Fresca’s! The options are endless.


Creative Sides

Make your wedding unforgettable by having creative DIY bars and food stations! Allow your guests to let their creative flag fly with a do-it-yourself taco bar or mimosa stand. Show off your personality by having different food stations available to satisfy everyone at the wedding. Kids, grandparents, and your friends will love the creative experience! The fun of DIY bars has no age!

Pass The Plate

Bump up the intimacy by performing family-styled dining. Instead of having your guest get up to refill their sides or plate at the buffet, have the meal and sides ready to be served at the table! Wait staff will refill the sharing dishes while you pass plates down the table just like at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.



Coordinate your meals with your personality by carrying a theme throughout your meals! Following the topic of the grand movie, The Great Gatsby, have your wedding guest feel they’ve stepped into the roaring 20’s with fancy champagne towers and seafood bars. Or pick a taste, like bacon or chocolate, to carry through each food piece or even drinks! Whichever it may be, choose your favorite to curate a menu using different variations of the selected ingredient.

Food Trucks

Shatter all the wedding norms by getting a food truck! Food trucks are and economical option with easy to eat food, so the partying will never stop. There are endless kinds of cuisines served via food trucks; you could get a few to form a whole gathering around the outdoor dancefloor and have a variety of food all guests will be satisfied!


Comfort Foods

No need to sweat over which kind of hors d'oeuvres to serve during cocktail hour, only take your favorite comfort foods and shrink them! Satisfy you and your guest's cravings with little tacos, one-bite spaghetti, and meatballs, mini grilled cheese sandwiches, even fried chicken bites. Everyone will love your choice of a familiar nostalgic flavor over fancy not-too-sure-how-to-pronounce-this hors d'oeuvres.

Unforgettable Roots

Carry the amazing cultural traditions of your wedding day to your menu! If you are marrying someone with a different culture than you, perhaps come up with a few “fusion” dishes to bring out the best in both of your cultures. Share with your guests the love you share for each other’s culture via pallet.


Late Night Snacks

Keep the party going by keeping your guests fueled up all night long with late-night snacks! You can restock the tables with pizza, dumplings, sliders, popcorn, or even an espresso bar next to the dance floor. Simple snacks based on your favorite comfort food will keep your guests dancing all night long!


Let There Be Brunch

Save some money by starting your service and reception a bit earlier in the day. Brunch styled menus with mimosas, bloody Mary’s, parfait bars and omelet or pancake stations are becoming more and more popular as couples are starting their “big day” sooner and sooner. However, breakfast for dinner is also growing in popularity amongst weddings in 2017. After all, anytime is Mimosa time!

Contact Happy H Ranch today for a list of preferred caterers skilled to specialize in whichever trend your heart desires.



  • Guest
    Sandra Patterson Monday, 29 July 2019

    Thank you for the great menu ideas! My sister has been thinking about what she wants at her wedding. I bet this could give her some good ideas for that!

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