In the thick of engagement season, we are beginning to prepare for all of our 2014 weddings and we cannot wait! This year we are expecting some pretty spectacular wedding trends and our event managers are excited to raise the bar.

So what do we think 2014 has in store for the world of weddings? Read on.

 

1. Color Trends – Gold is in.

Like it or hate it, gold and metallic color palettes are taking off at special events. From gold invitations and menu cards to gold plates, silverware and favors, and even sparkling gold cakes, it seems like weddings are destined to be completely dazzling.

 


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2. Décor Trends – Fantastic Bars and Stations

Light up bars have been popular at events for quite a while now, but we anticipate 2014 weddings to take it one step further. BizBash shows off some truly amazing bars that we think are only the beginning in this trend:


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As we suspected, there is that gold again!
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3. Floral Trends – Vegetables and Succulents

Edible centerpieces? Not exactly.

It may sound somewhat wacky, but we are seeing it more and more. Our favorites include artichokes, pomegranates, gourds and radishes. Here are some photographs of our 2013 event centerpieces and florals. We can’t wait to see more of this in 2014!

Spring and Summer Florals - Catering by Seasons

Spring and summer florals with fresh mushrooms, artichokes, lemons and limes by Intrigue Design and Decor.

Fall Florals - Catering by Seasons

Festive fall florals with artichokes, pumpkins, gourds, cabbage, onions and more. Flowers by Suzann (left) and Intrigue Design and Decor (right).

Winter Florals - Catering by Seasons

Winter florals by Intrigue Design and Decor with pomegranate, berries, cabbage and mushrooms.

 

2. Food Trends – Spice it Up!

One thing we are seeing across the board: Couples are not afraid to add a little spice to their menu, whether it be in an hors d’oeuvre such as our Margarita Shrimp with Jalapeño Lime Sorbet, or an entree with a little kick. These days,wedding receptions are so diverse and interesting and our foodie brides and grooms want their menus to reflect that. Conservative guests can easily steer clear of those items that are a little too hot to handle.

Here’s a few of our favorites!

Margarita Shrimp with Jalapeño Lime Sorbet - Catering by Seasons

Seasoned Short Rib Tacos - Catering by Seasons

Cajun Seared Tuna on Quinoa Salad - Catering by Seasons

 

1. More Food Trends

You didn’t think we could limit it to just five, did you! There is so much going on in the world of weddings and we can’t stop chatting about it. Of course, first thing on our mind is food, food, food. Our Chef and talented event managers have been working with 2014 brides and grooms on some of the most incredible menus.

 

Most notable trends this year:

  • Make it interactive – People are looking to have a good time at weddings. With interactive food and stations, your guests definitely won’t get bored. 
  • Trendy stations – from omelet and baked potato bars to popcorn bars and s’mores stations, we are cranking it up, displaying food in a fun new way.
  • Take it to go – Give your guests something to remember with party favors and desserts to go. Our top recommendations – hot chocolate in personalized to-go cups and brownie lollipops to snack on at the after party!
  • Bring back some American favorites – reinvent the classics with cheeseburger sliders, bacon-wrapped everything, funnel cake and more.
  • Stay local – we’ve been saying it for years, so it’s not exactly a 2014 trend, but eating locally and sustainably is a trend that we hope is here to stay.

Food Trends - American - Catering by Seasons

American Favorites reinvented – miniature sliders (left) and bacon wrapped shrimp atop corn pudding (right).

Food Trends - Innovative Stations - Catering by Seasons

Fun stations – bourbon bar (left) and candy dessert station (right).

Food Trends - Stations and Snacks to Go - Catering by Seasons

Take it to go – S’mores station (left) and cheesecake pops (right).


For more details on weddings with Catering by Seasons, please contact our event managers at 301.477.3515 or email us at inquiry@cateringbyseasons.com.


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