The summer is heating up and so is the wedding season. I have been seeing some interesting trends so far this year.
There have been fewer wedding cakes, brides are choosing to do something special instead. Fresh baked cookies from mom and grama, decadent chocolate desserts, fresh baked pie. Last weekend we had a decadent pavoloa (a baked meringue cup) with fresh raspberries and chocolate marquis, and fresh lemon tarts. And some great hazelnuit toffee cookies - even I want that recipe!
I mentioned this earlier on our Facebook page, and someone asked about the tradition of feeding cake to each other. It is meant to symbolize the bride and groom's commitment to taking care of each other; so I speculate the tradition of mashing cake in the other face is meant to symbolize a good humored marriage!
The feel the trend this year is definitely a more home spun and casual feel. From mismatched flatware and china to backyard BBQs. The feel is friendly and laidback. People are moving away from the formality of assigned seats and identuical tables, instead using small, medium and larger tables to break up the room.
After 20 years of catering I always look forward to the fresh ideas of a new season.