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Food Bars Are The New Wedding Craze

Jun. 5th, 2012 | Comments 3 | Make a Comment   
Photo Credit: Amy Atlas
Long gone are the days of just a simple (or not-so-simple) three-tiered wedding cake. While the classic confection is still popular, now often found in creative sizes, shapes, hues, and adorned with many embellishments, different desserts and other culinary concoctions are popping up more and more at weddings around the country.

When creating a wedding menu, it can be difficult to get creative because you have to cater to so many people, ergo the usual meat, fish, and vegetarian options. But with other parts of the big day, there is a huge opportunity to customize what's being served. It's no surprise that the cupcake craze is still around, making appearances at tons of nuptials, but the fun does not stop there.

Breakfast bars, popcorn bars, fro-yo stations, macaron mania — these are just a few of the ideas that grace our list of truly original ideas for wedding eats. The day should be a snapshot of the bride and groom, from the small details to every last expense. That can mean everything from serving Grandma's famous cookies (a childhood favorite) to sending guests home with jam from your hometown or an array of popcorn from a memorable vacation spot.

To make sense of it all, create framed notes or mini chalkboards explaining how the food is related to you as a couple.

Bruschetta Bar

Get your fixings on! With enough toppings to create an endless outcome of bites, guests will enjoy crafting their own crostini.

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Milk & Cookies Bar

How simple is that? Mix it up with chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and some sandwich cookies. Have them homemade by friends and family or pick some up from a local bakery and pass along to your caterer.

Photo Credit: Maddycakes Muse

Bloody Mary Bar

Everyone has their own version, so have guests make it how they like it. Spicy, sweet, vegetables or not cater to their tastes.

Photo Credit: Hello Love Photography

Loaded Mashed Potato

Not everyone likes their tots the same way, so provide the spuds and let guests make it their way with endless fixings like chives, bacon, and Cheddar.

Photo Credit: Lucy Dylan Weddings

Cereal Bar

This bar is perfect for kids. Have a nostalgic bar filled with your favorite morning fare. Display in clear canisters for pops of color.

Photo Credit: Maddycakes Muse

Breakfast Bar

If your party is heading to the wee hours for an after-party, have something to sop up all the open bar drinks from the cocktail party and the reception. Breakfast burritos, an omelette station, pancakes, and fresh juices make for a nice pick me up!

Credit: Dustin Meyer Photography

Frozen Yogurt Bar

Addicted to Pinkberry? Yeah, join the club. If youre a health nut or just love the tart treat, create a bar catered by Pinkberry themselves with fruit and dessert toppings.

Photo Credit: Pinkberry

Popcorn Bar

Fun for while the speeches are being given, have a popcorn cart so that guests can have a viewing snack. Kettle corn, caramel, Cheddar, bacon mix it up and supply classic carnival bags, too!

Photo Credit: P is for Party

Pie Bar

Pies are all the rage right now, and they're making appearances in every flavor and in every shape. Represent your hometown with a specific flavor or your grandmothers classic blueberry pie. Also, pie pops make great favors as well!

Photo Credit: Katie Stoops Photography

Comfort Food

The cocktail party is where to show your foodie flare, so have all your go-to comfort foods like sliders, mini grilled cheese, and gourmet fries.

Photo Credit: Person+Killian Photography

Health Bar

For the health nut, create a green alternative as a contrast to all the calorie loading thats going to be happening throughout the night. Make it colorful with fruits and vegetables and have various dipping sauces.

Photo Credit: Amy Atlas

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3 Comments on this Article

vision20 commented on June 18, 2012

Thanks for the article. This is definitely becoming a trend. We had a desert bar and candy bar at our wedding and it definitely was a hit.

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Yvone commented on June 18, 2012

This is a fantastic article with some really great ideas! Food stations had become more and more popular when I was still working as a wedding planner, but this takes it even further. I particularly love the idea of the late night breakfast bar, cereal bar and milk and cookies bar. Genius!

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Chef William Neal commented on June 7, 2012

Love this style.....Many of the most recent events I have designed use the "food bar" style....

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