Planning a summer wedding involves thinking about the right foods that are appropriate for the season. After all, the last thing that you want to serve, especially during an outdoor wedding under a tent, is hot soup or other foods that will make your guests feel even more uncomfortable in the heat. Therefore, it is important to take the time out to pick and choose the right dishes that your guests will love and remember even after your event is over.
If you need help creating a spectacular summer wedding menu, continue reading for a short list of some of the best foods that you should serve at your special event.
Fresh salads are a great way to incorporate a healthy yet delicious food into your wedding menu. Serve it as one of your appetizers or as part of your buffet menu. Incorporating fresh summer fruits, such as blueberries, strawberries, and more, into your salads will make them even tastier, cooler, and appropriate for the season. Because this meal is a cold dish, your guests will enjoy consuming it even if your wedding is outdoors.
Light grilled entrees are a much better way to go for a summer wedding than your typical heavy entrees served at weddings during other seasons. Go for lighter meats or even vegetarian options. The more creative you get, the more unique your wedding will be. And the lighter your entrees, the more energy your guests will have to party the night away because they will not be weighed down by heavy meals that will make them feel hotter and more sluggish.
From ice cream to sorbet, you can add more to your dessert menu than just your wedding cake. Consider serving mini desserts, such as small pieces of cheesecake or key lime pie and other summer favorites as well. Again, the idea is to keep things light so that your guests are not weighed down in the heat. If they can pick and choose a variety of small desserts and top these with some cold ice cream, they will be happy and satisfied.
Have Plenty of Refreshing Drinks on Hand
Alcohol is one way to get your guests ready to party, and iced cocktails work wonders at cooling people down as well. But because alcohol can also be very dehydrating in hot summer temperatures, consider having plenty of delicious non-alcoholic beverages available too. Everyone can enjoy summer favorites, such as iced tea and lemonade, or you can work with your bartender to come up with delicious creations that are unique to your wedding. You may even choose to serve non-alcoholic versions of everyone’s favorite cocktails so that they can get the flavor without the dehydrating alcohol.
When it comes to planning any summer event, especially a wedding, what you serve to your guests is really important. To keep them comfortable, serve light meals that are refreshing, cold, and deliciously energizing so that your guests will remain cool and ready to celebrate.
The author of this post, John Morris, is a part of the team at Over The Top Shelters which manufactures a range of portable sheds in Concord, New Hampshire. He is an outdoor person and he often goes on camping trips with his family.