Expected Wedding Food Trends for 2021

Updated 12/23/2020

One thing people remember after a wedding is over is the food — especially if it was particularly unique or bad. Put some thought into the food you offer to keep guests happy. Check out these expected wedding food trends for 2021 covering everything from the wedding cake to late-night snacks.

Cocktail Hour Wedding Food Trends

With social distancing still expected to be in place for at least part of 2021, individually plated appetizers are trending. These may be brought to the tables by the catering staff to minimize lines and gatherings. Examples include single-serving charcuterie or grazing boards and plates with samplings of bite-size appetizers.

Wedding Cakes

Mini wedding cakes promise to be the big thing for 2021, as smaller celebrations are likely to continue to be the norm through much of the year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Cake decorating may include items with personal significance, hand painting, and texture. Drip cakes and metallic cakes will also be more common. Individually packaged desserts will also be prevalent this year. Cakes and desserts are more likely to be brought to the table and may even be packaged for people to enjoy later when they get home.

Main Meal Service Wedding Food Trends

Couples have moved toward more inclusive menus that provide food suitable for all guests rather than having guests request special meals. With the trend for more sustainable weddings, food is often made with locally-sourced ingredients. Some couples choose to offer a mix of different types of food from various cuisines. Buffets will be less common due to concerns about crowding and contamination. Instead, couples are opting for anything from plated meals to sack lunches. Some are skipping the main meal altogether and only offering cake and champagne.

Late Night Snacks

Some couples skip the desserts altogether in favor of savory snacks, such as cheese or charcuterie boards, pizza, burgers, fries, or grilled cheese sandwiches.