Catering a Winter Wedding
Catering a Winter Wedding
While wedding season is typically recognized as early May through October, there are many brides that opt for a dreamy winter wedding. There’s something magical about the holiday season when the snow is falling, and the fire is roaring inside. Winter weddings can have cozy themes, filled with beautiful rich color schemes like crimson and forest green or gold and silver. When it comes to the food and cocktails, winter wedding catering tends to lean towards seasonal comfort foods in a formal environment, while decorations can be natural and earthy or elegant and fancy. If you are planning a winter themed wedding and need some inspiration, fear not! At Deborah Miller Catering, we have the best tips to start planning your winter-themed wedding.
Winter Wedding Table Decorations
If you are planning a winter themed wedding, you’ll want to look at the table decorations to set the mood. Winter weddings call for beautiful warm candlelight, greenery, and rich, deep flowers. Choose centerpieces that complement your color theme. For example, you can go with an earthy theme with pine needles and pine cones or an elegant winter wedding theme with beautiful towering white flowers, baby’s breath, and candles. Branches are also popular centerpieces for winter wedding and make a dramatic statement.
Winter Themed Wedding Cocktails & Appetizers
As your guests move from the ceremony to the cocktail hour, you’ll want to serve winter cocktails and appetizers to continue with the seasonally focused theme. Winter weddings traditionally food inspired by holiday parties with cranberry and brie, caramelized pear and fontina tartlets, and chicken parmesan heroes with mozzarella and reggiano. Play up rich meats and cheeses like pepper crusted tenderloin crostini and manchego bites or honey crostini with ricotta. Whatever appetizers you choose for your winter wedding, ensure they are rich and decadent.
To accompany your seasonal appetizers, you’ll want to choose the perfect winter cocktails. When it comes to winter cocktails, you can go with a classic glass of champagne or whiskey on the rocks. However, we urge you to also offer a creative cocktail like a Winter Spiced Old Fashioned with orange peels or Cranberry Vodka Cocktail with a sprig of rosemary and real cranberries for a garnish on top. Our team at Deborah Miller Catering will be happy to help you create the perfect winter cocktail that not only complements the season but fits your unique tastes and vision.
Winter Wedding Food Ideas
Seasonal comfort food is always popular during the winter months. To plan your winter wedding menu, think of food you’d typically have at a black-tie holiday party and start building your menu from there. Start with a creamy, comforting soup like chicken and vegetables or creamy lobster bisque and choose accompanying starting salads that are hearty and filled with pears, gorgonzola, and pecans.
For the main feature, we always like starting with the main dish and building out complementary seasonal side dishes from there. When it comes to planning the perfect winter themed wedding menu, we like serving up ham or turkey at a carving station or serving plated prime rib or chicken marsala. Seafood like fish and lobster are wildly popular during the winter months as well.
Comfort side dishes like mac and cheese or fingerling potatoes will pair perfectly with your main dishes. One of our most popular stations at winter themed weddings is our mashed potato bar, where guests can add all their favorite fixings! Add in sour cream, chives, bacon bits, cheese, and anything else that can be stuffed into a potato.
Finally, choose a seasonally sourced vegetable, like asparagus with lemon zest or brussel sprouts with shallots and pine nuts.
If you are looking for winter wedding food ideas, Deborah Miller Catering can certainly help! We’ve helped New York City brides create the best winter wedding menu that’s filled with delicious, fresh, and innovative food.
Choosing your Dessert Menu
After dinner and speeches, all eyes will be on the dessert menu! Since winter is the perfect time to play around with sweets, there are a lot of imaginative dessert ideas you can incorporate into your winter themed wedding.
Try setting up a hot chocolate bar and allow your guests to add in their favorite toppings like pretzels, whipped cream, candy, and peppermint sticks. Place your hot chocolate bar alongside a candy bar where vases and clear canisters are filled with all your favorite candies like M&Ms and Skittles.
When it comes to choosing your wedding cake, we can’t help but think a winter wedding screams chocolate or red velvet. Be sure to offer your guests a shot of liqueur, Irish cream or even whiskey to top off your evening. After all, winter is all about indulgence and decadence!
Start Planning your Winter Wedding with Deborah Miller Catering
The easiest way to start planning your winter wedding is with help from Deborah Miller Catering. Allow us to help you design your table decorations, plan your winter wedding menu, and bring your vision to life! With our custom menus, we can create a dreamy winter wedding that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on you, your significant others, and your friends and family. We source local and seasonal ingredients and hold each dish to the highest standard. As a leader in the New York City catering industry, we are on a mission to create the ultimate winter wedding of your dreams. Browse our custom wedding menus online for some inspiration, then contact us to start planning your winter wedding menu. We look forward to working with you!