Having a spring wedding? Infusing the flavors of the season into your wedding day is a must for creating a fully immersive experience for you and your wedding guests! To do that, it’s all about using refreshing elements in an unexpected way, and adding in some classic comforts. Winter is officially over, and the fresh herbs and fruits of the season are in full bloom. It’s an amazing time to create a delicious wedding menu that will leave your guests delighted.
Speaking of guests! Food is a massive part of your wedding day experience. Oftentimes, it’s the one thing about your wedding day that your guests will talk bout the most once all is said and done. Creating a menu that highlights the flavors of the season enhances the experience you’d like to provide your guests. Which is a major win for an epic spring wedding!
Your cocktail hour is the very first part of your wedding day where guests can savor the flavors of spring! Kick things off with spring cocktails that will set the tone for the rest of your wedding day menu. Keep in mind, your signature cocktail will be served throughout the duration of your wedding, so something that goes side by side with small bites and dinner is a great way to add that invigorating feeling of spring to your wedding day. Here are a few cocktails we love for cocktail hour at a spring wedding!
A classic mint julep is bourbon, simple syrup, and muddled fresh mint. Put your own spin on it by using shaved ice or topping it with a fresh lemon slice!
It’s spiked, obviously! We’ll let you decide what to spike it with but Grey Goose is a sure hit for this fruity refreshing drink with floral notes. Work with your mixologist to see if a spritzy version of this cocktail is better suited to your menu.
Believe it or not, strawberries are a spring crop! Which just opened up a whole slew of options for your spring wedding menu including cocktails, salads, and desserts! A strawberry spritzer will come together with lemon-lime soda, muddled strawberries, basil, and a splash of your favorite adult beverage to top it off!
A splash of champagne or prosecco with muddle fruit or a fresh fruit garnish will take this brunch classic and up-level it for your wedding day cocktail hour!
Spiked Arnold Palmer
Iced tea and lemonade? Yum! Iced tea and lemonade topped off with vodka or bourbon? Even better! Your guests will love this classic refreshing drink but in cocktail form!
Cocktail hour is not in full swing without delicious small bites to go along with those amazingly refreshing cocktails you plan to serve your guests. Here are some amazing small bites for your guests to enjoy!
Mini Chicken Sliders
Chicken breast sliders! Skip breading any protein until dinner. This is strictly to satiate your guests until dinner. Top grilled chicken sliders with arugula, roasted red peppers, and a lemon aioli!
Who doesn’t love a savory bruschetta bite? Serve these toasty bites of french bread with basil pesto, and fresh sliced tomatoes topped with burrata or mozzarella cheese.
Who says you have to wait until dessert to serve fresh berries? Serve up some farm fresh berries to your guests on skewers or in small cups topped with fresh cream!
Baby portabellas filled with stuffing infused with fresh herbs of the season! Rosemary, sage, thyme, and parsley are all in season for spring and any of the above would make an amazing choice for fresh house-made stuffing prepared by your culinary team.
Grazing boards or charcuterie will never be out of season, and you won’t catch us saying otherwise! To make it feel like spring, you’ll want to add fresh berries, goat cheese or Boursin, asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, jams, honey, whole grain crackers, and slices of fresh french bread!
Every formal, plated meal kicks off with a salad course. Starting off your dinner service with a salad course is a great way to tantalize your guest’s palettes for the main course and also aid in digestion.
If you haven’t had arugula, it’s peppery in nature, and when paired with the right flavor profile, something you’ll keep stocked in your fridge forever! This is a somewhat simple no fuss salad for your first course. Arugula is paired with radicchio, and fennel and topped with lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt, and pepper.
This one is an instant crowd-pleaser! Mixed greens with fresh sliced strawberries, pecans, crumbled feta, and topped with a drizzle of balsamic reduction, or balsamic vinaigrette. Your guest’s taste buds will be dancing after this first course!
Roasted beets sit on a bed of baby spinach with crushed walnuts, crumbled goat cheese, and juicy orange sections. This is not just a salad, it’s an experience, trust!
Not everyone loves beets, walnuts, and goat cheese, and we totally get that. If you want to keep the menu looking familiar, a Cesar salad with a lemony garlic dressing as opposed to the traditional creamy dressing will still evoke the flavors of the season!
This is not the first time asparagus has made a guest appearance on this list, and it’s safe to say it probably won’t be the last. Grilled, cut asparagus, mixed with baby greens or arugula, and topped with sunflower seeds, crumbled feta and a savory lemon tarragon vinaigrette, your guests will run home and try to recreate this salad, but it will never taste as amazing as it did at your wedding!
It’s time for the main course! A spring wedding dinner menu should be bursting with flavor and texture while aiming to celebrate the season. Here are 5 plates you are guaranteed to love!
Spring Pea Ravioli
Spring peas have entered the chat! These delicious spring pea ravioli can be served as a main or a side, totally your choice. They pair warm, cozy ravioli with ricotta, parmesan, spring peas, and a savory white wine sauce for spring wedding menu perfection!
A slow-roasted chicken dish is a recipe for love, at least according to Ina Garten, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle! We are more than happy to follow their lead. Work with your culinary team on a menu that includes a roasted chicken main course that is coated in sage and your favorite fresh herbs, and don’t forget the “good” Kosher salt!
Grilled, or pan-seared salmon on a bed of arugula with a side of grilled asparagus, it’s light, flavorful, healthy, and sumptuous all in one!! Want to up-level this dish? Have your culinary team top it with shaved parmesan and your taste buds will dance!
Look, we love an amazing pasta dish, don’t you? Shrimp served with penne, spring peas, cherry tomatoes, basil, and parmesan! Serve it with a light cream sauce or a simple drizzle of olive oil. Either way, it’s sure to be a favorite among your guests.
Roasted Spring Vegetables
This side dish is simple, filling, and delicious! Potatoes and baby carrots roasted to crispy perfection and topped with olive oil, salt, and the fresh spring herbs of your choice.
Spring Wedding Cake
The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived, it’s time for cake! There are so many options for creating spring wedding cakes. Creating a wedding cake to suit your menu is a sea of different combinations of cake flavors and fillings. So we thought it would be fun to break out the flavor profiles by category and let you follow your own inspiration combination! This will give you the flexibility to work with your baker on keeping your cake choice cohesive with the rest of your spring wedding menu while allowing room for design, which is a hugely important aspect of creating your dream wedding cake!
- Pink Lemonade Cake
- White Cake
- Raspberry Walnut
- Champagne Cake
- Vanilla Cake
- Chocolate Cake
- Pistachio Cake
- Strawberry Shortcake
- Key Lime Cake
- Lemon Drop Cake
- Lemon Curd
- Strawberries & Cream
- White Chocolate
- Raspberry Chocolate
- White Raspberry Cream
- White Vanilla Bean
- Cream Cheese
- Strawberry Chiffon
- Marshmallow Cream
- Almond Buttercream
BONUS! After Party Eats
An afterparty is an exclusive event for you, your partner, your wedding party, and a select few others. If you plan on having an afterparty, you have to know that food is one of the most important experiences at your afterparty. It’s right up there with your guest list, attire change, and choice of entertainment!!
So, we thought it would be fun to give you a few ideas for after-party bites that will help keep that spring experience going, all night long!
- Burrata Pizza
- Burgers on a brioche bun topped with cucumber dill tzatziki & sliced red onion
- Shrimp tacos topped with pickled radish
- Crispy french fries with scallion aioli for dipping
- Lemon bars
- Lemon pound cake w/choclate fondue
- Strawberry popovers
- Cheesecake bites