When looking for wedding inspiration, one needs look no further than the runway. Fashion is one of the best predictors of what will be in for your wedding, and its influence carries over to so much more than just attire. We’re covering some of the biggest trends for 2019 and how you can use these styles to influence your wedding menu.
Bows are back in! Look for them to be in fresh, modern placements rather than just the traditional waistline. You’ll see bows on the shoulders, dangling from the hip, spread across the chest, and tying together necklines at the upper back. Think also of bows attached to surprising outfit choices; we’re seeing bows attached to bridal jumpsuits and on mod sheaths. Should you choose an in-style bow, consider tying (pun intended) bow-like elements into your cuisine. Whether its a bundle of grilled vegetables tied with a zucchini ribbon or fondant bows on your cake, this style element carries over well into your menu.
2019 is the year of the ultra-modern detail. Geometric features were everywhere on the runways, with no harkening back to the classic aspects of Art Deco. We saw modern, sheer takes on horizontal stripes and polka dots. Designers such as Galia Lahav, Naeem Khan, and Justin Alexander all focused on intricate, laser-cut inspired details to overtake the entire fabric. 3D florals are still in style, as well, with designers adding them to every silhouette possible. Tying geometry into your wedding cuisine can be one of the most unique ways to make your wedding shine. We’d play with it with triangular shaped hors d’oeuvres, stacked entree plating in perfect rectangles, and a spherical dessert.
METALLICS AND GLITTER
What fun this trend is- metallics and glitter are everywhere on the 2019 runways. Everything from waterfalls of glitter to metallic-hued gowns were in this season. Silver and gold aren’t just accents anymore. Metallic fringe was used as an accent, and snowy whites were dusted with shimmer. One of the ways we love to bring metallics in is to add touches of gold leaf to our items. Look for our red beet macarons with goat cheese filling and their elegant dusting of gold leaf for a show-stopping appetizer.
PRACTICALITY AND MINIMALISM
At the other end of the spectrum, one can thank the Meghan Markle effect- a resurgence of minimalism has occurred in the bridal realm. Her classic and simple silk Givenchy gown appears to have inspired designers everywhere, who have returned to clean, crisp lines and embraced functionality in dress design (hello, pockets!). While one doesn’t usually think minimalism when it comes to food, we’re firm believers that choosing food of the highest quality means that less can be more. For example, our caprese skewers with balsamic pipettes not only present beautifully clean lines, but showcase the height of tomato deliciousness.
PANTS AND JUMPSUITS
Here’s a trend that was seen on every single bridal runway, from the most elegant of designers (Carolina Herrera) to the avant garde (Vivienne Westwood). Jumpsuits were everywhere and subtlety was not the name of the game. Picture sleek designs paired with capes, pants sets with elaborate trains, and illusion lace everywhere. There were even bridal rompers! We imagine the truly eclectic and innovative pair would choose this trend, and we’d design a menu to match, featuring a variety of stations and highlighting different cuisines. Perhaps this pair would like our hot siphon ramen station, our torched aburi sushi station, a playful build your own nacho bar, and ending with a build your own mini donut station!
A RETURN TO ELEGANCE
While all of these trends speak to a playful, unique vibe, we were delighted to see that traditional elegance is back as well. The runways showcased a throwback to old-school glamour with black bridal party gowns and three-piece suits returning. Men’s suits were back to the days of pinstripes and broad shoulders, while women’s gowns featured modern takes on classic silhouettes in traditional colors. Once again, we can likely thank the presence of two royal weddings this year for inspiring a return to old-school elegance. We’d match a classic wedding with a traditional menu with a modern flair; think crab cakes with a spicy remoulade paired with a beef tenderloin with a composed blue cheese butter.
As you can see, the bridal runways can lead to inspiration for all aspects of your wedding. We’re a huge fan of customization at Purple Onion Catering Co, and we believe in using your wedding vision to inspire your cuisine. Come to us for an individualized, fashion forward menu that perfectly reflects your style!