Top 3 Picks For An 'On Trend' Reception Menu

Image via Showtime Events Centre

We live in an era saturated with food blogs, reality cooking shows and self-confessed food snobs where food has undeniably evolved from just a fuel that keeps us alive to a cultural phenomenon!

With everyone assuming the critic title, the idea on what to serve your guests for your wedding can be quite daunting – and rightly so! To stay ahead of the game and impress even your most fashion forward foodies, the team at Showtime Events Centre has put together our predictions for the biggest culinary tends about to swoop the wedding world…

All Day Breakfast

We all brunch. It’s what we do. So it’s only natural that breakfast cuisine would slowly start escaping from its morning boundaries and find its way into our evening thoughts.
Incorporating treats that would traditionally be served prior to 12pm is such a fun way to inject some spunk into your festivities!

Think along the lines of a pancake station, loaded with fruits, choc chips and whipped cream! The essential “smashed avo” favourite can make its appearance during canapés, with the help of some crispy bacon topped with feta.

Or how about a “recovery breakfast station” as a replacement to the “sooo-overdone lolly buffet”? Let’s swap the gummy bears with some granola, and the freckles with some dried fruit! Wha-la! We have super fun stations for your guests to get ahead of their hangover and prepare a delicious paper bag (sealed with twine of course) full of yummy goodness for the morning after.

Family Ties

Pulling away all the glitter and tulle, a wedding is essentially a celebration to bring 2 families together. What better way to unite the sides with food!

Using an old family recipe can be such a special touch to the day and really brings it all back to earth with crowd-pleasing recipes that everybody knows and loves!

You could use Uncle Robs’ infamous barbeque sauce for the chicken drummets during cocktail hour. Mum’s peach marmalade picked straight from her garden as your favours? Or use Nonna’s Apple Pie recipe passed on down through the generations as the star for dessert.

It’s such a touching way to include another loved one in the celebration, and can give your guests an insight into your childhood memories closest to your heart.

Antipasto Everything

We seem to be obsessed with presenting our platters on wooden boards, slate, tree stumps, marble and tiles and we certainly don’t see this trend disappearing anytime soon.

Agreed, the visually stunning concept of a full table dripping with endless varieties of cheeses, cold meats, breads and fruits is not a new concept –however, we only see this idea taken to a whole new level in 2017!

Think freshly sliced prosciutto as the chef lays a toasted baguette with ripe tomato and dresses with a balsamic reduction right before your eyes. An array of freshly made dips, as the pita bread is toasted warm to order. Visually we’re looking at more opulent displays including hanging deli meats, a backdrop of shelves ladened with jars and spices, and natural timbers to bring warmth and love into the setup. It’s the perfect multi-purpose element – it tastes delicious and adds instant theming to your celebration! What more could you ask for?!


Ms Chinoiserie Says: I love the idea of including special family recipes; how lovely to see Nanna’s delicious apple and berry crumble served for dessert!

About Showtime Events Centre: Our award winning venue boasts spectacular views of Melbourne’s city skyline and is superbly positioned along the Yarra River on South Wharf. With a vibrant mix of the old and new, our venue has retained heritage features whilst incorporating current and stylish contemporary designs to create a modern, open space with delightful original touches.

1. Our flower crown workshops! We may be biased! Champagne, ladies and flowers – the best combination for all hens’ parties. Image by Anne-Claire Brun.

2. We are so in love with everything to do with foliage. We hope this wedding trend never ends. At the moment, our favourite foliage is the olive branch! It can be used in many ways from buttonholes, bouquets or laying cut long lengths down the table to create simple and stunning centrepieces. Image by Luisa Brimble.

3. Natalie Sitka Art. We love this talented illustrator. Often it’s hard to part with our bouquets so Natalie will paint them so we can have a pretty reminder. Natalie is perfect for invitations and pretty illustrations from your big day too. Image by Natalie Sitka.

4. Trophy Wife Nail Art are the best in the biz! You can choose from a more natural nude colour or a bold quirky design. Perfect to suit any bride and an awesome treat for the bridal party before the big day. Image by Trophy Wife Nails.

5. At the moment, we are obsessed with over-sized bouquets! They definitely add the WOW factor when walking down the aisle. Image by Albert Palmer Photography.

Ms Chinoiserie Says: So sweet; I love the pretty watercolour illustrations too – what beautiful keepsakes!

About The Gathering Florist: As a Melbourne and Geelong based floral studio, we create whimsical and romantic flower arrangements and installations for weddings. Flowers are our life! If you imagine it, we can bring it to life.

Have you ever had an Irishman tell you a tale? At Iconic Pictures, we think there’s something quite mesmerising about it (it was so poetic) – and we were just instantly captivated. So you can imagine our delight when celebrant, Michael Dillion, was chosen to tell the beautiful story of Laura and Declan.

Their relaxed summer wedding was held on the 29th of December 2016, during that amazingly blissful stage in between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, when everyone just wants to have a good time surrounded by their family and friends.

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautiful poem – and how wonderful to have that memory captured on film!

About Iconic Pictures: We specialise in candid and natural cinematography, dotted with rustic and vintage charm. Our beautiful video captures are filled with the genuine little moments that make a wedding day special, and without pose or direction – they ensure your love is captured in moving picture perfection. Our talented team adore making our couples laugh and cry (tears of the happy variety), and to be able to create ever-lasting memories of their special celebration is exactly why we love what we do.