Spring has officially sprung (hurrah!) and with the warmer weather, I have spring wedding menus on the brain! When it comes to your wedding catering, I firmly believe that seasonality is key. Using fresh, local produce is not only cost effective and kinder to the Earth, it actually delivers the best flavour payoff. A seasonal wedding menu also gives you the chance to surprise your guests with unique flavour combinations and unexpected touches. Whether it’s for afternoon tea or a curated grazing table, I always try to include lots of seasonal produce in the menu to reflect the season.

The best spring menus are all about light flavours and delicate textures, presented in a way that evokes the beautiful colours of the season. Think: lots of seasonal berries, fruit, vegetables and salads. While autumn and winter are marked by rich, heavy foods, spring is all about freshness and new life. Flavours that scream British springtime like pea, mint, leek or rhubarb. If you’re planning a wedding between March and May, here are some of the best ways to bring a touch of the season to your menu!

Get creative with salads

Light foods are perfect for sunny days, and salads are my favourite! I love how you can have so much fun with creative flavour combinations and also use colour to give that straight-from-the-garden appeal. Two of my favourite spring/summer salads are watermelon, feta and pomegranate with red onion and fresh garden mint, and a sweet and sour cucumber and dill salad. Both delicious!

Use seasonal herbs

Spring is the best time of year for herbs, and there are so many ways to incorporate them into your menu. I love chopping some fresh chives or dill into a warm potato salad. You could also serve a cocktail with a herb element, like champagne with lavender or a mojito with fresh mint leaves. Of course, herbs also make great garnishes, which is why I often use them on my curated grazing tables!

Incorporate plenty of fresh fruits and veg

There’s so much gorgeous produce in season at this time of year: asparagus, broccoli, new potatoes, peas, radishes, rhubarb and cucumber, to name just a few. I find many couples these days are looking for healthy menus, and a grazing table is one of the best ways to achieve this, as it presents lots of healthy options but in a decadent, luxurious way. Seeing fresh produce beautifully presented always gives a table that extra seasonal flair.

Serve sharing dishes

It’s amazing how much happier everyone gets as soon as the days start getting longer! Sharing dishes enhance this light, carefree mood by encouraging guests to interact as if they were at a family meal or picnic. It’s one of the reasons I love Italian style eating! Some of my sharing favourites include quiches and tarts that incorporate seasonal produce, potato salad with herbs, or a poached side of salmon with dill sauce.

Keep desserts light

In line with the rest of your menu, you’ll want to keep things nice and light for dessert. Stick to flavours like vanilla, lemon, berry and floral. And of course, use edible flowers as a garnish. I love creating spring dessert tables that have that garden flair!

One thing’s for certain – spring is the perfect time to graze! Whether you’re considering a luxe grazing station to replace canapés, or going all out with an Italian-style feast for your event catering in Surrey, give me a call!

Dani x

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