Wedding Food: Traditional vs. Modern Cuisine

When it comes to wedding food, you usually have a choice between traditional and modern cuisine. Both options have their merits and the decision ultimately depends on your personal preferences, the wedding theme and the overall atmosphere that you wish to create.

There are a variety of ways to  look at how you decide upon your menu.

Firstly, there is how you will serve the food?

You could opt for a plated dinner, or you could choose a buffet which leads on to how you organise dishes, maybe place them at various food stations, or you could embrace ‘family style’ dining.

Either way, you need to decide whether you want to serve traditional or modern cuisine to your guests.


Should You Choose Traditional or Modern Wedding Food?

Traditional wedding cuisine often consists of classic dishes that guests are familiar with and enjoy.

For many UK based weddings this can include traditionally British options like roast beef, chicken or fish dishes, seasonal vegetables, and traditional desserts like wedding cake. It often evokes a sense of nostalgia and can be a way to honour cultural or family traditions, or a way to build a sentimental connection and a sense of continuity between generations.

Traditional dishes generally have broad appeal and are more likely to satisfy a wide range of tastes and dietary restrictions, which is ideal if you have fussy eaters attending your wedding. They are often considered crowd pleasers, ensuring that guests will find something they enjoy.

Modern wedding cuisine embraces culinary trends, creativity and innovation. It offers the opportunity to experiment with unique flavour combinations, fusion cuisine and innovative presentation styles. This can be particularly appealing to guests who appreciate gastronomic adventures, and couples who want to do something slightly different to other weddings.

Modern cuisine often caters to a variety of dietary preferences and restrictions. It allows for customisation and personalisation to accommodate the diverse tastes and requirements of guests.

You may also find that a more modern approach allows you to focus on the visual presentation of dishes, aiming for an artistic and ‘Instagram worthy’ experience. It provides an opportunity for you to showcase your unique tastes and personalities by creating a menu that represents your preferences and culinary adventures, adding a personal touch to the wedding experience.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to traditional versus modern wedding food.

It’s simply a case of deciding what you prefer as a couple, and what is most likely to please your guests.