Top 2016 wedding food trends

What’s going to be on your wedding menu in 2016? That is, in reality, the big question that many of your guests will be asking. Not that they’re only interested in their stomachs, of course.

If you really want to keep your guests happy, as well as staying bang on trend, check out these top gastronomic ideas for Portuguese weddings in 2016.

Dinner party style

Serving your food in the style of an intimate dinner party is big in 2016. Make it look and feel like its come straight out of a friendly kitchen, serving it as you would at a cozy dinner.

Top 2016 wedding food trends

Craft cocktails

Shake things up by serving up some new and innovative cocktails. Think homemade concoctions and you can even spend a few evenings before the big day trying out ideas.

Top 2016 wedding food trends

Small bites

It doesn’t all have to be about big meals. Try having several small bite size stations around the room. You can even serve meals that have a special place in your heart.

Top 2016 wedding food trends

Involve the chefs

The people cooking the food don’t have to be hidden away. Chefs can be out front and interacting with the guests, creating a memorable dinner service.

Top 2016 wedding food trends

Midnight feasts

Why serve just one meal early on when you can keep them coming throughout the night? People usually get hungry late on so surprise them with another dish.

Top 2016 wedding food trends

Bake crazy 

Baking is hot right now, so why serve ordinary bread when you can get a bit wild and whacky with your choices? Think brioche, grissini, sourdough and more.

Top 2016 wedding food trends

Ditch the meat

It’s getting harder and harder to justify eating meat, so why not dispense with it altogether and opt for some healthy and delicious veggie treats?

Top 2016 wedding food trends

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The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Choosing your dress is one of the most important parts of your big day. It’s right up there with picking your venue, your honeymoon, even your future life partner. OK, maybe not that important but it’s a pretty big deal.

So, you can’t afford to get it wrong. Which is why we’ve compiled this handy guide to getting it right.

Don’t leave it until late in the day

You want the full attention of the salesperson, which you won’t get if it’s late in the day and they’ve already seen two dozen brides to be. Book early and the store will be quieter and you’ll be clearer in the head.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Do think about shape and silhouette

Before you start focusing on frills ( or lack of them according to taste) think big picture. Imagine, or even draw, your perfect outline and work up from there.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Do think top down

People generally start looking at your face and work down (apart from some less gentlemanly types) so choose your dress in the same way.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Don’t just follow trends

We’ve all seen pictures of unfortunate girls from the 80s and 90s wearing hideous dresses. Well, guess what? That was the height of style back then. Choose a trendy dress now and in ten years time you’ll be the equivalent of the girl with poofy sleeves and half a ton of hairspray.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Do bring a camera

And take plenty of snaps. Your mind plays tricks and you need to be 100% accurate with this decision.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress Christine Juette

Do try them all on

You never really know what works until it’s on. Yes it can be a pain getting in and out of every dress, but it’s all about the research.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Don’t get talked into it

Keeping the above point in mind, don’t get talked into trying dresses on that you really hate. It’s a waste of time and, after all, this is supposed to be fun not frightening.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

You don’t need an audience

On the TV they always have an entourage but if you’d rather keep it intimate, then do it. It’s your decision at the end of the day.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Don’t forget that sales are usually final

No pressure, obviously. But make sure you are 110% before you buy.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

 

Don’t panic about sizing

Dresses can be adjusted, that’s the whole point of a fitting.