What’s in store for brides and grooms planning to take the plunge this year? According to recent industry reports, several new trends are being introduced in 2015, and some old favorites have returned to the scene as well, such as intimate gatherings, simple elegance and less color. Silvia Pizzetti, Owner of Crave.it –a top NYC café’, bakery and catering company – comments on the new trends.
While NYC has many old-school Italian-American bakeries, owner Selvaggia Pizzetti is excited to offer New Yorkers an authentic contemporary Italian experience at Crave.it, a new modern Italian café and dessert bar in Lower Chelsea. The 30-seat self-serve bakery and café has something for everyone, whether looking for a full sit-down experience, a quick coffee to-go or event catering.
Crave.it features traditional Italian flavors in a new presentation by Chef Alejandro Quinones, whose culinary training in various bakeries throughout Italy, brings distinctive cuisine to Manhattan. The menu includes Italian delicacies, as well as the finest quality gelato in over 30 flavors. Created by a world renowned Italian barista, Crave.it’s unique coffee menu offers a range from extravagant espresso cocktails to basic coffee drinks, all made with the highest quality beans from Mokito, imported from Italy, exclusively to Crave.it.
From Selvaggia’ point of view, here are this year’s trends.
– Elegant, yet simple small plate menu choices are popular. Brides and grooms wanting their guests to enjoy delicious foods in a great variety like to offer carefully prepared, small plate menu items using locally sourced ingredients. With small plate menus, guests are able to show off more courses which will likely appeal to the many different tastes of the guests.
– Catering traditional vs. same sex weddings; We noticed that, while the organization of traditional weddings is mostly in the hands of the brides, and mothers, or mothers in law, with basically the groom not having a say in the choice of cake, catering, color, etc., same sex weddings tend to involve both partners in all decisions. For the caterer, this can present an interesting challenge, as often times the couple doesn’t agree on everything. As an end result, it is more satisfying to be able to please both partners. Also, with same sex weddings, we see much more sophisticated and elegant cake selections with neutral colors and styles.
– Couples are opting for smaller weddings with fewer guests. Less is more this year, in terms of food, guest list, décor and cake decoration. Brides and grooms are leaning towards a personalized, memorable affair that allows guest to be comfortable and welcome.
– Tasting menus with several small, beautifully presented dishes are popular. Tasting menus are big this year, starting with the cocktail hour and ending with dessert. As we have Italian roots, and the trend of smaller, carefully crafted plates began in Italy and throughout Europe, we are very pleased to see this trend is growing in the American wedding industry. Tasting stations throughout the wedding give couples a chance to offer many different types of foods, even if the bride prefers sweet and the groom enjoys savory.
– The year’s most popular style of wedding cakes: Tiered cakes. The trend of tiered cakes is back and bigger than ever. The one tier and cupcake cakes that were once a big trend are out, as we have seen brides opting for three or more tier cakes with simplistic color tones, such as black, white, gold and pale pink.