From Pasta Wheels to “Hucks” Parties: Gathar Unveils Top Wedding Catering Trends for 2024

by | Oct 23, 2023 | Uncategorized

With a New Year filled with new nuptial ideas just around the corner, Gathar – Australia’s premier platform for in-home private chefs and bespoke catering services – is dishing out the tastiest wedding trends for 2024.

With wedding catering already booked well into next year, Gathar has its finger on the pulse of what couples are craving for their big day. So, what’s on the wedding menu?

Top 5 Wedding Trends for 2024

Pasta Wheels Steal the Show

Move over basic buffets – the pasta wheels are rolling in! Interactive cacio e pepe (‘cheese and pepper’) stations featuring al dente pasta whipped around inside a hollowed wheel of cheese is becoming a popular request from couples booking their catering with Gathar. We predict this will trend will get ‘wheely’ big in 2024.

The Rise of the ‘Hucks’ Party

Individual hens and bucks parties? That’s so 2023! A combined ‘hucks’ party mean double the fun and twice the shared memories. For couples who choose to team up for their pre-wedding celebrations, it’s all about choosing a theme that represents you both. One of the best we’ve seen was an ‘Ibiza Fiesta’, made complete with a Spanish tapas menu.

Late Night Treats + Midnight Munchies

More couples are planning ahead to make sure their guests have late-night snacks to keep energy levels high into the wee hours. Think gourmet sliders, mini tacos, and cheeky toasties to reignite the party spirit, because everyone knows that midnight dance-offs require fuel.

Recovery Brunch for the Morning After

The wedding might be over, but the celebrations continue! A ‘recovery brunch’ is becoming an essential post-wedding event, giving guests a chance to swap stories from the night before. Gathar’s brunch grazing is proving a popular choice, offering something for everyone from breakfast bruschetta to smashed avo.

Intimate Weddings + Backyard Bliss

Gathar is finding more couples are favouring smaller weddings hosted at private properties, guaranteeing an intimate feel that large venues often can’t replicate. With an emphasis on personalised experiences, these couples are choosing to have the chef bring the restaurant experience inside the home, creating a bespoke menu that represents them as a couple.  

These trends reflect a welcome shift in the Australian wedding scene where couples, faced with the ever-escalating cost of living, are opting for more intimate, personalised celebrations, proving smaller budgets don’t mean smaller memories.

“At a time when weddings are becoming more personalised and less traditional, couples are looking for unique experiences,” says Gathar CEO and Co-founder, Jodie Mlikota. “We’re really finding today’s couples aren’t looking for cookie-cutter wedding catering; they’re coming to us to co-create a menu that’s really ‘them’.

“Why pick straight out of a book when you can mix, match, and customise something really special with your caterer or private chef? We’re always excited to help couples bring their most delicious out-of-the-box ideas to life, making sure their special day offers something really memorable.”

As 2024 beckons, couples look eager to rewrite the traditional wedding playbook with Gathar proving you don’t have to go vanilla when there are so many flavours to explore. What’s clear is that the future of wedding catering is in co-creation, where couples and caterers work together to design bespoke culinary experiences. Here’s to a year of weddings that are as unique and deliciously memorable as the couples tying the knot.