How the call for less sugar is affecting weddings

Feb 12, 2019

Cheese wedding cake

Weddings are iconic for extravagant cakes, sugar-heavy drinks and desserts galore, but a lot of people are choosing to opt for a less sugar-infused wedding day in exchange for various tasty and less sugary alternatives. In this article, I uncover the real reasons why this new trend is taking off in 2019.

Sugar has always been a talking point on the news particularly from the mouths of the health conscious, but up until recent times, weddings have always been a bit of an exception to the rule and fuelled by the sugar-heavy goods that have been an integral part of proceedings for hundreds of years. But it does seem a bit backwards that brides and grooms make a conscious effort to lose weight before the big day to put it all back on again as your wedding day unravels.

Wedding Cheese Boards

A fruit-heavy cake has been the chosen wedding cake for generations, whether the bride and groom like fruit cake or not, but in a recent article from The Telegraph it has been reported that more people than ever are choosing cheese over fruit in a bid to avoid the extra sugar intake. Couples are opting to swap out sugary desserts and confectionary for piles of cheese wheels decorated with even more cheesy goodness. 

Mr Swinscoe the owner of The Courtyard Dairy in Lancaster reported to The Telegraph that "A lot of people like the whole experience - they come to our shop and taste all the cheese and it's a real experience. A lot of people want to avoid sugar and also a lot of people do not like fruit cake.”

"People even take cheese home from these weddings as party favours.”

"It's something a bit different and a talking point. We've been doing it for five years - popularity has massively increased in recent years."

For people who are looking to avoid sugar and want a milder end to their banquet of feasting, this seems to be the perfect option, also making the perfect wedding favour for guests looking to take a token from the day home with them.

Kolibri drink with bottle

Sugar-Free Drinks

Sugar-free drinks have been a growing trend for years and are a market that I have now tapped into. The popularity of alcohol-free and healthier drink options at weddings is ever-growing, more and more people are choosing these alternatives. Besides, not everyone wants to drink at a wedding and with plenty of other options to choose from, they don’t have to.

Like my own range of drinks, Kolibri, there are plenty of sugar-free and ‘virgin’ drinks that you can choose to serve. Still refreshing, still delicious and full of flavours that your guests will love.

Offering a range of these sorts of drinks gives your guests the option to choose their tipple and you’ll be surprised at how many will opt for a less sugar-excessive option.

Wedding table

Choosing Healthy Food Alternatives

The recent appeal of removing sugar from our diets has also had an impact on the sorts of food that people are serving up. Packed with romance and fun, the courses that are served to your table tend to be carb heavy and easy to prepare, which often makes them high calorie and heavy in salt and sugar. 

If you or someone you know is planning to get married and wants to follow this trend of healthier alternatives, then avoiding a buffet is probably a great option, unless your wedding couple have chosen to put on a spread full of healthy goodness. If you can, enjoy the sit-down offering or a vegetarian or vegan dish to avoid the extra sugar intake. Becoming more popular amongst millennials as they start to adapt wedding traditions, this trend is going to grow and grow.

It’s safe to say that sugar is a guest that isn’t always going to be invited to weddings as time progresses, millennials will continue to adapt weddings to suit new and adapting cultural trends, so watch this space as sugar-free drinks and other healthy food alternatives grow in popularity at weddings in 2019.

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