One of the biggest decisions couples must make for their wedding is deciding what food to serve their guests. Many are stuck between the idea of choosing a plated or buffet style, but nowadays there are so many more options to choose from! We’ve listed some great ideas to help you figure out the best way to serve up your meals.
Everyone appreciates a delicious cocktail bar at a wedding, but have you thought about having a food bar at your reception? Many couples and caterers are opting to serve food in a fun, festive, and interactive way. From appetizers to late night snacks, guests will enjoy the tasty spread of food creatively incorporated to satisfy their taste buds. We’ve thought of some unique and mouthwatering food bars that you’ll want for your wedding!
Themed Food Bars – Do you have a favorite sports team? Want to represent your state? Have a fondness for movies? Whatever your passion is, get creative and incorporate it into a food bar at your celebration! For example, if you have a love for baseball you could serve mini hotdogs, pretzels, and popcorn. Home-state themed food bars for Wisconsin could include cheese curds and pretty much anything else deep fried.
Dinner Food Bars – When deciding what to serve at your wedding you’ll have to think about if you want a sit-down dinner, buffet, or something else. Many couples are choosing food stations rather than sit down dinners to make the meal more interactive and get people up and moving around. Pasta stations are popular because guests get to choose what additions they want in their pasta meal and the chef makes it right in front of them! If you’d prefer more of a side addition with dinner you can do mac and cheese or mashed potato bars. Serve them in martini glasses and offer a selection of toppings such as bacon, sour cream, chives, and cheese.
Post Dinner / Dessert Bars – Long gone are the days of serving just cake and cupcakes. Now anything goes when it comes to the desserts served at weddings. Truffles, ice cream, pies, cheesecake, macarons, tiramisu, and shortcake shooters are just a few fun alternatives. Cookie bars are a delicious after dinner treat. Serve up your favorite cookies (could be homemade!) such as chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and macadamia. Go a step further by pairing the cookies with a shot glass of milk!
Looking for an interactive dessert bar? How about a s’mores bar?! Go beyond the basic Hershey chocolate bar and plain marshmallow. Try cinnamon graham crackers or Girl Scout cookies, strawberry or seasonal flavored marshmallows, Andes Mints, caramels, and more! Coffee bars are a great addition during dessert. Some couples opt to bring in Keurig machines, or serve black coffee with an assortment of syrups and creamers. So many tasty options!
Late Night Snack Bars – Tired of the late-night pizza? Try some of these options to satisfy the late-night hunger! Sliders, french fries, assorted popcorn, or pretzels are all good choices to give your guests a pick me up and soak up a night’s worth of drinking. If your venue allows, bring in a food vendor from outside. Couple’s have brought in Taco Bell, Jimmy Johns, and local food trucks that serve their favorite snacks to come in for their wedding.
Non-Food Bars – We’re going above and beyond for you and listing a couple non-food bar ideas to make your wedding extra special! Add some flair to your reception with the ultimate amenity for guests – a cigar bar. Sophisticated and fun, a cigar bar can be enjoyed by novice or first-time users. A great way to celebrate the day! Another creative bar to include is a biodegradable confetti bar! This is the perfect thing for people to toss at the end of the wedding ceremony or as you and your spouse make your big exit at the end of the night. Guests will have fun mixing their own combinations of colorful confetti or flower petals. If you choose a biodegradable option, then you don’t have to worry about picking up every little piece because it’s Earth friendly. What better way to celebrate?
Hi there! I'm Jo, a certified wedding planner and the owner of Witt & Co. Events in Neenah, Wisconsin. I'm a wife to my amazing husband and high school sweetheart Matt, a mama to our sweet little James, (and a Fur-mama to Scarlett and Charlie!)