Food Trends For Every Wedding Budget

Eat With Eyes & Stomach

A meat, two sides and bread have long been replaced as standard wedding reception fare. Today’s couples understand we eat with our eyes and our stomachs and are choosing foods with high quality ingredients, vibrant color and intense flavors. All of this can be done without being overly costly.

Here are 100 food choices to serve at your wedding reception.

Pick and choose those that meet your budget & style.

Bon Appetit!

fruitHors d’oeuvres or Appetizers

  1. One-sip soups
  2. Vegetable spring rolls
  3. White vegetable crudités
  4. Duck quesadillas with mango salsa
  5. Deviled eggs
  6. Mini-reubens on cocktail rye
  7. Shrimp puffs
  8. Polenta squares
  9. Endive spears stuffed with shrimp and mango salsa
  10. Parmesan beignets
  11. Dilled cucumber & smoked salmon and asparagus finger sandwiches
  12. Mini crabcakes

champagneBeverages

  1. Raspberry mint lemonade
  2. Bubbly bars with champagne-guests choose to add fizz, fresh fruit and fruit juices to the flutes or shot glasses
  3. Iced coffee
  4. Italian sodas
  5. Flavored martinis-pomegranate, apple cider and green apple
  6. Peach and mango margaritas
  7. Sangria (A blend of wine, liqueurs & seasonal fruit)
  8. Cappuccino and espresso bars
  9. Cocktails served in Mason jars, especially at vintage-style events
  10. Micro-brewed beers
  11. International coffee bar with Kahlua, Bailey’s, Tia Maria, Grand Marnier and other cordials.
  12. Zero-alcohol bars with infused waters, homemade lemonades and specialty ice teas

Food Stations

  1. Frozen vodka and caviar bar
  2. Action Station where chef prepares omelet, fajita, pasta, tapas, sushi or steak
  3. Carving board (Ham, turkey, beef or lamb)
  4. Pancake bar with multiple topping and syrup choices
  5. Mashed potato bar where chef folds in caviar, lobster, roasted garlic or sauteed mushrooms
  6. Sushi
  7. Pasta (Two types with variety of sauces)
  8. Salad bar
  9. Seafood-Shrimp, oysters, scallops, clams (Add a lit ice sculpture & use as a focal point)
  10. Grilled meat, including hamburgers, hot dogs and Polish sausages
  11. Ice cream sundae bar
  12. Breakfast bar with heart-shaped waffles and specialty syrups, popovers filled with scrambled eggs, and a variety of frittatas

soupDinner

  1. Rack of lamb or grilled baby lamb chops in plum sauce on a bed of spaghetti squash
  2. Artichoke and wild mushroom risotto
  3. Ginger marinated smoked duck breast
  4. Filet Mignon with truffle sauce
  5. Pecan encrusted chicken
  6. Chilean sea bass
  7. Grilled cheese and Soup (variety of breads, cheeses and soups)
  8. Miniature pizzas
  9. Smoked chicken orzo
  10. Lamb spring rolls
  11. Curried Chicken
  12. Bacon themed food-wrapped shrimp, bacon wrapped figs, etc.
  13. Potato leek soup
  14. Grilled swordfish kabobs
  15. Chicken satay
  16. Meatballs-pork, beef, lamb and pistachio, etc.
  17. Halibut steak
  18. Breakfast food for dinner
  19. Grilled portobello mushroom
  20. Lobster salad
  21. Lettuce wraps
  22. Fish tacos
  23. Sausages of duck, venison or rabbit served with specialty mustard
  24. Wiener schnitzel
  25. Crab-stuffed trout
  26. Pepper-encrusted filet of sirloin
  27. Calamari
  28. Chicken breast with rosemary and wild mushrooms
  29. Wild game: Buffalo, pheasant, grouse, deer and rabbit
  30. Grilled quail or quail pie
  31. Baked cheese grits
  32. Vidalia onion souffle
  33. Pot stickers and wontons with sweet potato puree
  34. Fried soft shell crab
  35. Quail and pheasant quesadillas
  36. Oysters Rockefeller
  37. Goat cheese chive whipped potatoes
  38. Fresh pineapple soup

Dessert

  1. Chocolate sponge wedding cake with raspberry filling
  2. Rum cake
  3. Apple crisp with cinnamon ice cream
  4. Coconut macaroons
  5. Mini pudding shots (lemon meringue, sour cherry, praline, etc.)
  6. Carrot cake with cream cheese
  7. Glazed donuts
  8. Souffles
  9. Cheesecake or cheesecake lollipops
  10. Chocolate mousse torte
  11. Snow cones
  12. Cronuts (1/2 croissant + 1/2 donuts)
  13. Warm gingerbread

snowconesLate Night Snacks

  1. Frozen yogurt
  2. Hot pretzels
  3. Finger sandwiches
  4. Desserts like cookies, angel food cake with fresh berries, strawberry-rhubarb pudding, tiny fruit tartlets, tiramisu, key lime pie or cheesecake
  5. Pizza or taco bar
  6. Vegetables and dips & cheese and crackers
  7. Chocolate fondue and fresh fruit
  8. Milk shakes
  9. Snow cones with cocktail syrups
  10. Gourmet teas and coffees
  11. Ice cream sundae bar and sorbets
  12. Flavored popcorn
  13. Specialty chips and dips

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