Up the ante with the food at your wedding to impress all your guests. Experimenting with creative food ideas is a great way to add more finesse to your wedding. Little details go a long way and making an extra effort with your food presentation can definitely add a touch of fun. We’ve gathered some of our favourite ideas for fun and delicious wedding food with an imaginative twist. Read on for instant inspiration.
1. Break Bread
You can get wonderfully inventive with bread. From a pretzel bar to a bagel bar, bread is always a winner with guests. To make your bread bar stand out why not hang pretzels ready for guests to select or hire a traditional bread cart and add grapes, olives and cheeses to add a rustic vibe to your wedding.
2. Chip & Dip
Curly, crinkle cut, chunky or fine, however they come, every guest is sure to love chips. So why not serve up a French Fry bar? The crowds will soon gather. Add a handful of chips to miniature cones and you’ll have added instant seaside charm to your wedding. A perfect snack pairing for champagne or mimosas. Add sauces in squeezy bottles so guests can season their chips to their taste.
3. The Big Cheese
Fast becoming a must-have at many weddings is the cheese cake. And no, we’re not talking vanilla and chocolate. A true cheese cake involves several wheels of cheese, stacked on top of each other. Often it’s decorated with flowers. Choose a combination of soft cheeses, and more mature varieties and where possible, see if you can add a local cheese to the cake as well. They’re affordable to put together and work really well to accompany pre-dinner drinks.
4. Charcuterie Cutie
Dried meats are always a hit at weddings and there are loads of creative ways you can make a feature of your charcuterie. Why not serve charcuterie platters laden with olives, rolled cured meats and gherkins. It’s sure to be a hit.
5. Serving Spoons
Eliminate sticky fingers by serving up your canapés in spoons, prepped and ready for a delicious mouthful. To make a focal point of this idea, put a Chef Station together on a table or cart, with platters of decadently decorated spoons. Remember, presentation is as important as taste.
6. On The Ball
Try making meatballs and serving them with a delicious apple sauce. Putting them in spoons is a clean and elegant way to present them and makes this simple idea look instantly more refined.
7. Wall of Wonder
Donuts are a deliciously sweet idea to incorporate into your wedding food. Best of all you can match the glaze to the theme colour of your wedding celebrations. To take your donuts to the next level, hang them from the branches of a tree, make a donut bar with platters of donuts in different shades that complement your decorations, or go bold and create a donut wall where guests can help themselves from the display.
8. Soup-er Sophisticated
Soup doesn’t sound like the easiest canapé to pass around at a wedding but when decanted into elegant shot glasses, you can serve these up with a curled parmesan crisp or finely sliced soda bread to create something that looks sophisticated without costing the earth.
9. Veggie Delight
Health conscious guests will be relieved to see a veggie bar stocked high with crudités and crunchable vegetables. This might sound a little too safe to be exciting but the visual impact of cut veg, from vibrant peppers to carrot sticks, celery and radishes can be very appealing.
You won’t struggle to shift these at a wedding. Waffle bites make for a delicious and irresistible canapé that’s really cost effective too. Simply top with sour cream, corn and cilantro and you’ll be sure to whet a few appetites.
11. Carvery Craftsmanship
Warm carvery meats have an enduring appeal and are ideal for feeding hungry wedding guests. Presenting your meats as individual works of art can be very effective visually too.
12. Fruit de mer
If you’re having a wedding that’s near to the sea it’s a great excuse to integrate a seafood theme to your food. The most stylish approach you can take is to have a fresh oyster bar, which has a stunning visual appeal and makes the most of the local ‘cuisine’ as well.
13. Burger Bites
A burger van can add a really fun touch to your wedding – especially for the reception when everyone gets a case of the munchies. A burger van decorated with garlands of fairy lights and flowers can instantly be made to look more wedding appropriate. Serve your burger buns with beers and you’ll be sure to keep all the guys (and ladies) happy.
14. Perfect Paella
A paella stand is the perfect addition to a wedding where there’s a party atmosphere. This shareable easy to serve street food is always a hit and can be infused with local flavours and ingredients. Having a selection of around three different types of paella will ensure every taste is catered for.
15. Pasta & Pizza
Incorporate your appreciation of Italian cuisine into your wedding celebrations by having a pasta or pizza stand – or why not offer them both? Vats of fresh pasta in delicious sauces and freshly cooked pizzas are always in demand – especially once your guests have worked up an appetite again after wearing out their dancing shoes.
16. Fruit Cup
Lots of weddings have sweet bars now but what about fruit? Serving glassware filled with a vibrant fruit salad can look absolutely stunning and is an ideal snack for guests to enjoy with their glass of bubbly before the main meal begins.
17. Mixed Salad
Mix things up by presenting salad in miniature savoury cornets or why not have freshly made platters of locally sourced fruit and veg made into appetizing salads to tempt guests with a nutritious bite to eat before their main meal?
18. Cake Break
We love the idea of take away cake boxes so your guests can enjoy a slice of wedding cake at home (when they have found some space for more food!). If you want to keep things creative you could have six different cake styles and flavours in colours that complement each other. This little touch will certainly impress guests!