Wedding Reception Catering Ideas

Posted on: 30 March 2019

When planning your wedding reception, the most important aspects to consider are the venue, food, and beverages. After booking the perfect celebration space for your big day, it's time to choose a professional caterer that can make your reception meal service dreams a reality. 

Once you've decided if you'd like to host either an elegant or casual affair, pick a type of cuisine you'd like to serve. If you can't decide on just one, you can give your guests several different options. You'll also need to take your guests' dietary restrictions and concerns into consideration when working on the menu with the caterer. Be sure to include at least one or two meatless meal possibilities to accommodate any vegetarian or vegans in the crowd.

In addition to appetizers and meals, a catering company can also help you with the beverage service, whether you choose to serve alcohol or not. Some ideas include a cocktail bar, tea and hot cocoa with desserts, and festive punches in charming vintage glass bowls.

Here are some more wedding reception catering ideas to consider.

1. Food Stations

No matter what type of event venue you are renting, from a rustic country barn to a sophisticated reception hall, food stations will work well. Set up tables dedicated to different types of culinary treats, such as popcorn, cupcakes and candies, seafood, pizza, and gourmet cheese and crackers.

Guests can mix and mingle as they fill their plates with their favorite foods and sample a little of each offering. Be sure to provide a variety of choices, such as cheese, caramel, cinnamon sugar, and buttered popcorn, and label each selection with a decorate chalk board. 

You can also use stations to serve more substantial dishes, including burritos, lasagna, and a selection of grilled meats. Sushi, salad, and salsa stations are also fun ideas. 

2. Build-Your-Own Bars 

Another way to get guests involved in the meal service is by setting up build-your-own bars. For instance, you can set up a taco bar and provide all of the traditional ingredients, such as hard shells, tortillas, tortilla bowls for salads, seasoned ground beef, and refried beans, as well as shredded cheese and chopped vegetables. 

Other build-your-own bar ideas include burgers, nachos, grilled skewers, and even burritos. Create-your-own pizza bars will also be fun for attendees of all ages. End the event with a sundae bar complete with several ice cream flavors, hot fudge, caramel sauce, chopped nuts, and sprinkles. 

For more information, reach out to wedding catering services in your area.