Five Food-tastic Wedding Reception Menu Ideas

You may be a food-lover, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a little help planning your wedding reception menu. Here’s five different ideas for you, your spouse (and your budget) to choose from.

1. Brunch Party

Perfect for: Couples that are having an early morning wedding and those who may want to leave during the day for their honeymoon, instead of during the night.

Not so great for: Couples that want to party all night long or those who know their guests may not attend because they prefer to sleep in.

Sample Menu:

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2. Cocktail Party

Perfect for: Couples with a very large guest list.

Not so great for: Couples that are having an early wedding ceremony. Note: If the reception begins at 5pm or earlier, guests may expect an actual meal. If you have a cocktail party around 8pm or later, then guests will know to eat before and will not expect a full course meal as it is already late.

Sample Menu:

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3. Dessert Only 

Perfect for: Couples that may not want to serve a full course meal, but would still like to serve their guests something to eat or those that prefer to party all night long, but may need a quick break, as this option does not need as much time as a sit-down dinner would.

Not so great for: Couples that are or may have guests that are sugar-sensitive.

Sample Menu:

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4. Sit-Down Dinner

Perfect for: Couples that want to share an intimate moment with their guests, as well as those who will have a limited selection of food. This choice allows the couple to choose each dish and allows all guests to eat at the same time.

Not so great for: Couples that want to provide their guests with many different food choices or party animals who would rather dance than sit down and eat a full course meal.

Sample Menu:

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5. Buffet Dinner

Perfect for: Couples that want a more relaxed and informal wedding reception and want to offer their guests a variety of food options.

Not so great for: Couples with a 100-plus guest list, lines may form and guests may become impatient. 

Sample Menu:

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