A casual wedding reception gives you more flexibility with your menu than a formal, traditional affair. Unique wedding food ideas will surprise guests prepared for the usual sit-down or buffet service. Treat your friends and family to one (or a few) of these alternative ideas.
Get your guests involved in your wedding menu with interactive food stations. A casual reception is the perfect place for a food truck serving made-to-order hors d’oeuvres. Fondue, whether cheese, chocolate or caramel, is a unique idea for appetizers or dessert.
Your entrée can also be engaging. Try serving family-favorite recipes in pretty serving bowls on each table, encouraging guests to get to know each other as they pass dishes. A portable pizza oven is also a fun option. Everyone can pick their own toppings, or choose from classics like cheese and pepperoni available throughout the meal.
Favorites from around the US make unique wedding food options. Try a Memphis-style barbecue with dry-rub ribs, macaroni and cheese, potato salad and greens, plus cobbler for dessert.
Tex Mex is also a delicious idea. A taco and fajita bar, along with plenty of chips, fresh salsa and guacamole will be a crowd pleaser. End the meal with churros or chocoflan for something a little different.
Northeasterners with a love for lobster rolls can treat guests to the dish with sides like corn relish, potato salad and fries. Southerners, especially those with family and friends from other regions, might opt for chicken and waffles.
Classic favorites aren’t necessarily traditional wedding foods. A vintage afternoon tea, complete with scones, finger sandwiches and teacakes, is a unique way to feed guests. Childhood classics also work: try breakfast for dinner, sliders and fries or grilled cheese and tomato soup.
Bring flavors from around the world into your wedding food. Introduce your guests to your favorite international cuisine. Just make sure to include a few dishes that even unadventurous eaters will enjoy. An assortment of sushi, Asian noodle dishes, shish kabobs and pita sandwiches or even a flavorful paella are all unique ideas.