10 Alternative Wedding Catering Ideas

A wedding reception isn’t complete without a delicious mouthwatering menu for your wedding guests, and we have seen some unique catering ideas which will bring something different to your big day. Here are ten trends to consider before making your final decision. And don't forget your Free Online Invitations or Save the Dates.

1. Food Trucks

Food Trucks Wedding Catering Ideas

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Food Trucks aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Many weddings are now featuring food trucks as their main catering options, giving their guests a fun and unique experience that is less fussy than traditional catering. Choose from Posh Fish & Chips, Fancy Pies or Street Foods and for dessert an Ice Cream or Waffle Van to satisfy their sweet tooth.

2. Wedding Brunch Reception

Wedding Brunch Reception

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Brunch is becoming more and more popular as couples choose less popular days and times for their big day. Brunch is the perfect idea for an early wedding reception and allows for a laidback atmosphere. Opt for omelette and pancake bars and of course Bellini & Champagne stations.

3. Local Foods for Wedding Reception


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Local dishes are becoming a big hit among wedding receptions. Whether you’re in Italy and serving antipasti and limoncello or in Mexico serving chilaquiles and ceviche, local is the way to go. Not only does it give guests a real flavour of the local area it will be fresher, more tasty and cheaper making it the clear choice.

4. Wedding Taster Menu

Wedding Menu Taster Menu

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As can be seen in many top-end restaurants, many couples are now choosing to offer small portion taster menus to allow wedding guests to sample a little bit of everything. This is bound to be a popular choice among guests.

5. Sustainable Food for Wedding Reception

Sustainable Food for Wedding Reception

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Locally grown and sourced food is a fantastic option especially for those who are eager to have a green wedding. Many receptions are also using biodegradable dishes and utensils to do their bit to help save the planet.

6. Vegetarian Friendly

Vegetarian Friendly Wedding Menu

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Forget the big hunks of protein, veggie friendly weddings are becoming a thing! With so many delicious alternatives to meat – your menu could include Tofu and Nut Roasts as well as dairy free options allowing for an animal-friendly menu as well as those with dietary restrictions. It is also a great option for couples on a budget.

7. Family Style Dining for Wedding Reception

Family Style Dining for Wedding Reception

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Forget the fancy traditional silver service! Allowing guests to share the wedding breakfast family style allows your guests to mingle and chat while eating a delicious meal together.

8. Wedding Dessert Bar

Wedding Dessert Bar

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Who said the wedding cake should be the only dessert? The ever popular dessert bar trend is the perfect option for the couple with a sweet tooth! There are so many options to choose from – whether it be donut towers, cake pops, macarons, cookies or cupcakes – make it a wedding to remember.

9. Evening Snack Buffet

Evening Snack Buffet for Wedding

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A hot buffet is perfect for the late wedding reception. If you know your wedding reception will last into the early hours, offering guests a midnight snack will satisfy their hunger pangs – especially if they have been ripping it up on the dancefloor!

10. Wedding Themed Signature Drinks

Wedding Themed Signature Drinks

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A wedding isn’t complete without a drink for guests, or a full free bar if you are feeling flush. The newest trend is for couples to create their own signature drinks which match the wedding theme.

Have you sent out your Wedding Invites yet? 


Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 12:31 PM into , Wedding Catering , Wedding Food Ideas and Wedding Ideas by Envytations

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