We’ve said goodbye to boring buffets and have said hello to cool, creative and absolutely unmissable evening menus. If you want to mix things up and give your guests a delicious treat during your evening reception, you just have to check out these mouth-watering wedding food ideas.
Fantastic evening wedding food
When you’re planning your wedding, it can be easy to underestimate the importance of your evening food. Do your guests really need more? Is it an expense that you can do without? Well, evening wedding food really is important and it’s definitely worth allocating some of your budget to it. Evening food gives everyone a boost midway through your reception and, if you want people to party until the last dance, they’ll need some food to top up their energy. If you’ve invited more evening guests, food is definitely required and, as you’re about to see, there are so many options available!
Lots of couples love to do something that’s fun and a little bit interactive when it comes to their wedding evening food. This means that guests get a tasty treat and the foodie experience almost becomes part of the entertainment. Here are some of our favourite fun food ideas:
Pizza is perfect for evenings. Wood-fired pizza ovens let guests watch their pizza being made and allows them to choose their own toppings. Magnifico!
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A barbecue is another great evening food option. Who doesn’t love a yummy burger? Add salads and dressings and guests can create their own ultimate burger.
Take inspiration from your favourite global cuisines. Serve noodles, nachos, sushi, curries, burritos, US favourites or Mediterranean inspired dishes that remind you of your favourite holidays.
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Set up chef stations where guests can see the magic happen. How about a huge dish of paella or chilli?
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Bacon butties, sausage sandwiches or fish and chips are always super popular choices. You can guarantee that there’ll be a queue of guests for these!
For all you cheese lovers out there, what could be better than a tower of cheeses? Serve with breads, crackers and chutneys.
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If you want something a little more traditional, give the buffet a totally modern makeover. Grazing tables are big news right now and you can include all your favourites – from salads and charcuterie to cheeses, breads and oils and even sausage rolls and pasties. Find out more about the grazing table trend here.
Sweet treats and drinks
For those of you with a sweet tooth, you can definitely indulge on your wedding day! Sweet treats work really well as part of your evening food offering and you could even include some drink options too:
Freshly made doughnuts or churros are everyone’s favourites. Don’t forget a tasty dip or two for your churros.
How about a crepe stand? What could be better than a warm, sweet crepe to fuel you for more time on the dancefloor?
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Popcorn is another fabulous option. Let guests help themselves to freshly popped popcorn and you can even provide personalised bags or boxes.
Why not hire in an ice-cream truck serving gourmet cones? Perfect for summer weddings when the evenings are warm.
If your venue has a firepit, let guests toast marshmallows and sample that US favourite, s’mores.
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For drinks, hot chocolates are always brilliant during your evening reception and you can let the adults add a shot of booze if they’d like. Younger guests might enjoy a milkshake with a chocolate cookie on the side.
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Drinks stations work really well during your evening reception. Mix up your favourite G&T, personalise your mojito or create your own Bellini!
For more foodie inspiration, find out more about one of this year’s big wedding trends – casual dining.