In the United States, about 2.3 million couples get married each year. That number averages out to 6,200 weddings a day.
Before couples get to walk down the aisle, they have to plan their dream wedding. There are many details that go into planning a wedding and one of them is the food.
Most couples want to serve wedding food that will impress and satisfy their guests.
If you're looking for original ideas, check out this list.
1. Taco Cart
If the idea of having a taco cart at your wedding reception crossed your mind, you're not alone. After all, who doesn't love tacos?
Taco carts at weddings have become more popular at weddings in recent years because or they're affordable, convenient, and delicious.
The taco makers can provide your guests with their choice of meat and there can be toppings station for them to add their own salsa and guacamole.
Taco carts go with practically any theme. Learn more here about why you need a taco cart at your wedding.
2. Popcorn Station
When you're in the process of planning a wedding, you might put a lot of emphasis on the main course and forget about the dessert.
If you want to give your guests a little something to snack on before dinner or for dessert while they wait for the cake, a popcorn station is what your wedding needs.
It's easy and affordable to create a popcorn station at your wedding. Start by coming up with the types of popcorn you want to serve at your reception such as caramel, butter, cheddar, sea salt, and even Chicago Style.
You can customize the bags and containers with your initials so your guests can enjoy away.
3. Grazing Table
If you want to save a little bit of money on the main course, why not give your guests enough appetizers.
You won't need to have an extensive wedding menu for dinner if you give them a preview beforehand.
You can add whatever you want to a grazing table, however, most grazing tables have a selection of cheeses, dips, cold meats, antipasti, pieces of bread, salads, crackers, fruits, and more.
If you consider yourself a creative person, you might be able to put it together yourself, if not, there's no shame in asking a caterer.
4. Pizza Station
Who doesn't love pizza? Having a pizza station at your wedding could really impress your guests. However, we're not talking pizza that gets delivered in a box and goes hard and cold within thirty minutes.
We are referring to wood-fired style pizzas that can be done fresh at the reception. There are even wood-fired pizza food trucks that will go to the reception and fire some up for you.
If you team up with a creative caterer, you can come up with your own pizza special to delight your guests. Of course, there's nothing wrong if you want to stick to the classics such as pepperoni, cheese, or Margherita.
5. Sushi Bar and Asian Cuisine
Although you don't see sushi bars at every wedding, having a sushi bar serving maki rolls or sashimi, will definitely impress your guests.
If you have guests that don't like the idea of consuming raw fish before hitting the dance floor, you can also offer a variety to Asian inspired cuisine dishes such as their personal bento box.
6. Donut Wall
Donut walls have become more and more popular in recent years. Although there are not common to see at weddings, you will definitely impress your guests if you surprise them with a donut wall or station.
You can bring out the donut station right after dinner to give your guests a little treat before you cut the cake, or you can even replace the cake with your donut wall. It's your wedding day, so you can make the rules.
Donut walls are also great for couples who have their reception around brunch time. It will be up to you how you choose to customize the donut wall.
You can offer different varieties for your guests to pick from, or you can have a decorating station for them to add sprinkles or other favorite toppings.
7. Oyster Bar
If you live near the ocean or have easy access to great seafood, why not have an oyster bar?
Of course, having an oyster bar shouldn't be considered a replacement for a full meal, it will still provide your guests with a treat they will never forget.
And for those guests that are not a fan of oysters, you can always offer cooked seafood appetizers such as fried calamari or shrimp cocktail.
Having a seafood bar before the main event can keep your guests satisfied while you get through pictures.
8. Cake and Dessert Tables
Some couples choose to offer more than just the cake as a treat or dessert for their guests.
Treat and dessert tables have become more popular in recent years. The centerpiece of the dessert table is the wedding cake of course.
If your guests want a little sweet treat before you cut the cake, you will have it available for them.
Most dessert tables have cupcakes, mini-cupcakes, cake pops, or even candy bags.
Some of the more creative dessert tables offer mini pies stations, s'more station, and even cookies and milk.
9. Bonus: Nacho Station
Although we already mentioned having a taco cart station at your wedding, we couldn't forget about the nacho station.
If you're having a more relaxed outdoor wedding, a nacho station is a great way to give your guests an appetizer before dinner. After all, they spent all day getting ready for your big day and they will be ready to eat.
In order to prevent your guests from getting hangry before you make the big entrance, surprise them with a nacho station.
Wedding Food That Will Impress Your Guests
There you have it, 9 great wedding food ideas that will leave your guests talking about for years and years to come.
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