Wedding Finger Food Ideas

You may have paid some thought to wedding finger food, when thinking about feeding your wedding quests.

Traditionally this was to keep guests’ hunger pangs at bay before the formal dinner and to fuel the dancing late into the night. But with more couples looking to make their wedding budget go a bit further, and with feeding your guests one of the biggest costs, finger food could replace the traditional wedding breakfast.

When you consider the impact a traditional meal will have on your budget it's no wonder that more and more brides are turning to more creative wedding reception food ideas such as finger food.

Benefits of Finger Food:

  • Perfect for DIY-couples. Wedding finger food can be as simple or up-market as you like. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a cook, it’s perfect for those budget-conscious brides (and grooms!) who are looking do as much themselves as possible. Or, even better, you may have family and friends who are willing to help – that way you could ask them to prepare a variety of dishes. Some finger foods could be made in advance and frozen, freeing up your time to spend on other wedding matters.
  • You can cheat! If you’re not into cooking, or you don’t have the time or resources to prepare wedding finger food yourself, why not consider what’s available in the supermarket? There is a wide variety to choose from and to suit all budgets – from the humble cocktail sausage, to up-market hors d’oeuvres. Consider large wholesale retailers for potentially bigger savings.
  • Many cuisines lend themselves as finger food e.g. Chinese, Indian, meze, tapas – you can mix and match or stick to a theme country.
  • You can tie your choice of wedding food ideas in with your wedding theme. Go retro with vol-au-vents and cheese and pineapple on cocktail sticks, or modern and minimalist with sushi. Many couples are looking to make their big day unique, and having a less formal catering arrangement lends itself to this.

Other finger food ideas:

  • Fish and chip cones – these are classless, I’ve seen them at weddings that cost many tens of thousands of pounds and weddings that cost less than £2,000 and they went down equally well at both. After all who doesn’t like fish & chips.
  • Pies - perhaps you live in an area that is known for its pies or pasties. If so why not embrace the fact. Get miniature pies or pasties made up and celebrate your heritage.
  • Sandwiches - not to be overlooked, the humble sandwich is a staple at many weddings and it is rare that you will see any left over. As already said these can be as fancy or as basic as you want.
  • Pork wraps - these work well if you’re having a BBQ theme or a hog roast as guests can make their own way to the food, grab a plate and make up their own wraps. If you set the theme well people will not bat an eyelid at having to do this. For example dress the area like a BBQ or make a point of telling your guests on their invitations or on the menus (if you’re using them). If they’re forewarned they’ll love it but if you don’t tell them they could be disappointed.
  • Mini burgers - again these are classless just like the fish & chip cones. If they’re good enough to be served by the top chefs at their restaurants, they’re good enough for anyone.

Wedding finger food can be savoury and sweet – just because it’s small doesn’t mean you can’t have a starter, main, and dessert! Think mini quiches, cheesecakes or strawberry flans.

This type of catering also lends itself to self-service, so you don’t require catering staff to serve your guests.

Wedding finger food can supplement a more formal meal or, with a little imagination, could be your main sustenance. Either way, I hope I’ve given you a few ideas.

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