5 Best Wedding Reception Food Ideas To Impress Your Guests!

Wedding planning is a headache! But it’s such an important day to the bride and groom that naturally preparations take months in the making. The focus falls on not only how we want to remember the day, but also how our guests will. Many couples may feel like the wedding isn’t for them but for their most loved ones: moms and dads, grandmas and an array of aunties, that were waiting for the day since you were born. The challenge of gathering everyone at the table and enjoying their food is probably on the top of every bride’s and groom’s ‘to do list’. To make this stressful process easier we have amazing wedding reception food ideas ready for you, so instead of spending hours thinking about it, you can simply choose.

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5 Best Wedding Reception Food Ideas To Impress Your Guests!

First, in the wedding planning, you should realize that wedding reception food menu has to have few variations. How easy would it be if you could just pick one dish and serve it to everyone! Unfortunately, that will not work that’s why the first rule is to give the guests the choice. Fish or meat? Cake or ice cream? Soup or salad? Your guest will be the happiest people on the planet, being able to choose their favorite dishes and drinks.

Secondly, comes in the decision about what kind of arrangement you want. Should it be formal dining, where all the dishes are being elegantly served at the tables, or perhaps you want the more relaxed atmosphere where guests will mingle more around a buffet rather than stay seated? Both choices have great advantages so do not get hasty when choosing and think about the theme of your wedding and what will fit more. If you are planning a wedding on the beach or in the garden the informal style of food serving will suit your guests and make them feel better. Furthermore, if you are choosing to host the ceremony in little chateaux than formal style will be better suited.

Our Best Wedding Reception Food Ideas Below:

Formal Dining Menus (3 food menu ideas)

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Once the most exciting part of tying the knot is done all the guest will be happy to sit down relax and eat! Here are 3 wedding reception food menu ideas, that will fulfill the expectations of the fussiest guests. Make sure that you know the dietary restrictions of your guests, so there are no unpleasant surprises when everyone is ready to dig into their first dish. 

Menu 1

Wedding reception menu

Starters
  • Pan fried scallops and shrimps with figs
  • Pea, mint, and spring onion soup with parmesan bruschetta  
Mains
  • Oven baked salmon fillet with dijon mustard sauce
  • Slow roasted pork belly with fennel and cardamom
Desserts
  • Tart Tatin with homemade vanilla ice cream
  • Panna cotta 

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Menu 2

Seafood dinner

Starters
  • Creamy pumpkin and chili soup 
  • Buttery asparagus with pan braised scallops 
Mains
  • Gnocchi with mussels, basil, and pecorino
  • Venison served with wild mushrooms and celery cream 
Desserts
  • Pavlova with tropical fruits 
  • William pear tart

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Menu 3

Dinner Menu

Starters 
  • Beef tartar
  • Lime marinated seafood platter 
Mains
  • Grilled peppers and mascarpone pasta
  • Herb-crusted Lamb chops with red wine sauce 
Desserts
  • Princess cake
  • Creme brulee with berries 

Informal Dining Menus (3 food menu ideas)

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Those of you who are excited for a more relaxed atmosphere after the ceremony will love our picks for informal wedding food reception ideas. The buffet style doesn’t mean you have to compromise on food quality. You can still serve the most stunning dishes, that will look even better in the bite size portions. 

Menu 1Buffet food

  • Selection of rustic bread
  • Refreshing prawns served with cucumber and sesame seeds pasta
  • Figs and melon wrapped in prosciutto
  • Quiche with leeks and sundried tomatoes 
  • Saffron poached salmon with tomato, red pepper, and herb salsa
  • Free range chicken with lemon and herbs 
  • Seasonal greens lightly steamed
  • Spring salad with peas, radish, and watercress  
  • Berry tartlets  
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Baked peaches with meringue

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Menu 2 

Buffet style food

  • Herb and garlic marinated olives with feta
  • Grilled octopus with balsamic vinegar
  • Eggplant and ricotta rolls with tomatoes 
  • Pan-braised cod fillet on beetroot puree  
  • Charcoal grilled steak with black pepper sauce  
  • Baked turkey with fennel and orange stuffing 
  • Assortment of grilled seasonal vegetables 
  • Mix of salads with walnuts and vinegarette 
  • Strawberry tiramisu 
  • Chocolate tart 
  • Raspberry sorbet with fresh fruit 

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Menu 3

  • Tabouleh with pomegranate seeds  
  • Wild rice salad with roasted vegetables
  • Garlic and butter scallops
  • Baked trout with chili garlic butter and lemon
  • Slow cooked lamb leg with rosemary and red wine 
  • Lamb tagine with apricots and raisins on vegetable couscous   
  • Classic greek salad
  • Young potatoes boiled with dill and garlic
  • Zucchini baked with dried tomatoes and parmesan 
  • Crem caramel  
  • Eaton mess 
  • Chocolate and raspberry cake 

Now the chore of planning will definitely become much more pleasant! For more inspiration on choosing menus, read our How To Pick The Best Dinner Party Menu or check out what our Private Chefs are currently cooking. 

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