Although you may not know it, there’s a whole world of finger foods besides chicken fingers and french fries.
Many couples have decided to incorporate mini gourmet foods into their wedding day. Offering popular dishes in a bite-sized portion is convenient not only during cocktail hour, but also during the reception in order to avoid a long (and sometimes disruptive) sit-down dinner.
By incorporating mini-foods into your menu, you give your guests the chance to dance, enjoy the party, and socialize all while eating their meal.
Guests are also able to sample more of the delicious food you’ve chosen, as the small portions and fast service give them the opportunity to try a little bit of everything.
From succulent dishes to savory sauces to sweet treats, there are dozens of options for delicious finger foods suitable for a wedding reception.
Why Choose a Finger Food Reception?
A finger food menu is desirable and attractive for several reasons, depending on a couple’s reception plans.
Cost: Generally speaking, a selection of finger foods – even gourmet hors d’oeuvres – will be less expensive than a fully catered meal. Couples can save even more if they choose to make many of the dishes themselves. Finger foods also save money on rental china and cutlery and require less labor to serve. Couples should note, however, that extremely elaborate hors d’oeuvres can be more costly than simple full service meals.
Formality: Finger foods can be suitable for either a formal or a casual wedding, depending on the exact menu selection. Cheese and crackers is great for a casual event, while more exotic pates may be best for a formal affair.
Timing: Finger foods are best for receptions that fall between regular meal times, such as late morning or early afternoon events. They are also the perfect choice for shorter receptions, which may in turn lower rental costs for the location.
Variety: By opting for small finger foods, a couple can offer a greater selection of culinary treats for their guests to sample, rather than selecting only two or three main dishes. This can be especially valuable for a large reception with many diverse tastes, as well as multicultural celebrations that can introduce new foods to everyone.