Wedding reception food on a budget? Top tips for saving on catering

28 Feb 2014

If you are considering the cost of food for a wedding celebration, it can be astronomical. Finger foods, party food and canapés are perfect for a mid-morning or early afternoon reception and could even be used to bridge the gap between the ceremony and reception dinner. Plus it’s a fun way to feed your guests. Everyone enjoys party nibbles with a sip of something special. There are many options for delicious finger foods suitable for a wedding reception. Here we put some ideas for you to get inspired.

If you are considering the cost of food for a wedding celebration, it can be astronomical. Finger foods, party food and canapés are perfect for a mid-morning or early afternoon reception and could even be used to bridge the gap between the ceremony and reception dinner. Plus it’s a fun way to feed your guests. Everyone enjoys party nibbles with a sip of something special.

There are many options for delicious finger foods that are suitable for a wedding reception. We put together a few ideas for you to get you inspired and your taste buds tingling!.

Avocado Pesto-Stuffed Tomatoes: Fresh cherry tomatoes are filled with a tasty mixture of avocado, cream cheese, and pesto for a delicious, bite-sized

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And if the far west inspires you, Japanese style finger foods might be a good choice and could include small sushi rolls, teriyaki chicken pieces, baked kabocha, and tempura.

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Mediterranean Cucumber Cups: Stuffed with a Greek-salad style mixture make for a very tasty wedding treat and a healthy spin on traditional finger foods.

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New York themed finger foods include miniature hamburgers and hot dogs with gourmet toppings and sauces.

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Bread is essential for any food finger food buffet, but the type you choose depends on the style and theme of your buffet. You could choose toast slices of Italian or French bread, then add spreads such as cream cheese, goat cheese or tapenade topped with light fixings such as smoked salmon, capers or prosciutto.

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Cupcakes are coming in all shapes and sizes these days and that’s right, even Lasagna Cupcakes! They are easily made using all of the same ingredients in your classic lasagna with layers of meat, three types of cheeses, and pasta.

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Miniature desserts are another sweet treat that can be eaten standing up. Bite sized cheesecakes, mini fruit tarts and chocolate brownies are ideal.

You can always provide individual scoops or spoons for shot glass mousses or sundaes.

Photo from katesokoler, southernweddings, sallysbakingaddiction and comfortcooking

It's easy to tie in different party foods with whatever wedding theme you are having and whether it's for a reception or party to celebrate your engagement, it can be a good alternative to a traditional sit down meal.

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