Menu Ideas for Weddings

Design a delicious menu that fits with the rest of your wedding

By Heather Grenier

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When choosing your wedding menu, there are many things you will want to consider, including the time of year in which you are getting married, whether your meal will be seated or buffet style, and what you feel your guests would enjoy the most. Take these factors into consideration, and your wedding menu will be diverse and delicious.

Hors D'oeuvres

Serve hors d'oeuvres during the cocktail hour. Provide a mixture of stationary and passed hors d'oeuvres, as well as hot and cold items. Some cold, stationary items to consider would be a fresh fruit and cheese platter or vegetable crudites served with several dipping sauces. Have your waitstaff pass a selection of hot hors d'oeuvres that may include scallops wrapped in bacon, beef croquettes, chicken satay served with peanut dipping sauce and stuffed mushrooms.


Serve your guests cool dishes during the warmer weather and warm dishes during the cooler weather. These dishes may be served as part of a seated meal as the first course or as part of a buffet. Consider such cold appetizers as a garden salad, Caesar salad, antipasto salad or shrimp cocktail. Some warm appetizers to consider include clam chowder, Italian wedding soup, minestrone or a lobster bisque.

Main Meal

Give your guests some options when it comes to the main meal. You may do this by offering several dishes for a seated meal or a full buffet. Consider offering a choice of chicken, beef, vegetarian and seafood dishes. Some options for the main meal may include filet mignon with baked lobster tail, roasted stuffed chicken breast, vegetable lasagna, swordfish, chicken marsala, sirloin steak or salmon. For a unique twist, ask your kitchen or caterer if they can create a menu using you and your fiance's family recipes. This is a clever and unique way to weave family traditions into your wedding meal.


Serve your wedding cake as dessert to your guests, but include additional desserts as well. This may comprise serving chocolate-covered strawberries or ice cream with your wedding cake. You may also choose to serve an assortment of pastries, such as cookies, pies and cakes, from which your guests may choose. Also offer your guests an assortment of teas and coffees with dessert.

About the Author

Heather Grenier is a freelance writer and a contributor to DexKnows

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It's time to make a decision. Is it eggplant for everyone? Three courses or four? Or maybe you simply need to decide between broccoli rabe or asparagus for the buffet. Whatever the final details are, figure them out and finalize them. You'll get peace of mind -- and eventually, a delicious meal -- in return.

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A large serving dish that sits over a low flame to keep its contents warm. Popular at buffets.

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