Unexpected Wedding Food Ideas for Your Outdoor Wedding
There are a few parts of your wedding that will make or break the entire event. You have to have romantic vows, great dance music and incredible food at your reception. Without a tasty menu, guests get hangry. Keep everyone happy by using a few unexpected wedding food ideas for your outdoor wedding.
These aren’t the typical reception foods people think about when they get their invitation in the mail, but they’ll satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Play around with each option to match the theme and formality you’ve planned for your big day.
Mini Lobster Rolls
There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a hot seafood dinner. Lobster is a big crowd-pleaser, but you don’t have to have a big budget to give everyone this marine delicacy. Instead, work with your caterer to make mini lobster rolls. Guests can dine on them as an appetizer alongside an array of dipping sauces.
DIY Pizza Bar
If you’re worried about not having something for everyone, put dinner in their hands. Literally. Many brides with casual reception venues organise a DIY pizza bar so everyone can make what they like. Offer various toppings and all your caterer will have to do is pop the personal pizzas in an outdoor, wood-fired oven.
Pre-Made Popcorn Packets
Anyone can get a bulk package of popcorn kernels for their wedding. Pop them before you start your hair and makeup routine, then arrange them in paper packets. Arrange them around your cocktail hour tables or by the bar so everyone has something to snack on while you take pictures.
French Fry Cones
You can also get a vendor to make fresh french fries and arrange them in paper cones. Depending on the supplies you find, you can match the cones to your theme or decor. Everyone loves french fries and they’ll pair perfectly with barbecue or burgers as your main course. Make sure you find the best supplies to have a powerful, safe setup for your grilling needs.
Cotton Candy Sticks
Want to skip a reception cake? Give your guests colorful cotton candy sticks instead. You can ask a friend to operate it after your dinner or hire a vendor to do it instead. Either way, people will love this unexpected wedding food.
You can also play on the cotton candy theme. Make it available for all your guests, but give the adults cotton candy cocktails along with your other options at the bar too.
Pasta Dish Bar
Pasta tastes delicious inside or outside. Set up a pasta bar under a string of Edison bulbs and invite everyone to eat their plates at lace-covered picnic tables. Pasta is another food that no one can turn away. Give them toppings like marinara or alfredo sauce, plus meats like meatballs or grilled chicken so they can make whatever dinner they want.
Schedule a Taste Testing
There are endless possibilities when you want unexpected wedding food ideas for your outdoor wedding. Narrow down what you like and then schedule a taste testing. You’ll know which food is right for your reception when you go back for seconds.