A buffet can be a convenient and affordable way to serve a meal at your wedding reception, and with care and consideration, a buffet can be just as elegant and delicious as any seated meal. The first step, however, is to plan your buffet wisely - a centered buffet line, for example, allows your guests to serve themselves from both sides of the tables, making the meal easier and faster to begin.
Using elevated serving dishes will make foods at the back or center of your buffet tables more accessible and the tiered appearance will be more attractive and elegant. Elevated dishes also make the most of narrow tables and free up more space for your full menu.
Think outside the traditional menu when you're planning your wedding reception buffet. While dinner is the most common choice, a breakfast buffet with omelets, fruit, pastries, bacon, sausage, pancakes, and other selections will be just as delicious and even more affordable. Breakfast selections can be a unique evening buffet, or you can choose a brunch buffet for an earlier wedding.
A carving station adds a delicious option to your buffet. Roast beef, pork loin, ham, roast turkey, slow roasted ribs, and grilled fish can all be served through a carving station if desired. You can also arrange other individual serving stations for custom omelets, specialty coffees, or other customized dishes.
Decorating your buffet tables will help you coordinate your wedding reception decorations. Draping ribbons or fabric in your wedding colors along the edge of the table is an easy way to add color and beauty to the tables, and you can also add a table runner or other details along the serving line.
A basket of rolls or dinner breads is the perfect addition to your buffet tables. While classic white dinner rolls are always popular, choosing several types of bread will make your buffet even more delicious and memorable as a wedding dinner. Poppyseed rolls, sun dried tomato baguettes, and garlic breadsticks are all great choices.
Covered serving dishes help keep your food warm between courses or before guests have begun to serve themselves. Tying a napkin around the handle of the serving dishes' lids will act as a potholder, and choosing napkins in your wedding colors adds an instant colorful burst to your buffet table.
If you are choosing unique or unusual dishes for your wedding buffet, adding simple labels to each dish will help your guests decide if they want to try something new. This is especially important if you have guests with food allergies or other dietary concerns, as they can avoid potentially dangerous dishes on your buffet. Use a wedding font or heart-shaped label to keep your buffet beautiful.
Drinks can be added to your buffet line if desired, but be sure any alcoholic cocktails will not be easy for underage guests to choose. Filling just a few glasses at a time can also help you avoid opening too many bottles and may keep the bar tab down.
Don't be afraid to add some unique dishes to your wedding reception buffet. Chilled oysters, unique salads, gourmet breads, and unusual pasta sauces are all popular choices, but be sure your buffet also has some familiar favorites for guests with less adventurous tastes.
An ice sculpture is a unique and beautiful addition to any wedding buffet. Swans, hearts, initials, doves, and bowls are all popular designs, and the sculpture can even be designed to be used as a chilled serving bowl for fruit, salad, or punch.
Whether you just want to add a few desserts to a full meal buffet or if you want to plan a full dessert buffet, attractive and unusual dishes can make even simple desserts deliciously beautiful. Choose stemware to serve berries, gelatin, pudding, mousse, or other popular desserts in an elegant way.
If you don't want your whole reception meal to be a buffet, consider adding just one type of buffet section to the menu. Appetizers, desserts, and salad are popular buffet options, or you can have a "make-your-own" type of buffet to accompany the meal. Tacos, baked potatoes, and sundaes are all great choices for a buffet station.
A finger food buffet is an economical option for a casual wedding with no seated meal or for a cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception. Popular dishes for appetizer buffets include shrimp cocktail, sushi, meatballs, cheese and crackers, vegetable puffs, cookies, and dipped strawberries.
A chocolate fondue fountain is a delicious treat for the end of a meal buffet, or it can be a beautiful centerpiece of a specialized dessert buffet. Chopped fruit, pound cake, angel food cake, and pretzels are all popular dipping options. For more wedding elegance, consider a white chocolate fountain instead.
By considering different buffet wedding ideas, you can plan a delicious and affordable wedding meal to share with your guests. Buffets can be elegant, attractive, and tasty, and clever planning can make your buffet memorable for all your guests.