Wedding Reception Buffet Menu Ideas

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A buffet-style wedding reception can be a tasty and attractive way to offer your guests a variety of foods to choose from.

Carving Station

For a carving station, you will choose the types of meats you would like to serve at the reception. For example, you may decide to have roasted chicken and roast beef. A number of different meats may be included at a carving station. Your caterer will go over what is in your budget. A carving station will also include rolls and various condiments. A carving station is usually offered when the wedding reception occurs during the dinner hour.

Pasta Station

A pasta station is often included at a buffet-style wedding reception. This station will have one or two cooks preparing each guest's individual pasta plate. The guests will be able to choose the type of pasta they want, usually a penne or a fettucini-style noodle. Several sauces will be offered. Marinara and fettucini sauces are two popular choices. There may also be different toppings sauteed for the pasta, such as mushrooms or pepper.

Mashed Potato Bar

Mashed potato bars are a popular trend at wedding receptions. A mashed potato bar will allow guests to enjoy mashed potatoes in a martini glass. They will be able to top their mashed potatoes with the toppings they choose. This station will include mashed potatoes, shredded cheeses, sour cream, chives, bacon bits and any other topping you choose to have. Your guests will enjoy a new twist on an old dish.

Fruits and Cheeses

For a lighter option, a fruit and cheese station is perfect. There are many creative and beautiful ways to set up a fruit station. Some caterers will design the fruits in the shape of a "fruit tree." You can include an assortment of cheeses and crackers as well. Fruits and cheeses work well if you are on a low budget. A reception may serve heavy or light hors d'oeuvres, and fruits and cheeses are a good accompaniment either way.