Finger food wedding menu

Updated Oct 12 2015
Ceremony - smores "cake"
Juliette and David feeding each other their finger food version of cake! Photo by I Luv Photo

This wedding menu roundup was inspired by and based on Juliette and David's rock 'n' roll wedding with finger foods. Juliette explained their menu:

I didn't want a sit-down meal, so I worked with the head chef to create a menu of dozens of finger foods including tofu lollipops, mini chicken lettuce cups, and a station where a chef steamed dumplings to order.

You've got to see what she served for dessert — classiest s'mores ever!? Keep reading and get inspired (and hungry).

Cocktail Hour
Prociutto with port wine fig crostini
Cocktail Hour
Chicken lettuce cups with chili plum sauce. Photo by I Luv Photo.
Roasted tofu lollipops with pesto. Source: via Courtney on Pinterest
Brie grilled cheese with fruit preserves. Source: via Erin on Pinterest
They served firecracker wonton wrapped shrimp, like these. Source: via Janice on Pinterest
Braised short ribs. Source: via Cindy on Pinterest
Dumpling station
Authentic steamed Asian dumplings. Spicy beef, braised pork and ginger, vegetable mushroom pot sticker with ginger soy sauce, crushed chili ponzu, Thai basil aioli.
Ceremony - smores "cake"
Smores for dessert. Photo by I Luv Photo.
Guest favor - rock candy
Rock candy favors

  1. My only problem with these is that it looks difficult to eat 20 of each, but I'm pretty sure my taste buds would demand it.

  2. Huzzah for finger foods! That's totally what we're doing, too. I don't like sit down meals either, I want everybody to be up and mingling as much as possible, so finger foods are the perfect choice for us!

  3. How do you eat braised short ribs as a finger food ? How did people eat the crostini without spilling sauce ? I am curious, too.

  4. We're doing finger foods, too, at our wedding reception in September. There will be a buffet with mini fontina tuna melts, mac and cheese cups, chicken salad with grapes in pastry cups, spinach artichoke dip with pita chips, and homemade billy goat potato chips with aioli. Plus there will be bowls of spiced popcorn on the tables and waiter-passed homemade soft pretzel bites. And instead of cake, we're renting an ice cream truck to serve hand-dipped drumsticks and sorbet. I'm so excited!

  5. We would love to do a finger foods, heavy hors d'oeuvres and stations menu in lieu of a sit-down meal! We will have a lot of people though (300+). Thoughts on how to make this kind of finger food set up work for a large crowd?

    • I would have food in several places (like with stations or multiple buffets) to avoid a long line of people filing through a single buffet. In addition, I would also do some passed hors d'oeuvres. Basically like a big cocktail party.

    • I agree with the suggestion of multiple stations, but perhaps another option (or one that could be used along with stations) would be passed hors d'oeuvres. With a large group (and a large space) people might get pretty far away from the food and miss out unless some of the food came to them. Plus, having someone offer you a tasty item from a tray just always seems fun.

  6. Thank you for such nice comments, everyone! We had so much fun coming up with the menu. And the venue was soooo good to work with. I have a peanut allergy, and they were able to create an Asian-themed menu that I could actually eat. We had around 100 guests, and we had the lighter treats passed during a cocktail hour, then had the other items arranged over several stations for the dinner hour. It worked out really well, and kept everyone moving and socializing – just what we had hoped for!

  7. Please explain those adorable little s'mores to me! I'm helping my friend plan her wedding and she wanted to do a s'mores bar but we can't have an open flame at the place where she's having the reception 🙁 those look perfect (and delicious)!

    • The smores were made in advance by the hotel chef – it's a chocolate dipped graham cracker with toasted merengue. They were served on large platters, so there was never actually an open flame at the reception.

  8. We are grandparents and yes we are getting are getting in December. Our wedding is going to be simple, small and better close family and friends. We want to heavy hors d'oeuvres. However we cannot afford a caterer but I have family and friends that are willing make them. Can you give me a list of simple hors d'oeuvres? I want to my family and friend simple things. Maybe I'm asking for too much. I will appreciate if you can give me a list. I'm doing for 100 people to be in save side. Please any idea is appreciated.
    Thank you so much

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