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Wedding Evening Buffet Ideas

When we talk about the wedding evening buffet we normally get visions of bland pastry, limp sandwiches and less-than-appetising vol-au-vents. As the afterthought to the main event, the evening buffet can be the neglected chapter of the wedding menu, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

Don’t leave your evening guests with a poor aftertaste in their mouths. Give them a delicious treat that reflects the standard of your day, while echoing the attention to detail that you carried through your entire wedding.

I have pulled together a few alternatives to the traditional wedding evening buffet to give you something to think about….

A Hog Roast

Wedding Evening Buffet Ideas

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An old favourite that might not be that unusual but so tasty. A hog roast is a great option and everyone seems to love it, hot pork with crispy crackling with apple sauce, Yum!

Giant Paella

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Paella is a great spectacle with the huge sizzling pans and the mouth-watering aromas that fill the air, your guests will love this treat.

Pizza

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This is becoming increasingly popular, the wood fired pizza! There are speciality companies that will come to your venue and serve it straight from their vintage vans/converted horse boxes.

Tapas

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Who doesn’t love Tapas? You can offer a wide selection of food that you are bound to cover everyone’s needs.

Barbeque

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A barbeque on a sunny evening? It doesn’t get much better! Don’t forget about a vegetarian option.

Cheeseboard

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A personal favourite of mine! Cheese and Port would offer your guests a classy snack to finish off your day. Serve with a selection of fruit, crackers and chutneys and you’re onto a winner.

Burritos

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This spicy mexican snack can offer your guests a choice if you provide a build your own option.

Fish and Chips

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This is the snack that can really hit the spot late in the evening when your guests are ready for a tasty bite.

Antipasti

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Aw… Italian Antipasti – yum! All those cured meats, olives, cheeses and fresh crusty breads, who could resist?

Crepes

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Everyone loves a crepe, you could offer both savoury and sweet options to cover all tastes.

Waffles

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Oh… Belgian waffles are always a hit with my family and friends at any time of the day!

Check with your venue

If you are planning on bringing in specialist companies to provide food or drink always check with your reception venue if this is permitted before you commit to a booking.

Hopefully, this has given you food for thought – Sorry! couldn’t resist that line 🙂

Paul Crawford

Wedding Photographer Paul Crawford

Paul is married to Patricia (who helped him write these Wedding Hints & Tips posts!!) and the proud Dad to 2 fantastic sons.

He has been a full-time professional photographer since 1990 and been privileged to have been asked to photograph well over 1300 weddings since then.

He worked in his own High Street Photography Studios up until December 2010 when he decided to downsize and work from home. He now splits his time between running Photography Courses and Workshops and Wedding Photography, limiting himself to 30 weddings a year to maintain the quality and high level of customer service to each of his couples.

Based in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland

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