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There are two main types of wedding buffet, a finger buffet that consists of food, which can be eaten without the use of cutlery (e.g. Finger Food), or a Fork Buffet (you can see where it’s going can’t you!), which can be either hot or cold food but is normally eaten with cutlery.


A finger buffet is the most informal option, your guests will help themselves to a selection of Finger Food and will choose between standing or sitting to eat.  This is normally most popular for an evening reception as guests can help themselves throughout the evening.  This kind of buffet can be quite difficult to organise for an afternoon reception particularly if you want to combine toasts and speeches. Whichever part of your day (or if at all) you choose to include a finger buffet don’t think that it has to consist of sausage rolls, pork pies, cheese-on-sticks and crisps – though you certainly wouldn’t get any complaints from me if it did!


Contemporary Finger Wedding Buffet Options

  • Selection of Sandwiches & Wraps
  • Mini Quiche Bites
  • Hoisin Duck Wantons
  • Crab & Prawn Fingers
  • Minted Lamb Kebab
  • Spiced Chicken Goujons
  • Chicken & Green Thai Curry Boats
  • Onion Bhajis
  • Spring Rolls
  • Chicken & Pepper Kebabs
  • Spinach & Crème Fraiche Puffs
  • Honey Mustard Chicken on toasted Brochettes
  • Moroccan Turkey & Chicory Boats
  • Red Onion & Three Cheese Tartlets

There are two types of Fork Buffet, both of which are quite suitable for your Wedding Breakfast.  The first is a Gourmet version of a Finger Buffet serving sliced meats, this is typically referred to as a 'Cold' Buffet. The second is a Hot Buffet, where the main course is served from hot plates.  It could be a carvery, or a selection of hot dishes like those detailed in the example menu below.  The biggest benefit of either of these over a traditional sit down meal is that it allows your guests some degree of choice. For both of these, typically a single starter and dessert option are served by waiters in the normal way but guests then get a choice of foods for their main course and will be served (or serve themselves) from a table containing platters of food or hotplates. A hot buffet is less practical for serving on an evening as there will simply be too much going on to organise guests enough to provide this kind of Buffet.


Cold Wedding Buffet Options

  • Hand Carved Honey Roast Ham
  • New Potatoes in a parsley & Mustard Dressing
  • Darn of Salmon in a Coriander & Lime Dressing, Whisped in Hollandaise Sauce
  • Stilton, Cherry Tomatoes & Basil Tartlets
  • Prime Carve Roast Beef with a New Potato and Horseradish Dressing
  • Chargrilled Pork layered with Apple Stuffing and Glazed with Tomatoes and Red Onion Marmalade
  • Breaded Prawn Kebabs with Wild Rice
  • Mixed Leaf Salad
  • Tangerine & Coleslaw Salad
  • Beetroot & Red Cabbage Salad
  • Crusty Bread with Butter
  • Mangetout and Baby Spinach Salad
  • Feta and Olive Cous-Cous Salad
  • Mozzarella with Tomato & Basil Salad


Hot Wedding Buffet Options

  • Whole Honey-Roast Ham
  • Roast Forerib of Beef
  • Dressed Scottish Salmon
  • Hot Peppered Strips of Pork with Pilaff Rice
  • Stir Fried Vegetables Plum Sauce and Rice Noodles
  • Mozzarella & Mediterranean Lasagne
  • Corn Fed Chicken with Mixed Beans & Savoury Dumplings
  • Red Thai Chicken Curry
  • Stilton & Bacon Mash
  • Mixed Leaves with Honey & Mustard Dressing
  • Warm Vegetable & Cous-Cous Salsa
  • Hot Baby New Potatoes
  • Braised Cabbage, Bacon & Root Veg
  • Freshly Baked Rolls


Wedding Buffet Desert Options

  • Strawberry Mille-Feuille
  • Petit Chocolate Truffle Cake
  • Individual Black Forest Muffins
  • Hazelnut Cream Eclairs

It is probably be worth pointing out that the above are just possible options, and, as with any menu for your big day, the world is your oyster. When speaking to your venue (or caterer)about hot or cold buffets, you will probably need to pick 3-4 main dishes to be served alongside 3-6 side dishes such as salads, vegetables or bread rolls. For deserts, 2-3 will typically suffice.



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