(Closed) Casual/Bar themed wedding food…need ideas please

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 3
547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

When I think of bar food, I think of munchies not necessarily dinner. I think of comfort food/appetizers: nachos, burgers, fries, chicken wings, sandwiches, ribs, mozzerella sticks, pigs in a blanket, onion rings, fried chicken, chicken tenders, potato skins, quesadillas, pizza, chilli, mac & cheese, etc.

Maybe you could just have a big assortment of these types of munchies? Like have a giant cocktail hour instead of dinner? I’ve seen things like this done more “upscale” if that’s what you’re going for.

Post # 5
9145 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@boodle2007:  We’re doing pulled pork, ribs and smoked chicken for our BBQ wedding.  FH also wants a nacho bar for late night snacking.

Post # 6
4436 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@PrincessBride27:  Awesome ideas- you nailed everything I was thinking!!

Post # 7
7272 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@boodle2007:  Mashed Potato bars are getting popular. You have a bunch of martini glasses and people load up their potatoes with an assortment of different toppings. Pretty yummy. You could also have it plated that way with maybe pulled pork or something. 

Post # 8
4525 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MexiPino:  Well, we are DEFINITELY doing a mashed potato bar, now. EXCELLENT idea!

@boodle2007:  I am the “your fiance” in this scenario: after college, I went to work for Hooters, so wings have a special place in my heart 🙂 For our immediate, after wedding reception, we are going the backyark BBQ route (ever seen a bride eating a hotdog in her gown? stay tuned) and keeping it casual. For our reception back in our home state, we are doing sliders, Hooters wings, BBQ and, apparently, some Mexican food items as well 🙂

I personally enjoy weddings with food I actually *want* to eat 🙂

Post # 9
7272 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@badabing88:  Dang it. Now I want wings. I should really make breakfast….

Post # 10
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My only issue with the bar food listed is that it’s all fried or very unhealthy.  Can you throw some healthy options in there?  Maybe some chicken breast on a skewer?  I would have a pretty bad stomach ache if I ate wings, sliders, fries, fried pickles, and mozzarella sticks.

Post # 11
1778 posts
Buzzing bee

My favorite steak house has a great happy hour menu. Upscale a bit, but still amazing comfort food. This is kind of what comes to mind when you asked!






$1.75 ea
BBQ Oyster
Oyster on the half shell
Tuna Tartare Taco
Chilled Jumbo Shrimp
Prime Meatloaf Slider
Truffle Fries
Yam Fries
Prime Rib Bahn Mi
Potato Skin Fondue
Sweet Chili Chicken Wings
Moroccan Chicken Meatballs
Spicy Hummus & Fried Indian Bread
Buttermilk Onion Rings
Crispy Calamari
House Garlic Bread
Half-Rack of Tamarind BBQ’d Prawns
Dungeness Crab Tater Tots
Flatbread with Gruyere, Caramelized Onions,
Apples & Truffle Honey
Mini Burgers
Classic Hamburger
Cheddar Burger w/Bacon
Cambozola and Salsa Verde


Post # 12
2534 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Waffle fries! Curly Fries!

I agree a bit with the “I couldn’t eat that much fried food” camp. Though I would totally eat it and love it, I would also totally regret it the next day. 😛

So for healthy options, you could have a “Fries Station” (with regular, curly, pickle, etc.) and include celery, carrots, cucumber, etc. with a cool rance dipping sauce.

More healthy options: portabello burgers, lettuce wraps, veggie skewers/kabobs, taco station…

This sounds like a delicious wedding menu idea!

Post # 13
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Mashed potato bars are very popular, but what about a chili bar? Have both regular and veggie chili with all kinds of toppings and baked steak fries?

Post # 14
547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@CakeyP:  LOL +1! I also would love it that night, and then hate myself the next day. I do love your idea for the fries station with the veggies–very cute.


Post # 15
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Baimee:  Now THAT is my kind of menu. Oysters, tuna tartare, truffle fries…say no more.

My only issue with wings is how messy they are – you have to use your hand, you get sauce everywhere, you may be standing up with a plate in your hand and people are wearing nice dresses. Maybe instead you could do like a skewer with BBQ chicken (or whatever sauce you want) – having the stick and no bone might make it a bit neater but have the same idea.

Post # 16
3260 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Potato skins and bacon wrapped scallops.

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