DIY Soup Bar for November Wedding? Could we make this work / suggestions?

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 61
830 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

+1 for Italian wedding soup!

Not sure if it really “goes”, but maybe you could do a pasta dish? To me soup is something I can only eat one bowl of, so I’d probably want something else like that in addition to sandwiches and salad.

I also saw these “grilled cheese soup dippers” on Pinterest the other day and when I saw your post I immediately thought of them!


Post # 62
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

My fiance LOVES soup so he would love this idea.  It’s definitely unique, but I think as long as you have other dishes that people can fill up on if they don’t like soup, you’ll be in good shape.  I love the idea of having toppings where people can customize and things like stews or chowders can also be quite filling.

Post # 63
1884 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I love soup so I can see this working as long as you have more substantial soups, which it sounds like you will, plus some yummy home made breads and some salads.

Post # 64
13533 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

DH and I are not big soup fans, so I’d probably be a little disappointed if that’s the focal point of the meal. Sure, I can have a salad or something, but at that point, it’s all just lackluster to me. That being said, if your crowd loves soups, go for it — make sure you have plenty of carbs (rolls/breads/whatever) and protein like PPs have said. I do like the pasta dish(es) someone suggested — Olive Garden caters cheap, so you could get a couple big trays of something to serve alongside the soup.

Post # 65
842 posts
Busy bee

I’m just going to say this..

Soup bar? Awesome idea, and I wish I could do this myself. Fiance and I are really big soup/salad eaters… we just love it.

Any wedding that would serve Italian Wedding or Zuppa Toscana would be my favorite wedding ever. 

Post # 66
9673 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Pasta would be great!

Even just angel hair in olive oil with maybe garlic and parmesan or something simple.

Post # 67
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’m here to say that I love this idea. I’m not normally one to stray from the normal “We’re having chicken, beef, blah blah” (and especially if people are trying to pass off apps as a meal), but I really love this. And it sounds delicious!

Post # 68
2171 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I echo a PP when she suggested coupling sandwhiches that would go with the soups you pick. Grilled cheese with a tomato soup is delightful. I love this idea too, talk about the perfect meal for this time of year. Very unique. 

Post # 70
1434 posts
Bumble bee

Soup with bread/sandwiches are my favorite dinners, so I love this idea! Grilled cheese is an obvious pairing, but it would be hard to do or keep warm.

I’d suggest at least one creamy soup because I know some people really prefer those to soups that are more chunky. And for the chili, maybe just a vegetarian chili, but with tons of toppings including bacon so that meat lovers and vegetarians can both eat it (you don’t have to cook 2 separate soups).

I’d second chips for the chili. If you have a way to keep it warm you could do a version of garlic bread so you’ve got a really buttery seasoned bread to dip into your soups.

And definitely make sure to have at least one salad because soups can be a little heavy.

Post # 71
4238 posts
Honey bee

I love soups and I love this idea! I agree with everyone who says that sandwiches may be too hard to keep from being soggy and there would be big lines to use grills, etc., so I would do lots of nice breads and then maybe have lots of delicious toppings to add into the soup and chilli.

I also like the idea of having pulled pork or meatballs so people could make sandwiches, too. We had pulled pork at the wedding with slider buns, and people loved it. 

Post # 72
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I think soup at a fall wedding sounds wonderful. I would love soup and salad. I personally would need some additional protein before having dessert. My blood sugar gets wonky without protein. 

What about adding chicken to one of the salads? You could have a chicken Caesar salad. I’d also do fine with meatballs or quiche. I guess you could even do a salad bar but have an option of shredded chicken or boiled eggs on the bar. 

Post # 74
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We just got married on the 14th and did soup and salads. It was a big hit with our crowd which was only about 30 people. We had 4 soups, chili, vegetable beef, broccoli cheddar, and chicken and noddles (more pasta-ish than soup). We had rolls and cornbread (optional apple butter), chips like tostitos scoops for chili and plain ruffles, and salad with all the fixings. Bacon bits, hard boiled egg, cut up veggies, croutons, plenty of dressings and you could do cut up meat like ham, turkey, chicken etc for a big hearty salad. You’ve gotten good suggestions so far so I think you could make it work. Most people did try more than one soup. We had the traditional wedding cake but also had pumpkin pie/whipped cream.

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