(Closed) Finger foods?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
4485 posts
Honey bee

Sounds great. Go the simple route with frozen heavy appetizers from Costco/Sams which just have to be heated and served. That way, your relatives aren;t chained to the kitchen unable to enjoy your wedding. And being heavy appetizers, guests can easily make a full meal from them. You’d need 10-12 pieces per person minimum to be th equivalent of a full meal.

The pizza sounds great too. Just have your favorite place deliver and then transfer it to a serving platter.

Post # 4
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Honestly – while finger foods are delicious, I don’t think they really fit with a wedding.  They’re just too casual (and who wants to eat with their fingers while in a nice dress/suit?).

I do like heavy hors d’oeuvres though.  People can still get plates of food so they aren’t eating with their hands while it still gives off a more simple, cocktail hour type feel to the reception food.

Post # 5
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

I love finger foods and I think if you have enough they should be great!

Mini quiches, spanakopita, bacon wrapped figs or scallops, flatbreads, fondue, soup shots, lots of cheeeesseeeeee, italian sliced meats, pickles, etc. Mmm, some of my fave foods!

Post # 6
4485 posts
Honey bee

Finger foods are served at countless weddings and they fit just fine. If they weren’t, then you wouldn’t have cocktail hours which are now the norm (and unheard of decades ago) since they are the same thing. Very few of them have plates since folks get napkins only and eat with their fingers or a toothpick.

@ sabbilicious: Do what works for you and if someone else doesn;t like it, they can feed themselves on their own dime on the way home. Obviously you won;t be able to please everyone and you’ll go nuts trying.

Post # 9
3758 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Thats what we are doing! Maybe little sandwiches, lasagna or something I might do a taco bar because that is my favorite food =)

Post # 10
987 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

If your wedding is casual and guests haven’t travelled far then it’s fine!  Finger food is always tasty. 

I would be a very disappointed however if I received a formal wedding invite that didn’t mention that finger food would be the reception, bought you a nice gift and had travelled a long way to attend your wedding. 


Post # 11
4824 posts
Honey bee

I think this is fine. As with many things its all in the way its presented and even called.  Call it a cocktail reception and as long as there is enough “finger foods” and enough variety almost everyone will be satisfied.

Have you thought about how its going to be served? Are people walking around with it or will they be set up on stations around the area? If so, who will replenish the foods as they go down, do you have the stuff you need to keep it hot? 

Rollups cut in small slices can be made ahead and are easy to serve as well as the costco type stuff.

Meatballs on toothpicks, work well and again can be made ahead and frozen.

pulled pork for mini sliders

shrimp  etc

Post # 12
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Sounds lovely to me ๐Ÿ˜€

I think a lot of how “acceptable” finger-food receptions are depends on your location — in the tiny rural area where I live, there are verrrry few people who do all-out meals at their weddings, just because weddings tend to be local family affairs around here.

A lot of people have told me that the time of day makes a big difference, too — having it earlier in the day helps people not need or expect a big meal, especially if you time it between lunch and dinner. For a while, I’d thought about doing a brunch reception, which is low-key and easy, too. High fives to us finger-food reception gals ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 13
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re doing just finger foods as well.

Our wedding is at 2pm so hopefully that will fill people in. I’m still not sure how to word it on the invite. Cocktail reception is the most descriptive but we won’t be having alcohol thus no “cocktails” – I don’t really know.

Post # 14
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Our wedding was on Friday evening, and we just did finger foods and it went over super well.

We did cocktail meatballs, chicken skewers, smoked chicken and beef for mini sandwiches, and cheese and fruit.  We had a ton left over.  We did a gourmet veggie display with asparagus. etc.  It was really popular!

Post # 15
858 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Some of my favorite finger foods are these cucumber slices with a crab meat salad on top. I don’t even like shellfish, but I LOVE these appetizers. Then also there are wontons filled with like beef and cheese. Very delicious as well. What about those rolled up taco things that you slice? They are on a tortilla shell with like sour cream and cheeses and stuff?? I’m sorry that I don’t know what they are called. Finally, you could also do a cheese ball (or several) with crackers, and/or a bread bowl. (I work part time at a hunting lodge for very rich people, and this is some of the appetizers they serve, although the appetizers themselves aren’t that costly or hard to make).

Post # 16
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Linz1231: Did you have it catered or did you purchase it yourself? If it was catered could you tell me what you asked for of the caterer and (if you don’t mind) the price you paid per guest?

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