While you’re adjusting your dress, veils and trains, getting ready for photos, your guests have one thing on their mind: food. 

We’ve all been to a wedding where there just wasn’t enough food. The celebration lasts for hours, typically from mid-afternoon into the night. (Yes, we’re talking about you and your dancing shoes, Uncle John). Keeping your guests satisfied is extremely important for the overall mood of your special day. 

Aside from the ceremony itself (which is usually short and sweet), the food and drinks are the focal point, so let’s get it right. Here are some crowd-pleasing wedding reception catering ideas to consider. 

1. Banquet 

If you’re looking for a more intimate and formal setting then it’s hard NOT to like this wedding catering menu idea. This more classic sit down style is a great opportunity to unite the tables and share in the magic that is food. Banquets are a wonderful choice if you’re wanting a set menu and a variety of food to choose from.

2. Sharing Menu  

If you’re looking for a seated style but with a less-formal eating arrangement then this option could be perfect for you. Like the idea of platters on tables? Do you prefer your guests standing, dancing, and interacting? With sharing platters they can serve themselves from their table and nibble as they like, with shared mains and dessert plates. For example, roasted pork loin with crackling, served with potatoes, greens and gravy. 

3. Buffet 

Looking for a casual, informal setting? Want to give your loved ones a food station (of entrees and main meals) that they can help themselves to with the opportunity to come back for seconds? Consider a buffet for your wedding catering menu. Choose from five to six sides, four to five mains, and two to three desserts. This option will provide your guests with a variety of food options and there is usually always something for everyone.

4. Canapes 

Canapes are a great addition to any wedding catering menu choice. Servers can walk around with canapes and position ‘mini-meals’ on the table. It’s a stylish, convenient way to keep your guests satisfied while they wait for the big meal. Canapes go down a treat with pre-dinner drinks. Our options include prawn gyoza dumplings, duck spring rolls, southern fried chicken tenders, and pulled-pork sliders. Mmmm! 

5. Grazing Table

This is fast becoming a popular addition to all wedding menus. Bring a grazing platter out as snacks before or after your main meal. This will keep your guests’ bellies full and hearts happy. You could have set-ups for antipasto, cheese, charcuterie, and seafood. Your guests can come and go as they please, but don’t be surprised if there’s a crowd gathered around the grazing table. Who doesn’t love a platter?

Award-winning, 5-star chefs, in the Adelaide Hills. 

Dreaming of the Adelaide Hills as your wedding photo backdrop? Talk to the wedding event management team at Adelaide Hills Convention Centre. We offer all of these menu options, great-value wedding packages (with accommodation) and the finest views, you’ll fall in love with. 

Visit our weddings page for more information about what your special day with us could look like. It’s wedding album worthy. 

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