Themed wedding catering ideas

themed wedding catering ideas

When it comes to themed wedding catering, there are a huge number of options to choose from. Depending on where you’re holding your reception and how far your budget can stretch, there’ll be a catering option that’ll add to the magic of your special day. Here are a few themes that have gained in popularity over recent years to give you some ideas:

Bowl food

Ever since Harry and Meghan’s wedding, we’ve seen an increase in the popularity of bowl food. Having everything in one bowl makes it easy for guests to mingle as they eat as they don’t necessarily have to sit down to enjoy it. So if you want an informal atmosphere but want to provide your guests with something more substantial than finger food, bowl food could be the perfect thing.

Festival style

Many couples like to have a festival theme for their wedding, so why not have festival-style food as well? Hire different companies to bring their vans or stalls to provide the types of street food that you expect at festivals. This will give your guests the chance to pop over and grab something to eat whenever they’re hungry or want to have a rest from the dancing.

Food stations

If you’re thinking in terms of a buffet at your wedding, you don’t have to stick to just one theme. All your guests will have different likes and dislikes, so why not cater to as many as possible with different food stations so they can pick and choose for themselves. Go global and have stations with different world foods. You don’t even have to have a theme – just go with types of food you know people will like. And don’t forget the pudding station!

Afternoon tea

Usually another occasion people love to get dressed up for, an afternoon tea is always an enjoyable and elegant treat. Therefore, serving afternoon tea at your wedding is a great idea – the tiered stands full of sandwiches, scones and cakes sitting on tables full of pretty crockery will create a feast for the eye as well as the stomach! And the concept works equally well if your guests want to drink tea or fizz… or both!


Even though tapas is Spanish, the theme of tapas you serve at your wedding can be anything you want. The true joy of this food is that you’re presented with lots of small dishes of different types of food so everyone at the table can have a little bit of everything, experimenting with dishes they’re not familiar with without committing to an entire plateful. It’s a fun and delicious way of eating and gives your guests something to talk about at the same time.

Sharing platters

There has been a recent trend for having sharing platters at weddings. The food looks beautiful and everyone can help themselves to whatever they like. Placing serving dishes of food ‘family style’ on the table gives guests the chance to serve themselves and each other, which makes the occasion feel friendlier and more personal.

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7 Oct 2019

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