Wedding Reception Food Ideas

  You want to have pizza at your wedding? As odd as this may sound, more and more people are opting to have pizza as a wedding reception dish. No matter what your wedding type, pizza can make a great wedding reception food choice. After all, it is still your wedding and you should be able to pick what food you want for the reception. Here are some ideas about how to have pizza at your wedding reception and make it the talk of the party for all the right reasons.

There is a kind of pizza for every wedding type. First, decide what type of wedding you are having. Is it formal, informal, or casual? Is it traditional, contemporary, or unique? Next, inventory your likes and dislikes. If you could have anything at your wedding reception, what would it be? Do you truly want barbecue pizza at your haute-cuisine reception? With a little creativity, you can make this happen.

For a formal wedding, pizza can be a part of pre-dinner appetizers in the form of mini-pizzas. Have goat cheese and sun dried tomato on crostini or gouda on toast points with grape tomatoes. If you want to have pizza as a main dish, this can still be done even at a sit-down dinner. Offer the choice of wilted spinach and smoked chicken, caramelized onion and salmon, filet mignon and swiss cheese, or roasted vegetable pizza as main dish options. A good chef can make this a very elegant meal with an arugula and goat cheese salad.

The above options lend themselves very well to an appetizer buffet, which is a wonderful option for any wedding reception style except the very formal. Include a parmesan, mozzarella and gouda fondue at a contemporary wedding reception or buffalo chicken kebabs as sides at an intimate or casual buffet.

For a very intimate wedding reception, you could host the party at your favorite family-style Italian restaurant. Pizza could be accompanied by spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, and pasta and pesce Alfredo and finished with tiramisu and dessert wine.

Very casual and family-oriented weddings can end with pitch-in or barbecue receptions. For a pitch-in, you could have each person bring their favorite home-made pizza flavor. For a barbecue, of course, guests could be treated to a barbecue chicken, sweet onion, and cheddar pizza alongside the pulled pork and cole slaw.

Pizza could top off destination or theme weddings nicely. After a beach wedding, what could be better than Hawaiian pizza and pina coladas or Mexican pizza and margaritas?

Any of these ideas may sound like sacrilege to you if all you’ve been hearing about is the standard beef, chicken, or fish sit-down dinner. It is good to remember, though, that it is your wedding, and if you have your heart set on pizza, you deserve it. With a little creativity, pizza can successfully star at any type of wedding. If your caterer is worth her rolling pin, she’ll be able to come up with the perfect pizza for just the wedding you have in mind.