November 17th, 2015

DIY Wedding Cocktail Hour Food Stations

The food at your wedding will be one of the most remembered aspects of the night! That's why it's important to take your time in choosing your menu. One suggestion to make your night unforgettable? DIY wedding cocktail hour food stations! 

Your reception is not the only time your guests should be served food, especially if you have a long ceremony. With a wedding cocktail hour, you can get fun and creative about the kinds of food to serve. Don't just think chicken or beef think outside the box to let you personality shine.

Why do we love food stations so much? Here are five reasons why they are the hottest new trend that you can not miss out on and why we think you should love them too! 

Reasons to Have Food Stations At Your Wedding

1. PersonalityFood stations can be unique to your taste and showcase your personality through food. For example if you love something specific like potatoes you can have a whole bar with different potato options like mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, and French fries. Then you can have different types of toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, bacon, homemade ketchup, garlic aioli and more. Even the pickiest eaters will find something they love and it is a fun and cute way for your guests to learn about you and your partner's favorite items! 

2. Fun: Hosting a cocktail hour with creative food stations is a great way to keep your guests entertained as they wait for the wedding party to arrive. Since food is such an easy talking point, it makes an excellent conversation starter for your guests, too. You can even serve dessert during cocktail hour, too!

3. Creativity: Food stations can really let your creativity shine from the food items you choose to having the station's ambience. It can even add to your decor and overall wedding theme! If you are worried about your wedding decor not being extravagant enough, putting together some food stations can contribute and add depth to your wedding's vibe. 

4. Compromise: If you and your partner have very different tastes in food, but want to incorporate what you both like, a food station may be for you. Also, if you and your partner are from different cultures with their own traditional dishes you can make stations based on each culture to make both families happy! After all marriage is about bringing two families together and what better way than with their favorite foods?

5. Money saver: If you decide that wedding cocktail hour food stations at your cocktail hour are right for you then you can take into consideration that your guests won't be starving heading into dinner time. Having a buffet inside at the reception after your wedding cocktail hour means that you won't have to order as much food. However, it's still important to have decent dinner portions at your reception.

Overall, we understand why food stations are popping up at weddings left and right. Who wouldn't want an entire station dedicated to their favorite food or maybe a dish that reminds the couple of a romantic night out together? We guarantee your guests will be dazzled and filled with great memories and food if you choose to indulge in this trendy option. 

Wedding Food Station Ideas

Now that you're familiar with the benefits of food stations, here are a few wedding cocktail hour ideas for a fun and flavorful evening:

Slider bar- Have guests choose their patty (beef, chicken, or veggie), then add their favorite toppings. Pick a variety of cheese, veggies, and condiments so guests can dress up their burger as much as they want! This is a great option for kid-friendly weddings, too.

Taco bar Think hard and soft corn and flour tortillas, different kinds of salsas, protein, guacamole and cheese, Perfectly for virtually any kind of diet: omnivore, vegetarian, and even gluten-free!

Sushi bar If you're feeling brave, give a sushi bar a try. Make sure to include a variety of rolls so that sushi newbies can indulge, too. Safe bets include California and Philadelphia rolls, but don't be afraid to add some sashimi to your spread!

Cheese and crackers As traditional as they are, cheese and crackers are always a favorite for cocktail hour. Make sure to add an assortment of crackers, crostini, and breads, as well as varioius cheeses and fruit to suite every palate.

Overall, we understand why food stations are popping up at weddings left and right. Who wouldn't want an entire station dedicated to their favorite food or maybe a dish that reminds the couple of a romantic night out together? We guarantee your guests will be dazzled and filled with great memories and food if you choose to indulge in this trendy option.

Are you planning on having a cocktail hour at your wedding/ What kinds of food will you serve? let us know in the comments! We're excited to hear your creative ideas.

Want more creative wedding ideas? Check out our list of DIY wedding favor ideas!

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