Buffets Are Fine, but These Wedding Food Ideas Are Fun

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The whole world has become food-obsessed, and weddings are no exception. It is becoming a very important element at weddings and a great way to add character to your wedding, with regional dishes that reflect the backgrounds of the bride and groom adding a touch of personalization. Great emphasis is also being placed on live cooking stations, family-style dinners, and fun and quirky ways to serve food. To say food has become a form of entertainment is an understatement.

It’s also very important to ensure that your guests don’t go hungry. As with most weddings, there are so many factors that could delay the time that dinner is served, so it’s always a good idea to serve canapés as people are arriving and gathering or while they wait for the wedding party to arrive. We also recommend setting snacks such as nuts, chocolates, and mini savory items on the tables, so people have some nibbles while they wait for your grand entrance!

But what about the rest of the reception? Enter: Zainab Alsalih, founder of Carousel, one of the most highly sought-after luxury wedding design and planning agencies in the Middle East. Not only is Alsalih the creative force behind the stunning weddings in Carousel’s portfolio, but she also boasts nine years of event planning in the region. Here’s what she suggests.

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Midnight Snacks

Your guests would love snacks around midnight and after a night of dancing, especially if the treats are unexpected! Easy crowd-pleasers include popcorn, slices of pizza, milk and cookies, fish and chips out of a cone, and just about anything that comes out of a food truck.

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Live Stations

Taco stations, carving boards, custom sliders with fries, and ice cream stations are all great ways to make serving food a lot more fun at your wedding.

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Build-Your-Own Food Bars

People love anything interactive – think: a candy stand where people can scoop out treats of their own taste, an ice cream sundae station with an array of flavors and toppings, a make-your-own-taco bar complete with meat, vegan, and vegetarian fixings.

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Traditional Feasts

Do you have any specific food and beverage ideas that are more traditional and reflective of your country, your background, or your family? Guests love to see what different people and cultures eat and drink, so don’t be afraid to host a super traditional spread.

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Coffee Bars

These are on the rise in weddings! Create a custom coffee bar with monogrammed coffee cups that your guests can keep as souvenirs – they’ll double as wedding favors.

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