Small Plates & Hor D’Oeuvres for Your Wedding Day

Some wedding guests cannot get enough of a cocktail hour. It’s a great time to socialize and enjoy your wedding space. So when it comes to your menu, try to think about small plates and hor d’oeuvres that are diverse enough that your guests can each enjoy a bite or two. If you’re stuck on ideas, this is where an excellent caterer will know what to do. A general rule is to try and vary your options so that you offer a little bit of everything. Relish Caterers will guide you through every aspect of planning as well as creating spectacular wedding catering menus.

Inspired Hor D’Oeuvres:

Have fun with flavor when it comes to hors d’oeuvres! Allow there to be a mix of textures and flavors. The featured collage offers some flavor inspiration with a fried oyster in a bucket (top left), a honeydew gazpacho (top right), pretzel crusted shrimp (bottom left), and Asian beef tartar (bottom right).

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Sliders offer a great opportunity to put a new twist on a classic favorite. Consider these Relish Caterers slider creations that are featured on the Celebrate at Snug Harbor menus.  A falafel burger (left), short rib in a cream puff bun (top right), fried chicken slider (middle right), and a truffle beef sirloin slider (bottom right). While you’re keeping the classic style of a burger, you are also offering a variety of flavors.

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Small Plates:

If you’re looking to offer a bit more with your cocktail hour, consider offering your guests a few small plates. The featured photo captures a delicious burrata (left), steamed duck bao (top right), and tuna on a rice cracker (bottom right). Slightly larger in portion, a small plate is the perfect upgrade to your cocktail hour. Your guests that have traveled to come to your wedding will thank you, too!

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Hor d’oeuvres and small plates are meant to create an ambiance in which your guests become excited about what is to come in the rest of the night. Because the cocktail hour is a more laid back part of your wedding celebration, take risks and get creative with your food! See all that Relish can bring to life by visiting their website: Relishcaterers.com.

The Evolution of the Cocktail Hour

Over the past few years, the cocktail hour has moved from the opening act to center stage.  With more and more couples extending their cocktail hour to be 1.5 hours or to hosting “cocktail hour” style receptions, couples are opting to focus extra attention on creating unique culinary experiences for guests to enjoy while mingling before the reception.  

A mix of passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres, as well as action stations, have all become part of the modern cocktail hour.  The cocktail hour is a great way to offer a wide variety of tastes and flavors, ensuring everyone will find something they enjoy or may try something new for the first time without having to commit to selecting it for a dinner choice.

An added benefit to the extended cocktail hour is the ability to skip the formality of a 3 course seated dinner and get everyone up and dancing that much sooner.  After 1.5 hours of indulging, your guests are full and ready keep the night moving with toasts and festivities.  Many couples are opting for a 2 course plated meal or one course with a late night dessert offering.

 

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Truffle Mac and Cheese

 

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Lobster Dog

 

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Tuna with Olives

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