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Choosing unique catering options can save you money
An interesting way to save a bit of money on your wedding is to choose unique catering options. Rather than serving a fancy sit-down dinner with seven delectable courses, opt instead for something a little more fun and less fussy. Choosing foods that are inexpensive is a great place to start if you're looking to reduce your catering costs. Another way to cut back significantly is to serve several miniature versions of your favorite foods to surprise and delight your guests! Let's face it, miniature foods are cuter. If you decide to do passed hors d'oeuvres rather than a seated dinner, you may also find you need less food to feed your family and friends! Check out this collection of darling and delicious miniature foods to consider for your wedding menu!Continue to 2 of 21 below.
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A widely-loved cuisine for casual weddings is Mexican food, and it's no surprise. It tends to be quite affordable, plus it's delicious! Serving miniature tacos is a wonderful idea for your wedding reception, as they can easily be eaten in a couple of bites and are packed with flavor. For an extra dose of fun, serve alongside miniature margaritas in a shot glass or even with straight shots of tequila to get the party going!Continue to 3 of 21 below.
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If you want your wedding menu to reflect your personal tastes, choosing miniature passed versions of your favorite foods is a good option. If you love cheeseburgers, what better food to serve at your reception! When you choose a food that may be considered more casual, the key to making it feel more luxe is all in the presentation. Instead of big, sloppy hamburgers, these miniature versions are clean and even sort of chic!Continue to 4 of 21 below.
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Mini Barbecue Sliders
Another casual food choice that you can make feel more fancy is barbecue! Rather than serving a backyard buffet of barbecue pork and sides, you can class up your catering by serving miniature barbecue sliders on trays. It's all about the presentation and the details! These mini pork BBQ sliders feature cabbage slaw, a pickle topper and are held together by decorative toothpicks for a little extra character. They look equally delicious as they do chic!Continue to 5 of 21 below.
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What food is more widely loved than pizza? Serving a regular sized pizza slice might seem far too casual for your wedding day, but how fun are these miniature pizzas as a passed option? If you choose ingredients and toppings that are more elevated, it really helps to fancy up the idea of pizza. Plus, how cute are these miniature Margherita pizzas?Continue to 6 of 21 below.
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Miniature Lobster Rolls
Looking for something a little more high-brow? You really can't argue with Lobster! If you're having a coastal wedding, consider serving mini lobster rolls to your guests. These two-bite versions of the New England favorite would be perfect to serve at a Summer wedding. Serve them with nautical striped napkins for an extra dose of preppy flair! The chilled lobster salad will help keep your guests cool during the hot summer months.Continue to 7 of 21 below.
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Miniature Chicken and Waffles
If you're looking for a soul food dish to serve for your wedding, what better choice than chicken and waffles! This Southern delicacy would be a great choice to serve at even the fanciest of weddings, thanks to the wide popularity of the dish. Instead of serving a heaping pile of this heavy dish, consider offering a mini version on sticks to make the food more portable. This also helps to make the chicken-to-waffle ratio perfectly balanced for the optimal sweet and savory combination.Continue to 8 of 21 below.
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Miniature Shrimp and Grits
If you're on the hunt for something with a Southern flair and creole spice, look no further than shrimp and grits! This is another relatively inexpensive dish that you can fancy up with the perfect presentation and ingredients. Serve miniature shrimp and grits in shot glasses for the perfect portion amount for your guests to enjoy. This savory and sometimes spicy dish would be perfect for a wedding in New Orleans or another Southern city!Continue to 9 of 21 below.
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Miniature Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Another favorite comfort food option is grilled cheese and tomato soup. This dish would definitely be best enjoyed during the cooler months of Fall and Winter, so keep it in mind if you're getting married during those seasons. This serving style is just darling, where the tomato soup comes in a shot glass and the grilled cheeses are slim and perfectly dunkable! What a perfect way to warm your guests hearts and bodies for a Winter or Fall wedding!Continue to 10 of 21 below.
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Miniature Pumpkin Bisque
If you're looking for a dish that would make a great appetizer course, this pumpkin bisque in a miniature pumpkin bowl is such a darling idea! What a perfect opening course for a fall wedding, and the presentation is totally on point.Continue to 11 of 21 below.
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Miniature baked potatoes
Of course, this isn't all about main-course options. There are wonderful side items that can be made in miniature form as well, like these darling mini loaded baked potatoes! This shrunken version of a side dish staple is perfectly sized to be popped into your guests mouths, so it's a wonderful choice for passed service. You don't want your guests to have to juggle too many things in their hands, so these one-bite potatoes are a wonderful choice if you're having a cocktail-style reception.Continue to 12 of 21 below.
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You'll want to make sure you have some lighter fare to serve alongside the heavier and more filling items, so a salad is always a good choice. If you're keeping with the miniature theme, you can serve salads in small appetizer cups or bowls to portion out a tasty fresh bite for your guests.Continue to 13 of 21 below.
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Miniature quiches are a staple for many caterers, whether as an appetizer or part of the main meal. The wonderful thing about quiche is that it is a versatile dish, in that it can easily blend into your menu whether you're having a brunch or a dinner. You could serve your mini quiche on a tiered tower on your buffet or have them passed around by catering staff.Continue to 14 of 21 below.
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Miniature Fruit Tarts
Miniature fruit tarts are an excellent choice if you're looking to serve something sweet but still on the healthy side. These berry tarts can be displayed on a dessert bar or passed by catering staff – either way your guests will love them!Continue to 15 of 21 below.
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Miniature Ice Cream Cones
Whether you're planning a cocktail party reception or a seated dinner, you can always offer passed sweets for dessert. How fun are these miniature ice cream cones? Ask your catering staff to pass this sweet treat out to your guests on the dance floor to help them cool off at your Summer wedding.Continue to 16 of 21 below.
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Miniature pies are a great addition to your wedding reception dessert options. Choose your favorite flavors or match them to the season in which your wedding is taking place. Consider pecan or pumpkin for a fall wedding, blueberry or peach for a spring wedding, apple or strawberry for a summer wedding, or cherry or chocolate for a winter wedding!Continue to 17 of 21 below.
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Another tasty dessert option is miniature parfaits. Choose from your favorite flavors, whether fruit or chocolate, whipped cream or yogurt. These are great as desserts or could be more breakfast-like, too!Continue to 18 of 21 below.
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Miniature Cinnamon Rolls
These miniature cinnamon rolls are a super sweet choice for a brunch wedding! You could serve them on a tray or on sticks to make more of a lollipop style. Either way, these one-bite treats are super portable and easy for your guests to eat, even while standing.Continue to 19 of 21 below.
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Another great brunch wedding food are these mini pancakes! Serve them on platters on a buffet or passed on trays. The added color of the blueberries really elevates the look and the dish. Consider raspberries, bananas, or strawberries as well!Continue to 20 of 21 below.
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Miniature Breakfast Skillets
Looking for more brunch or breakfast options for your wedding menu? How about these miniature breakfast skillets, with a little bit of everything inside? The mini cast-iron skillets really make this presentation top-notch!Continue to 21 of 21 below.
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Miniature Banana Pudding
A Southern favorite sweet treat is creamy banana pudding, and these miniature versions are perfect for your wedding! Serve in small cups or bowls and garnish with mini Nilla wafers and banana slices for a deliciously sweet presentation.