Receptions: Sample Menus for Different Types of Receptions
Written by Lynn Scupelliti
When planning a wedding,
there are many different options for types of receptions.
There is a reception out there to fit every kind of
personality, and a menu to go along with it. Here are four
sample menus for different types of receptions:
1) Cocktail Reception
For this type of reception, you could do small finger foods
and appetizers. Here are some suggestions:
Mini ham and cheese croissants
Franks in a blanket
Chicken salad sandwiches cut in fours
Fried chicken fingers with honey mustard and barbeque
Cheese and crackers
For beverages you could have several stations set up:
Iced tea (both sweetened and unsweetened)
Champagne and wine
2) Brunch Reception
You have many menu options with a brunch reception.
Typically, brunch receptions have “stations” with different
types of foods made at each station. Here are some
suggestions for different stations to have:
Egg and omelette station
Pancake, waffle and french toast station
Bagel, bialy and english muffin station
Fresh fruit station
Pastry and muffin station
Slicing meats—turkey, ham, roast beef
For beverages, you could serve a variety of fresh fruit
juices, coffee, tea, water and champagne (great with orange
juice as a mimosa). Typically, champagne is the only
alcoholic beverage served at a brunch reception.
3) Dessert Reception
For a dessert reception, one of the obvious choices for the
menu is bride’s cake and groom’s cake. Bride’s cake is
usually a white cake and the groom’s cake is typically
chocolate. In addition, you could serve the following:
Ice Cream with different toppings (you can set this up as a
Jello and pudding
For beverages, you could serve coffee, tea, water and
carbonated beverages (cola, seltzer).
4) Formal Reception
For a formal reception, the menu possibilities are endless.
It is common to have a cocktail hour before the actual
reception, where you could serve a smaller version of a
cocktail reception. For the actual reception, several
courses would be served. Here are the courses and some
suggestions for food for your sit down dinner:
Appetizer: Tomato and mozzarella with garlic and oil
Pasta: Penne with marinara sauce
Salad: You could go with a simple tossed salad or a Cesar
Main course: Generally there is a choice of at least three
dishes. The choices usually consist of chicken, beef and
fish. You could serve prime rib, roast duck, baked filet of
fish, etc. The main course is usually served with a
vegetable and potato or rice.
After the main course, wedding cake and coffee is served.
For other beverages, formal receptions usually have a wide
array of choices from colas and water to an open bar with
alcoholic beverages. This is really an option that is up to
the couple planning the wedding.