Ask any event planner and they'll tell you that the food you serve at your wedding is one of the last places you'd want to cut budget on (but we do have a few secrets to saving). The presentation of the menu helps to set the ambiance, and the smell enhances the culinary experience while the taste is, well, just plain delicious.
Appetizers don't have to be limited to a sit-down dinner, either. Consider starting the celebrations with a pre-ceremony cocktail hour with small bites, or follow the "I dos" with a cocktail hour so guests can stay active while you and your wedding party pose for photos before the reception meal. (Pro tip: A lot of these apps are also perfect for a late-night snack too.)
Here are our 24 favorite bites to keep guests happy until dinner.
1. Mini Gazpacho Soups
Your guests will be absolutely delighted with this chilled soup wedding appetizer.
2. Fresh Oyster Raw Bar
Watch out! Some believe oysters are aphrodisiacs. Whether you believe the myth or not, a fresh oyster raw bar is the perfect wedding appetizer idea.
3. Slider and Mini Beers
You can’t go wrong with this pairing. Everyone will love these wedding hors d'oeuvres before the main meal.
4. Fresh Veggie Platter
Design a pretty looking veggie platter and everyone will be eager to dive in. Pair this wedding appetizer with a side of assorted dips, like hummus, tapenade and ranch.
5. Tuna Tartare Cones
How cute (and convenient) are these tuna tartare cones? Your guests can easily grab and go as they mingle at your reception.
6. Meat Skewers
Some of the best wedding appetizer ideas include those that won’t get your guests’ hands dirty. These skewers are perfect because they won’t make a mess--and they’re tasty.
7. Mini Hot Dogs and Pickles
Hosting a backyard reception or a laid back affair? These wedding hors d'oeuvres are ideal for a casual setting.
8. Prosciutto-Wrapped Persimmons With Goat Cheese
Just looking at these lovely wedding appetizers makes our mouths water. Your guests will love snacking on these before the main entree.
9. Biscuits Topped With Chipotle Sauce
Biscuits are a staple in the south. If you’re hosting a southern wedding, consider adding these delicious baked goods to your appetizer spread.
10. Fried Chicken and Biscuit Sliders
If you’re not careful, your wedding guests may fill up on these delectable fried chicken and biscuit sliders before the main course.
11. Tacos and Tequila
Eating tacos just doesn’t feel right without a sip of tequila on the side. Chances are, this taco wedding appetizer idea will be the talk of your wedding reception for all the right reasons.
12. Shrimp Cocktail Shooters
Your guests will get a kick out of this fun wedding appetizer idea, but they’re not for the faint of heart. Be sure to warn your guests that they include spicy hot sauce and alcohol.
13. Soft Pretzels
You can’t go wrong with some salty soft pretzels as your wedding hors d'oeuvres. They’re simple but totally delicious.
14. Stuffed Peppers
If your wedding hors d'oeuvres look this good, your guests are going to be extra excited to see the main course.
15. Fried Mac and Cheese Bites
Everyone loves mac and cheese. With this amazing wedding appetizer idea, they won’t even need a fork to indulge.
16. Bacon-Wrapped Snacks
Bacon makes everything better. Consider adding this bacon-wrapped treat to your appetizer selection.
17. Family-Style Caprese Salad
Everyone will be eager to dig into this fresh Caprese salad. Serve it at the dinner tables before the main entree comes out.
18. Veggie and Meat Skewers
Invite your guests to nosh on these delectable skewers as they wait for a chance to chat with the newlyweds.
19. Fresh Fruit Station
Not only is fruit delicious, but it makes for a beautiful, colorful display. If you’re hosting a summer wedding, serve all the summer favorites like watermelon and strawberries.
20. Spinach Balls With Dipping Sauce
Spinach balls are the perfect addition to your wedding hors d'oeuvres.
21. Moroccan Chicken Skewers With Mint Yogurt Sauce
If you’re looking for your wedding guests, they’re likely swarming your display of these incredible Morrocan chicken skewers.
22. Grilled Cheese and Gazpacho Soup
Who needs a main course when you have these cute sandwich soup combos?
23. French Fries
French fries can be fancy, too. Add these potato sticks to your wedding appetizers and your guests will thank you later.
24. Mini Sliders
These mini sliders are perfect for a casual wedding reception. Pair them with french fries or tater tots and you’ll be good to go.