25 Appetizer Ideas Your Guests Will Love

From prosciutto-wrapped persimmons to grilled cheese and tomato soup shooters, these apps are sure to delight.

By Andrea Fowler

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 ambience, 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 preceremony 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 25 favorite bites to keep guests happy until dinner.

1. Mini Gazpacho Soups

Photo by Erica Follansbee Photography

2. Fresh Oyster Raw Bar

Photo by Chennergy Photography

3. Slider and Mini Beers

Photo by J. Stoia Photography

4. Fresh Veggie Platter

Photo by onelove photography

5. Tuna Tartare Cones

Photo by Marcella Treybig Photography

6. Meat Skewers

Photo by David Lynn Photography

7. Mini Hot Dogs and Pickles

Photo by Josh Gruetzmacher

8. Prosciutto-Wrapped Persimmons With Goat Cheese

Photo by Lacie Hansen Photography

9. Biscuits Topped With Chipotle Sauce

Photo by Al Gawlick Photography

10. Fried Chicken and Biscuit Sliders

Photo by Readyluck

11. Tacos and Tequila

Photo by Kristyn Hogan

12. Shrimp Cocktail Shooters

Photo by Karson Photography

13. Soft Pretzels

Photo by Brett & Jessica

14. Stuffed Peppers

Photo by Larissa Cleveland Photography

15. Fried Mac and Cheese Bites

Photo by Stephanie Brazzle Photography

16. Bacon-Wrapped Snacks

Photo by Emily Katharine Photography

17. Family-Style Caprese Salad

Photo by Julius & James

18. Veggie and Meat Skewers

Photo by Julius & James

19. Fresh Fruit Station

Photo by Ryan & Jacy Photography

20. Spinach Balls With Dipping Sauce

Photo by Leah Fisher Photography

21. Moroccan Chicken Skewers With Mint Yogurt Sauce

Photo by Leah Fisher Photography

22. Grilled Cheese and Gazpacho Soup

Photo by Kristin Chalmers Photography

23. French Fries

Photo by Front Room Photography & Videography

24. Mini Chicken and Waffles

Photo by Magnolia Photography

25. Mini Sliders

Photo by Erica Follansbee Photography

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