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17 Entree Ideas for Your Wedding Menu

Treat yourselves (and guests!) to one of these unique culinary delights.
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by Andrea Fowler
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Andrea Fowler
Wedding Planning Expert
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Updated Jul 15, 2020

When it comes to figuring out your wedding menu it's easy to feel underwhelmed by dishes you've seen a hundred times. You want to serve something special, right? But also within budget. First thing's first: ask your venue what their catering policy is. They may have in-house catering services that you're required to use or charge a fee if you want to bring someone else in. From there, you can work out things like seasonal selections, presentation specifics and serving logistics. 

The biggest dinner trend we're seeing right now? Interactive stations. Couples are moving away from a sit-down three- or four-course dinner where the food is brought to guests by waitstaff, and instead, having passed hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hours or self-serve food stations. Guests still have the opportunity to sit down and enjoy their meal, but there's less table-time and more mingling time. Let our favorite 17 wedding menu ideas inspire your reception menu.

Lobster With Mashed Potatoes

Lobster dinner idea for a wedding reception entree
Lovedays Photography

From: An Elegant Wedding at The Phoenix Room in Newburyport, Massachusetts

Nothing says fine dining quite like fresh lobster – especially if you're hosting a coastal reception and hope to tie local cuisine into your wedding menu.

Vegetarian Vegetable and Couscous Salad

Vegetarian couscous dish for a wedding reception entree
Damion Hamilton

From: A Contemporary Jewish Wedding in Sonoma, CA

Tying the knot in the spring or summer months? Try incorporating fresh, seasonal veggies into plans for your wedding food.

Seasonal Food With Flavorful Seasonings and Sauces

Thanksgiving-inspired menu idea for a wedding reception entree
Robin Van Dyke Photography

From: An Outdoor Fall Wedding at Leslie-Alford-Mims House in Holly Springs, North Carolina

Fall flavors can be equally as bold, especially in the South. Our favorite wedding food ideas seamlessly blend bold ingredients with a regional twist.

Filet Mignon With Green Beans

 Filet mignon and green beans dinner idea for a wedding reception entree
Caroline Tran Photographer

From: An Oheka Castle Wedding in Huntington, New York

American fine dining trends might come and go, but filet mignon remains a timeless favorite.

Barbecue Favorites: Fried Chicken, Mac and Cheese and Biscuits

Barbecue menu idea for a wedding reception entree
Tanveer Badal Photography

From: A Green Building Wedding in Brooklyn, New York

Spice up your wedding menu with some barbecue classics. Self-serve buffets make it easy to pick your favorite piece of chicken.

Seasonal Salad

Seasonal salad idea for a wedding reception entree
onelove photography

From: A Whimsical, Rustic Chic Wedding at Tiato in Santa Monica, California

Who says salads have to be boring? When it comes to wedding food, there's nothing more chic or flavorful than a seasonal salad made with fresh, local vegetables.

Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and waffles dinner idea for a wedding reception entree
Heather & Jared Photography

From: A Shabby-Chic Southern Wedding at Historic Masonic Amphitheater in Clifton Forge, Virginia

Your wedding menu should be a reflection of your favorite flavors and cooking styles. Brunch lovers will rejoice over a plate of chicken and waffles – just don't forget the napkins.

Fajita and Taco Bar

Mexican-inspired dinner idea for a wedding reception entree
Taylor Rae Photography

From: A Bright, Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Yardley, Pennsylvania

Sizzling fajitas are sure to excite your guests, especially when served alongside black beans and rice.

Cucumber-Rolled Fresh Greens and Peppers

Cucumber-rolled salad idea for a wedding reception entree
Theresa Choi Photography

From: A Walters Art Museum Wedding in Baltimore, Maryland

If there is a more elegant way to serve vegetables, we haven't seen it yet!

Wood-Fired Family-Style Pizza Dinner

Family-style pizza dinner idea for a wedding reception entree
Tifani Lyn Photography

From: A Vintage Garden Wedding at a Private Residence in Saugatuck, Michigan

When it comes to wedding food ideas, there's no need to reinvent the wheel – especially when you're dealing with a dish as universally beloved as pizza.

Family-Style Fall Vegetable and Fennel Salad

Family-style fall vegetable salad idea for a wedding reception entree
JBM Weddings

From: A Industrial Elegant Wedding at 501 Union in Brooklyn, New York

Who says vegetables can't be hearty? Purple cauliflower, kale, and carrots will make you rethink everything you know about vegan food.

Brunch-Style Bagel Bar

Brunch-style bagel bar idea for a wedding reception entree
Hannah Arista Photography

From: An Organic, Rustic-Themed Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Los Angeles, California

This wedding menu allows for ultimate customization. Pick and choose your favorite flavors, combine with toppings like lox and cream cheese, then pair with a delicious selection from a mimosa bar.

Freshly Grilled Corn

Freshly grilled corn idea for a wedding reception entree
Detour Weddings

From: A Colorful Mexican Fusion Wedding at Four Seasons Hotel in Mexico City, Mexico

Summer sweetness is embodied in freshly-picked corn. Put it on the grill and you're on your way to creating a modern wedding menu your guests won't soon forget.

American Family-Style Dinner

American family-style dinner idea for a wedding reception entree

From: Hip, Vintage Americana Wedding at TBD Brooklyn in Brooklyn, New York

Sweet tea and champagne might not be the most classic of combinations, but when paired with buttery biscuits, gooey macaroni and cheese, and sliders, this wedding food is undeniably appealing.

Grilled Chicken and Cherry Tomato Skewers

Freshly grilled skewer dinner idea for a wedding reception entree
Jamie Mercurio Photography

From: A Whimsical and Nautical Wedding at Bold Colorful Life Estate in Boothbay, Maine

Mushrooms, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and grilled chicken are grilled to perfection for this back-to-basics-inspired wedding menu. Add a s'mores station for late night snacking guests can DIY.

Spring Green Salad

Spring green salad idea for a wedding reception entree
Epaga Foto

From: A Modern Orange Wedding With Rustic Twist at The Guild in Kansas City, Missouri

A hearty salad with spinach, tomatoes and goat cheese makes for an ideal appetizer or entree.

Butternut Squash, Fresh Fruit and Stake

Butternut squash, fresh fruit and stake dinner idea for a wedding reception entree
Levi and Val

From: A Snowy Mountain Lodge Wedding in Centennial, Wyoming

Zucchini ribbons will make you rethink everything you ever knew about vegetables. Pair it with steak, butternut squash, toast and fresh fruit from a truly memorable wedding menu item.

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