17 Reception Food Ideas for Your Entree Dish

Treat yourselves (and guests!) to one of these unique culinary delights.
by Andrea Fowler

When it comes to figuring out your reception 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 dinner picks inspire your reception menu. 

  1. Lobster With Mashed Potatoes

    Lobster dinner idea for a wedding reception entree
    Lovedays Photography
  2. Vegetarian Vegetable and Couscous Salad

    Vegetarian couscous dish for a wedding reception entree
    Damion Hamilton
  3. Seasonal Food With Flavorful Seasonings and Sauces

    Thanksgiving-inspired menu idea for a wedding reception entree
    Robin Van Dyke Photography
  4. Filet Mignon With Green Beans

     Filet mignon and green beans dinner idea for a wedding reception entree
    Caroline Tran Photographer
  5. Barbecue Favorites: Fried Chicken, Mac and Cheese and Biscuits

    Barbecue menu idea for a wedding reception entree
    Tanveer Badal Photography
  6. Seasonal Salad

    Seasonal salad idea for a wedding reception entree
    onelove photography
  7. Chicken and Waffles

    Chicken and waffles dinner idea for a wedding reception entree
    Heather & Jared Photography
  8. Fajita and Taco Bar

    Mexican-inspired dinner idea for a wedding reception entree
    Taylor Rae Photography
  9. Cucumber-Rolled Fresh Greens and Peppers

    Cucumber-rolled salad idea for a wedding reception entree
    Theresa Choi Photography
  10. Wood-Fired Family-Style Pizza Dinner

    Family-style pizza dinner idea for a wedding reception entree
    Tifani Lyn Photography
  11. Family-Style Fall Vegetable and Fennel Salad

    Family-style fall vegetable salad idea for a wedding reception entree
    JBM Weddings
  12. Brunch-Style Bagel Bar

    Brunch-style bagel bar idea for a wedding reception entree
    Hannah Arista Photography
  13. Freshly Grilled Corn

    Freshly grilled corn idea for a wedding reception entree
    Detour Weddings
  14. American Family-Style Dinner

    American family-style dinner idea for a wedding reception entree
    Readyluck
  15. Grilled Chicken and Cherry Tomato Skewers

    Freshly grilled skewer dinner idea for a wedding reception entree
    Jamie Mercurio Photography
  16. Spring Green Salad

    Spring green salad idea for a wedding reception entree
    Epaga Foto
  17. Butternut Squash, Fresh Fruit and Stake

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