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. 1. Mini Gazpacho Soups

    Wedding reception appetizer of mini gazpacho soups
    Erica Follansbee Photography
  2. 2. Fresh Oyster Raw Bar

    Fresh raw bar for a wedding reception appetizer idea
    Chennergy Photography
  3. 3. Slider and Mini Beers

    Hamburger slider wedding reception appetizer with beer shots
    J. Stoia Photography
  4. 4. Fresh Veggie Platter

    Fresh veggie platter for a reception appetizer idea
    onelove photography
  5. 5. Tuna Tartare Cones

    Tuna tartare wedding reception appetizer
    Marcella Treybig Photography
  6. 6. Meat Skewers

    Meat skewer wedding reception appetizer idea
    David Lynn Photography
  7. 7. Mini Hot Dogs and Pickles

    Mini hot dog and pickle wedding reception appetizer idea
    Josh Gruetzmacher
  8. 8. Prosciutto-Wrapped Persimmons With Goat Cheese

    Prosciutto wrapped persimmons with goat cheese wedding reception appetizer
    Lacie Hansen Photography
  9. 9. Biscuits Topped With Chipotle Sauce

    Biscuits topped with chipotle sauce
    Al Gawlick Photography
  10. 10. Fried Chicken and Biscuit Sliders

    Fried chicken and biscuit slider wedding reception appetizer
    Readyluck
  11. 11. Tacos and Tequila

    Taco and tequila paired wedding reception appetizer
    Kristyn Hogan
  12. 12. Shrimp Cocktail Shooters

    Shrimp cocktail wedding reception appetizer idea
    Karson Photography
  13. 13. Soft Pretzels

    Soft pretzel and Coke reception appetizers
    Brett & Jessica
  14. 14. Stuffed Peppers

    Stuffed pepper wedding reception appetizers
    Larissa Cleveland Photography
  15. 15. Fried Mac and Cheese Bites

    Fried mac and cheese balls for a wedding reception appetizer
    Stephanie Brazzle Photography
  16. 16. Bacon-Wrapped Snacks

    Bacon-wrapped wedding reception appetizers
    Emily Katharine Photography
  17. 17. Family-Style Caprese Salad

    Family style caprese salad wedding reception appetizer
    Julius & James
  18. 18. Veggie and Meat Skewers

    Vegetable and meat skewer wedding reception appetizer
    Julius & James
  19. 19. Fresh Fruit Station

    Fresh fruit wedding reception appetizer station
    Ryan & Jacy Photography
  20. 20. Spinach Balls With Dipping Sauce

    Spinach balls with white dipping sauce wedding reception appetizer
    Leah Fisher Photography
  21. 21. Moroccan Chicken Skewers With Mint Yogurt Sauce

    Moroccan chicken skewers and mint yogurt sauce wedding reception appetizer
    Leah Fisher Photography
  22. 22. Grilled Cheese and Gazpacho Soup

    Grilled cheese and gazpacho soup wedding reception appetizer idea
    Kristin Chalmers Photography
  23. 23. French Fries

    French fry weddign reception appetizer or late night snack idea
    Front Room Photography & Videography
  24. 24. Mini Chicken and Waffles

    Mini chicken and waffles wedding reception appetizer
    Magnolia Photography
  25. 25. Mini Sliders

    Slider wedding reception appetizers
    Erica Follansbee Photography
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