The Perfect Guide to a Great Wedding Reception Menu

The meal at the reception can be one of the most expensive aspects of the wedding. How it is catered can also vary widely, based on the type of wedding, the families involved and the budget limitations. For some weddings–particularly receptions that occur at night–appetizers are sometimes suitable. But if you have your heart set on a dinner at your reception, you have several options available to you.  Below you will find a few options from Woodrow Hall’s Catering Menu appropriate for most Wedding Receptions.


Tomato & Feta Crostini with a Pesto Spread


Caprese Skewers


Cajun Gulf Shrimp Served Over Cheddar Grits


Roasted Red Pepper Linguini


Buffet Dinners

Buffets typically feature a greater number of foods to provide more options to guests. You can have many of the same menu items in a buffet that you would choose for a sit-down dinner. Consider adding other items to ensure all guests will find something they like. Fruit platters and cheese spreads are a good idea, and you can include salad in the buffet line if you don’t serve it at the table. Finger foods like crostinis, crab cakes and stuffed mushrooms also are popular choices for a buffet line.

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Cheddar Bacon Bruschetta Crostini

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Roasted Chicken Salad Croissants & Pimento Cheese Finger Sandwiches


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Rosemary Pork Carving Station



Endive Salad with Sweet Apples, Pecans, Cranberries sprinkled with Crumbled Bleu Cheese

Cocktail Receptions

Cocktail receptions don’t feature a dinner menu, but it is still wise to provide food at the reception so that you don’t lose guests early in the night. Finger foods are the primary offering for a cocktail reception. You can serve meatballs and chicken & waffle sliders, or you can offer more elegant items like endive salad, bite-size fajitas and mini crab salad cups. The reduced amount of food, compared with sit-down dinners and buffets, will allow you to purchase more upscale food.

Please contact Woodrow Hall for information about menu options or any of your catering and venue  needs @ 205-243-4243/



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