30 Mouth-Watering Wedding Menu Ideas for a Summer Wedding


Planning your wedding menu is one of the most important tasks to check off your to-do list, and there are so many options to consider, from plated dinners to buffet-style receptions. And while the format of your dinner (or brunch) service definitely matters, the food you select is even more important.

When it comes to your summer wedding menu, you don’t want to serve something too messy or difficult to eat. And, especially in summer, you may also want to feature the flavors of the season. To get the full scoop on the best wedding food for a summer wedding, we sat down with Stephani O’Connor, wedding catering pro and former culinary director of The Peached Tortilla, to get her top tips and menu ideas.

Meet the Expert

Stephani O'Connor is a culinary specialist with over a decade of experience in the industry.

Read on for tips and tricks on how to incorporate the flavors of the season, as well as 30 summer wedding menu ideas to help get your planning started.

Make It Interactive

Look at ways to make your big day even more special with interactive food stations. Letting your guests get up and move around can go a long way. “Especially in summer, stations are a big deal for us, and they just keep getting more popular,” says O’Connor. “We put together a lot of fun, interactive stations for weddings. The more interactive, the better.”

Graze a Little

“There’s a big trend in grazing tables,” says O’Connor. “Taking a whole table and filling it with a variety of food has become so popular.” Select your favorite meats and cheeses, and pair them with nuts, melons, fruits, and more to create the perfect grazing table. Grazing tables give your guests the opportunity to nibble as the day goes on, without making them feel like they need to sit down for a full, heavy meal.

Keep It Fresh

Incorporate fresh flavors into your passed apps or stations, and consider greeting guests with something light as they come into the ceremony. “Summer always brings menus with fresh, seasonal food, incorporating more berries, melons, a lot of fresh herbs,” explains O’Connor. “Whatever is fresh in season at the time, we definitely use a lot of.”

Keep It Light

“We tend to sell more fish during the summer for a light option. Or for pasta, we’ll use a browned butter sauce instead of a heavy sauce,” says O’Connor. “People tend to want things very fresh and very light.” Keep bright, colorful foods at the forefront of your menu planning. Apps and entrées should be on the lighter side, so your guests don’t feel too full in the hot sun.

With those key tips in mind, we put together a list of wedding menu ideas for inspiration while selecting options for your summer wedding feast.

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