If you’re planning a summer wedding, it’s a good idea to make some special considerations when choosing the food you want to serve your guests. Each season brings different challenges and opportunities, but when it comes to the summer, there’s a good chance you’ll be dealing with a hot day. Here are some great ideas when creating your menu that keep the summer heat and summer themes in mind!

summer wedding menu

Appetizers

Odds are, if you are serving appetizers to your guests at an earlier part of the wedding or reception, it will come during a warmer part of the day. The last thing you want in the heat of a midsummer day is to do anything that makes you feel even hotter than it already is. We advise that you fill your appetizers with light and cold snacks, such as:

  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Cucumber slices topped with cheese, dip, sauce, etc
  • Miniature salads
  • Sushi bar of various types

These are all food that can be served cold or at least not heated, but also very light so you don’t have guests sitting out in the summer heat with a full stomach. If you want to think of other ideas, we recommend you centre them around vegetables as they can easily be served cold.

Main Dinner

When the time comes after the ceremony for dinner to be served, it’s more likely to come later in the day when it isn’t as hot, so you have more room to be creative. It might not be the most unique idea, but nothing says summer quite like barbeques. Here are some dinner ideas based around those themes:

  • BBQ grilled chicken or fish
  • Grilled stuffed mushrooms or peppers (vegetarian option)
  • Corn on the cob
  • Pasta or potato salad

We advise picking dishes such as the above which are less messy than things like ribs or hamburgers. If you’re going for a more casual wedding theme you can have lots of fun with a full-on BBQ cookout with baked beans, cornbread, and so on.

Wedding Cake

For summer wedding cakes, there are still tons of flavours and styles to choose from, but the one thing we caution our clients to take into account is —again — the summer heat. Naked cakes, cupcakes, or using rolled fondant icing helps the cake hold up during hot days and avoid melting. Here are some great and trendy ideas for such summer wedding cakes:

  • Strawberry shortcake
  • Naked blonde cake topped with berries
  • Cakes topped with mini donuts

Cakes that are lighter really do work best in the summer, but if you have your heart set on something more traditional, make sure you pick a venue that can properly store and distribute the cake before and after to protect it. Having someone to coordinate all of this can take all of that planning off of your plate and really relieve that stress!

Dessert Bar

Dessert bars are a great way to really put a personal stamp on your wedding food. Not everyone will be around that long, or will be hungry after your appetizers and dinner. Why not have fun with it? Here are some summer-themed ideas:

Smores for the campers

Penny candy bar for the cottagers
Ice cream bar served by a truck

If you’re having an outdoor wedding, you can even try setting up small fire pits if the venue will allow it, and invite your guests to make their own smores! It’s not something that is easily pulled off, but you can really get inventive in that manner.

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