Inexpensive wedding reception finger food ideas

Updated July 20, 2017

To cut costs at a wedding reception, some couples will choose to make their own food for the reception or look for the most inexpensive items to serve. Finger foods will keep you on budget and can be made in large quantities to feed guests at a reception.

Mini Sandwiches

Tuna and chicken salad served in finger rolls are an inexpensive and filling finger food that can be served at a wedding reception. Cold cuts or cucumbers and cream cheese also make for great fillings. To add an element of elegance, substitute the finger roll with white or wheat bread and cut them into small triangles. Buy the fillers in bulk at your local wholesale market or club to save more money. The sandwiches can be made in advance and stored in a refrigerator prior to the event.

Chicken Skewers

One of the most inexpensive meats to buy is chicken. Given its low cost and versatility, chicken makes for great finger foods to serve at a wedding reception. Cut chicken into small cutlets, coat with spicy brown mustard and breadcrumbs and bake for about 12 minutes in a 475 degree oven. Place a small pick or skewer through each chicken strip and serve on a platter with a sweet and sour dipping sauce.

Fruit and Veggie Platter

An inexpensive finger food that will ensure a healthy choice for your menu is a fruit and vegetable platter. Most grocery stores have pre-cut vegetables, or pre-assembled fruit trays, but to save on cost purchase the produce in bulk and cut the pieces on your own. For vegetables, use baby carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes and broccoli crowns. Fruit options should include grapes, melons and strawberries. Assemble the trays by placing a dip in the centre and the fruit and veggies around the perimeter.

Stuffed Crescent Rolls

Crescent rolls are inexpensive, filling and create an appealing display. The options for filler are endless, but popular and inexpensive ideas include cheese, sauce, spinach and cocktail wieners. While its name is less than appetizing, Pigs in a Blanket is an inexpensive finger food and well liked. Simply roll cocktail wieners into crescent rolls and bake for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Appeal to all tastes at your wedding reception by assembling a tray of assorted stuffed crescent rolls.

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