Finger Buffet Ideas for a Wedding

Updated April 17, 2017

Finger buffet ideas for a wedding are extremely popular, regardless of the couple's taste in food. Finger buffets offer light foods that can be eaten without utensils. There is no need for place settings, waiters or other costly extras involved with a sit-down meal. Though usually used for morning or afternoon weddings, finger buffets can also be used as the dessert selection after the meal at an evening wedding.

Brunch Finger Buffet

A brunch finger buffet idea for a wedding is very popular for morning ceremonies. Guests tend to need and expect a little refreshment after getting up early to attend the wedding. Use mini-muffins, waffle spears and mini-doughnuts in a low-budget brunch. Add a selection of chopped fresh fruit, such as pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, peach, pear and/or apple.

If you want to throw an impressive brunch finger buffet for a wedding, start with decorative fruit pieces. Use watermelon baskets filled with pineapple, mango, green grapes, strawberries, cherry, pineapple, cantaloupe and/or honeydew. Add some mini muffins, croissants and sliced bagels with bowls of jam, butter and cream cheese for spreading. You should also provide a quality selection of small cheese slices to eat with the fruit or bread.

Dessert Finger Buffet

A dessert finger buffet for a wedding is one of the easiest types of buffet ideas. If you're working with a tight budget, you can provide small baked goods. Use bite-size brownies, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, mini-cupcakes, doughnut holes and/or crispy rice and marshmallow bars. You can also use some candy to help round out the buffet, such as chocolate-covered mints, peppermint bark, hard candies and/or jelly beans.

If you're looking for a fancy dessert finger buffet idea for a wedding, try serving some mini eclairs, cream puffs, chocolate cannolis, cinnamon buns, cheesecake cups, fruit tartlets, almond palmiers, baklava and/or ladyfingers. You can also provide a variety of chocolate-covered fresh fruit, such as strawberries, cherries, bananas, apricots and/or oranges.

Filling Finger Buffet

If you're looking for a finger buffet idea for a wedding, focus on finger sandwiches. The mess-free little sandwiches can be created a million different ways and help fill up your guests. Use turkey, Swiss and wheat bread or ham, cheddar and white bread with toppings for a basic buffet. To increase the variety while still keeping the cost low, add some cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, B.L.T. sandwiches, club sandwiches and/or Reuben sandwiches. Serve the selection of sandwiches with a side of chopped fruit or veggies and dip.

For a filling finger buffet that spares no expense, serve some herb- and cream cheese-stuffed celery, cheese-stuffed mushrooms, mini crab cakes, small egg rolls, lobster-stuffed wontons, fancy devilled eggs and/or mini croissant-wrapped asparagus spears. For toothpick-speared finger buffet foods, serve chilled spicy shrimp, stuffed grape leaves, stuffed crab puffs, baked artichoke heart raviolis and/or cantaloupe, provolone and prosciutto spears.

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A writer since 2000, Aya Pauli has covered a variety of topics including food, fashion, beauty, health, parenting, education, decor and crafts. Her award-winning recipes have been published in food magazines such as "Taste of Home," and she is also the author of a salad cookbook. Pauli's craft projects appear in major manufacturer websites, including Dow Styrofoam. She also holds a CDA in early childhood education and works as a preschool teacher in Wyoming.