Wedding Food That Won’t Bore Your Guests

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Forget "chicken or fish?" —wedding food no longer has to be boring. Flavor and presentation are equal players on these plates, even if the budget doesn’t allow for a celebrity chef. We eat with our eyes first, and serving a piece of crispy, buttery halibut on a paper plate just won’t cut it. Go a step further with your passed hors d'oeuvres and offer small bites in a soup spoon or an antipasto platter on wooden plank carving boards. Here are 10 of our favorite inspiration images of delicious food and stunning presentations.

1. Start off the evening with passed hors d'oeuvres that pack as much style as flavor. Ever thought of serving soup in a single-bite (or, slurp) spoon?

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2. Get creative! We love these simple paper cones much better than small plates.

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3. Take your antipasto course up a notch with wood planks and carving boards as your serving dishes.

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4. Move over, iceberg lettuce — a simple dinner salad packs a ton of personality with dark greens and colorful salad
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5. Nothing says togetherness like a family-style table. Here, the couple chose exotic dishes filled with colorful root vegetables and leafy greens. Our mouths are watering!wedding buffet
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6. Serving pasta? Add a few heirloom tomatoes or even colorful grape tomatoes to the dish for an instant eye-catching kick. And we love these small-bite bowls!pasta salad
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7. Choose a culinary theme close to your heart and let the food put on the show, like this gorgeous silver dish of buttery shrimp and grits. Yes, please.

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8. Colorful food, like this fancy fare from a gourmet taco bar, stands out on simple white china.taco bar
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9. Buffets don’t have to be bland! Try doing mini-buffets at each table for a homestyle, cozy feel.

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10. Mason jars are trendy for summertime cocktails, but how about using them for food? Loaded mashed potato bar, anyone?

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—Annie Lau