10 Food Ideas For Your Outdoor Summer Wedding

Summer is almost here, and many of you are still planning the details of your big wedding day. There are so many things to think about. From the dress to the music and food, we know you want everything to be perfect. It’s a day you’ll remember for the rest of your life. The food isn’t usually the first thing the bride and groom think about, but it’s one of the things the guests will remember. Whether you’re getting married in the backyard, in a botanical garden, or at a unique outdoor venue, here are 10 different meal ideas your guests are sure to love.

Backyard BBQ

The men in your life will love it if you grill or smoke meat for your wedding day. Imagine plates of meat overflowing with flavorful goodness. Just be sure to include bibs for all the guests and those hand wipes if you include some messy meat like ribs.

DIY Sandwich Bar

If you want to keep things simple, include a DIY sandwich bar with summer salads and fruity drinks. You can easily include chicken salad, premium lunch meats and cheeses. Pick out a wide selection of rolls, baguettes, and croissants to give it a high-end touch.  

Fish Tacos

A coastal wedding isn’t complete without something from the sea. For those with a wedding venue in Seattle, fish tacos are the perfect trendy and delicious food to incorporate into your big day. Serve it alongside a delicious coleslaw with a twist and some chips and dip, and you’ll have everyone raving.

Vegan Quinoa Salad with a Fruit And Vegetable Bar

For those vegans out there, delight your guests with delicious and unexpected foods. A Vegan quinoa salad can be filled with nuts, seeds, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and roasted garlic. Center your meal choices around things that even meat lovers enjoy, and give it a delicious vegan twist. Incorporate fruit and vegetable trays with sweet and savory hummus dips that your family and friends will love.

Soup and Salad

Why not offer a warm selection of delightful summer soups? With choices like broccoli and cheddar or vegetable beef, you can include some local summer produce in your menu. With a variety of soups and more than one salad selection you can easily fill everyone’s belly who attends your wedding.

Mediterranean Delights

Think trays filled with fresh olives, Greek cheeses, and antipasto plates filled with a gourmet selection of meats. Serve roasted lamb with heirloom vegetables or chicken shawarma as the main dishes. Your guest will be taken to another place even if it’s in your own backyard.

Farm to Table

Connect with local farms to create a unique farm-to-table experience for your guests. Include pasture-raised chicken, beef, and lamb alongside fresh roasted vegetable medleys with homegrown herbs. You can even incorporate herb-infused water and fresh fruit juices. These types of dinners are a breath of fresh air and help local farmers.

Food Trucks

Invite several different food trucks to come and serve food at your wedding. People can go to the truck of their choice to pick up their meal. It’s a great way to serve different kinds of food without needing to cater it all yourselves.

Tiny Burgers

Tiny food is a thing right now. And bite-sized burgers can be a fun and interesting food option for your guests to enjoy. Add fresh avocado and bites of bacon to make every flavor stand out. Alongside your tiny burgers, include something like tiny cakes or cookies for dessert.


Speaking of tiny food, Spanish tapas are a beautiful and interesting food choice. Tapas are an appetizer or snack usually served alongside liquor or beer. This is the perfect food for a wedding. Thinks trays filled with unique choices like pita chips, stuffed olives, mushrooms, and so much more. While anything can be a tapa, if you want to make it more authentic, take your cues from Spanish cuisine.

Planning a wedding is stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Take the pressure off with one of these fantastic meal ideas. It’s one less thing to think about. Just imagine spending a lifetime with the one you love. In the end, the meal is a way to gather the people you love around you to witness your step into forever.