When the warm summer weather hits, you know one thing is for certain: wedding season has arrived. Summer has been known as the wedding season for years with over 30 percent of couples in the United States choosing to marry during this beautiful season. Often with summer weddings, hot temperatures can make you and your wedding guests uncomfortably warm. The best cure for this are light, refreshing appetizers to keep you and your guests cool, full, and satisfied. Here are some easy, delicious appetizer ideas for your summer wedding…
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
Nothing beats the summer heat quite like fresh fruits and vegetables. There are a large variety of in-season options which not only means your fruits and vegetables will be full of flavor, but the price will also be less than if your wedding was during a different season. With fruit and vegetables you have the option to keep things simple by just chopping them up and serving them alone or creating simple fruit and vegetable appetizers incorporating other ingredients. Whichever option you decide to go with, fresh fruit and vegetables are a refreshing option for any summer wedding.
Meat, Cheese, and Crackers
More appropriate for a casual wedding, meat, cheese, and crackers are an appetizer staple. With the large variety of meat and cheese options, you can mix and match whatever suits your taste buds. This option is an easy, on-the-go appetizer that you and your guests can grab and continue to mingle at the reception.
Cheese Ball with Crackers
An updated version of the meat, cheese, and crackers that has become very popular over the last few years is a cheese ball with crackers. Again, with this appetizer, the flavors are endless. Whether you want sweet, savory, or salty, there are cheese ball options out there to satisfy you and your wedding guests.
Pâté with Toast Points
If your wedding is on the elegant side, pâté with toast points is an appetizer option to consider. Pâté is a mixture of cooked ground meat, seafood, or vegetables (vegetarian option) and include herbs, spices, and wine or brandy to add flavor. There are a number of pâté recipes to consider, and although the preparation of pâté takes some time, the presentation and flavor is well worth the effort.
Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
As with the meat, cheese, and crackers, jumbo shrimp cocktails are an appetizer staple. This is a simple and delicious option that many of your wedding guests will enjoy. Jumbo shrimp cocktails are the perfect light snack and there are a number of variations to create the flavor you want. Adding certain seasonings or switching up the cocktail sauce can set this appetizer a part and ignite the taste buds of your wedding guests.
Summer may be known as the “wedding season”, but it’s important to remember that with summer comes hot temperatures. Make sure you and your guests stay cool and comfortable throughout the day with delicious appetizers. Speak with your caterer if you need ideas or have suggestions of what you want for you big day.