If you ask us, cocktail hour is the best hour and that stands true for weddings. Of course we love witnessing the ceremony and the love between the couple, but if we’re being honest, it’s all about cocktail hour. The hour when the bar opens, drinks are flowing, food is being passed and there’s nothing to do but relax and mingle. With cocktail hour being one of our favorite parts of a wedding, we’ve become experts on the best foods to have at a cocktail hour. Here are our top 15 picks.
Kick the night of with an option that says this is going to be an elegant night and you are in for a treat. An oyster shooter isn’t very common, but when they are available, you know the food for the rest of the night isn’t going to disappoint.
Tomato Mozzarella Skewer
This is a staple, especially as a vegetarian option. It’s easy to eat and is a crowd pleaser.
Feta Watermelon Cubes
The perfect summer option and again, major points for being easy to eat with one hand. Because your other hand is obviously holding a drink.
Mac and Cheese Lollipop
Anything with mac and cheese is sure to please. Put it in lollipop form and what can be bad about it?
There’s nothing foreign or unknown about a meatball. It can’t be cooked too rare for someone’s liking and usually, everyone knows what’s in it.
It’s basically pizza and who doesn’t like pizza?
Steak and Goat Cheese Crostini
Something about a crostini feels classy. It’s just a piece of toasted bread, usually with a cheese spread and meat, but it feels elegant and we like that.
Another great summer option that brings a lighter meat option to the table. It also isn’t super heavy for anyone not wanting to feel bloated in their wedding attire.
The versatility of a stuffed mushroom is great. It can be made vegetarian or with meat to please any type of eater.
Shrimp Cocktail Shooter
Similar to an oyster shooter, something about a shrimp cocktail shooter says it’s going to be a good night.
Really, bacon wrapped anything is a solid choice. We prefer dates as a budget conscious choice and the sweet to balance out the salty, but if you want to kick it up a notch go with a bacon-wrapped scallop.
A lighter choice to the traditional egg or spring roll, summer roll gives those guests looking for healthier alternatives a great option.
Baked Brie Bite
Baked brie is a universal cocktail hour food that is always a crowd pleaser. What’s there to hate about melted cheese?
Cucumber and Salmon Bite
Another light, refreshing choice that most people are pretty accepting of.
Tuna Tartar Spoons
When a full sushi bar and chef is out of the picture because of budget, a tuna tartar spoon is the perfect alternative to still get that sushi taste and feel.
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