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Winter Wedding Catering Tips

Published November 21st, 2019 by Chef's Catering

Need some wedding catering tips unique to the winter season? Most wedding catering advice incorporates some unique seasonal aspects into the planning and presentation of the reception. It’s a time to not only celebrate your special day but also the season it happens to fall in.

What are some winter-related wedding catering tips to consider? Here are a few you might want to include for your reception.

Soup and Salad

Soups can be a big hit at any time of the year, but this is especially true for winter weddings. They’re also easy to prepare and serve and are a great choice if you need to feed a crowd.

Creamy soups are often recommended especially in those dark, cold climates of the Northland. Look for comforting soup flavor combinations. That could be anything from pumpkin and lobster to chicken and vegetables. You can also try a soup full of veggies, meat and potatoes.

The key is making it the ultimate comfort food soup. And even in the winter, one of the best ways to serve soup is accompanied by a salad. Get some root vegetables available in their fresh, raw form along with some delectable soup and it’s sure to be a winter winner.

Potato Bar

Don’t forget about potatoes either. Few foods are as cozy or enjoyable as a baked potato with a variety of toppings to choose from. With cream cheese, chives, bacon crumbles, cheese and more, it’s sure to make your guests smile.

Having said that, potatoes are beautifully versatile. Try offering french fries or tater tots and have your guests sprinkle on their favorite toppings.

Mashed potato bars are becoming increasingly popular for winter weddings too. All those favorite toppings that fit so nicely on baked potatoes work just as well for mashed ones.


Another hearty winter wedding favorite to consider is pasta. It’s a premier winter comfort food. And, like potatoes, it’s remarkably versatile.

If you want your pasta to be more upscale, try adding gourmet sauces to it. You can also combine your pasta with salad and bread.

Serving pasta during cocktail hour is becoming common as well. You can try serving pasta on a tiny fork as one idea. Try wrapping pasta around a meatball served on a fork during your cocktail hour to make it more fun.

Hot Chocolate Bar

Hot chocolate is one of the classic winter beverage delights. Sure, moms serve it to their kids after they come inside from playing in the snow. But it’s also one of the best winter wedding catering ideas.

You have a lot of options when it comes to your hot chocolate bar. You can provide whipped cream, nuts, peppermint sticks and sprinkles with your hot chocolate.

You also can make things interesting by adding alcohol. Irish cream, liquor or whiskey can make hot chocolate more exciting. Also, make sure to put a little extra creativity into the type of cup you serve it in.

Need Some Winter Wedding Catering Help Near Rochester, NY?

Does catering your winter wedding seem overwhelming to you? If so, you have other catering options in the Rochester, New York region.

Chef’s Catering can assist you with wedding catering regardless of the season and any other catering needs you may have. If you’d like to find out more about how we can make your event a success, please get in touch with us.

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