Whether your wedding starts in the early morning or late afternoon, your guests remain with you throughout your big day and need to be well fed and hydrated if you want to ensure they keep smiling while you're away snapping those wedding photographs and can't be hosting. The canapé hour is an essential part of your big day to get right- so here are a few of our favourite ideas courtesy of STIR Food, perfect for this summer season.
Hot Smoked Lourensford Trout Cornet - this scrumptious canapé is served on black slate platters- perfect for a modern look and is complimented by a coconut curry sauce.
African Arancini - is the answer to all your hunger pains! A tasty mix of panko breaded maize balls stuffed with salted lamb and mozzarella finished off with a smoked tomato dipping sauce.
Mozambican Tiger Prawn - this is always a big hit at weddings with its spicy peri-peri mayonnasie.
Braised Oxtail Croquettes - served with a lovely port wine gravy, this is one for the meat-lovers and delivers on taste in a big way!
Cinnamon & Pumpkin Flan - will be something your veggie friends will love you for! Served with a light crème fraiche and gorgonzola sauce- it's simply to-die-for.
Parmesan & Rosemary Shortbread - is a delicious canapé that offers a savoury take on a traditional sweet- from slow roasted cherry tomatoes, basil pesto and herbed feta as a combination of flavours, this is one we are loving for summer!
Pork & Prawn Wontons - this superb Chinese-inspired dish is enhanced with 5 spices and served alongside a delicious thai dipping sauce.
Coronation Chicken Salad - is a lovely visual addition to your canapé menu as it's displayed on a poppadom with a yummy pineapple and coriander salsa. Perfect for a hot summers day.
Salt & Pepper Squid - is a little something different served in a bamboo cone with an oriental emulsion.
Smoked Springbok - for something a little more hearty and wrapped around an artful biltong mousse with a red wine reduction to top it all off.
You can't go wrong with a great canapé selection at your wedding, offering your guests the perfect way to keep the 'wolf from the door' until the formal sit-down and also the opportunity to mingle and get to know one another around some great food. Have a look at STIR food's gallery for some more canapé inspiration but be warned- don't do so on an empty stomach!