Are you dreading the traditional sit-down dinner affair? If a wedding reception of assigned tables and seating doesn't sound like you, don't worry - there are plenty of other options that are as delicious, trendy and won't break your budget!

For the brides who are planning a formal affair, a plated meal for your wedding is perfect for you as well as being tried and tested but if a sit-down formality is your worst nightmare and a bit out of your budget, you'll be happy to know that it's not the only catering option. So, scroll down and read about all the creative ways to curb food costs and surprise your hungry guests.

Cocktail Style

A perfect, unexpected alternative to a sit-down affair is to go into full cocktail-mode. You could bring out canapes and bowl foods that are delicious and engaging, or you could serve tapas style entrees that allow for much mingling.

Food Trucks

Reception food trucks are the ultimate addition to your wedding catering, they pull up and offer an immediate relaxed, free-flowing vibe to your guests. They also double up as a great way to entertain your guests with options like bubbly, coffee and ice cream trucks all available locally too nowadays.

Food Stations

Are you still not sure what to serve your guests? Why not bring in the ever-quirky food stations, each catering to a different food speciality. This is a great way to incorporate everyones favourite food and is guaranteed to spoil your guests for choice!

Cheese & Wine

Serving cheese and wine at your wedding can be a classy and budget-friendly option, it's a light snack that no one can complain about. Be sure to have a variety of wines that complement your selected cheese, add some grapes, figs and preserves onto those cheese boards too! To make it appear to be more, go for breads, patès and cold meats as a more hearty option.

Summer Picnic

Outdoor summer weddings allow you to play around with your catering options- they create fun, relaxed and informal environments that your guests will thank you for. A perfect idea for a summer wedding that will allow your guests to mingle, is to have a garden-party style picnic. Lay out giant blankets, fill up pretty picnic baskets and uncork those to-die-for mini bubbles bottles and have a summer wedding to remember!

High Tea

Keep your wedding simple and elegant with a fabulously-British afternoon tea. Provide your guests with dainty sandwiches, a selection of cupcakes, scones with clotted cream and jam and of course, plenty of champagne. This can be a fun theme to help create a gorgeous, vintage-style wedding. This is also a great idea if you’re short on time and don’t want a meal in the late afternoon that will leave your guests too full for dancing.


Who doesn't like to braai on a sunny South African day? A braai is a brilliant option for summer weddings and is an inexpensive and creative way to feed your guests. The menu can be as grand, simple or inventive as you wish but make sure you factor in your vegetarian guests too.

If you're opting for a more relaxed vibe, feel free to pass around gourmet pizza slices, popcorn boxes or even tacos on your big day. There really is no right or wrong and everyones palette is different, after all.. In the end it doesn't matter what catering option you choose as long as you work with the chefs and staff to compile a menu that best suits you and your idea of the perfect party!