If spring will be in the air for your wedding, you’ve chosen a beautiful time of year. The flowers will be in bloom, the birds will be singing, and your guests will be relaxed and happy to see winter behind them. Spring is also a great time for your wedding menu, with lots of fresh produce and bright flavors in season. That’s where these spring wedding food ideas come in.
We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite options, each of which includes a link to a recipe you can use for inspiration. We’ve also included some creative vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free options for guests with dietary restrictions, ensuring that everyone has a tasty time.
Discover 30 of our favorite spring wedding food ideas:
Whether you’re working with an outside caterer, collaborating with your venue, or providing the food yourself, use these ideas as inspiration for your big day and ensure that your guests go home raving about all that was served.
Appetizer ideas for your spring wedding
1. Spring pea salad (vegetarian). This salad has spring flavor loaded into every bite. Peas, radishes, avocado, fresh greens, and salty cheese combine for a balanced and bright salad that is sure to delight your guests. You can even add grilled chicken or salmon on top to make this a main course.
2. Goat cheese crackers with caramelized leeks and peppers. Goat cheese is a crowd-pleasing ingredient that goes well with the spring bounty of leeks and peppers. You can also serve these on mini toasts or lettuce leaves for a different feel.
3. Classic deviled eggs. Deviled eggs are a nice addition to an appetizer table, and they provide a little more sustenance than some other passed appetizers. Just make sure they stay nicely chilled throughout your cocktail hour for food safety.
4. Chicken salad in baskets. These adorable baskets of chicken salad look just as good as they taste, and may remind your guests of Easter baskets.
5. Veggie puff pastry cups. You can serve pretty much anything in puff pastry cups to create a tasty hors d’oeuvre. This version includes lots of spring veggies for your guests to enjoy.
6. Lemon parmesan stuffed artichokes. Lemon parmesan stuffed artichokes are a fun and creative appetizer that doesn’t rely on a skewer or crostini. These taste like an elegant version of artichoke dip.
7. Salmon and caviar blinis. This sophisticated hors d’oeuvre will wow your guests and taste great. As an added benefit, these pair perfectly with wedding champagne!
8. Vegetable spring rolls. We have a feeling these veggie spring rolls will be the first thing to go on every passed tray. They’re easy to snack on, light, and have lots of great spring flavor.
9. Beet and goat cheese stacks. Goat cheese returns in this tasty napoleon. These are best served plated, as they would be difficult to eat standing at a cocktail hour.
10. Bourbon-glazed salmon skewers. The sweet and smoky notes in bourbon pair really nicely with salmon in these glazed skewers. You can substitute a brown sugar miso glaze or balsamic vinegar glaze if you prefer to leave out the alcohol in these appetizers.
Spring wedding food ideas for main courses and sides
11. Roasted vegetable couscous. Couscous is a versatile side dish that goes well with many wedding staples, like beef tenderloin, roasted chicken, and fish. This version is filled with simple grilled vegetables to give you the flexibility to pair it with whatever you wish.
12. Seared scallops with tarragon and truffle oil. This dish looks so beautiful when presented with spring peas and seasonal blooms. You could even include flowers in your wedding colors for an added touch of elegance and charm.
13. Roasted spring chicken with root vegetables. You can elevate a simple roasted chicken with the right presentation and sides, and this version does just that. Consider including it in a carving station at a buffet, or presented with colorful sides for a seated meal.
14. Salmon en croute. Salmon gets the spring treatment in this recipe, pairing up with asparagus and puff pastry for a sophisticated meal.
15. Tagliatelle with prosciutto and peas. A pasta dish is a great option for a satisfying but light main dish at your spring wedding. This tagliatelle dish pairs smoky prosciutto with fresh spring peas for a nice balanced dish.
16. Ricotta dumplings with asparagus and green garlic. Offer your guests a light comfort food with these ricotta dumplings. Then make sure to get some put aside for you to take home – they’re too delicious to eat just once!
17. Buffalo chicken salad. A hearty salad can be a fabulous main course at your spring wedding. This is light enough that guests won’t feel lethargic as they dance the night away.
18. Grilled steak with blistered beans and peppers. Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean you can only have light flavors on your menu. This grilled steak would go nicely with many of the spring sides we’ve covered, and is a sure crowd favorite.
Spring wedding dessert ideas
19. Rhubarb brown butter bars. Pretty much every dessert on the planet gets better with the addition of brown butter, and these rhubarb bars are no exception. They’re tart, sweet, and savory all at once, and your guests will love them.
20. Strawberry basil shortcakes. Nothing says spring like strawberry shortcake. These cute individual versions include basil for a herbaceous note, and of course go well with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for an added dash of sweetness.
21. Lemon mascarpone parfaits. Parfaits are making a comeback as a wedding dessert since they can be served in so many different ways and with lots of different flavor combinations. Lemon mascarpone is a classic option, but you can always add seasonal berries, chocolate, or graham cracker crumbs for additional layers.
22. Coconut lime tart. The tropical flavors of this tart will make your guests feel like winter is truly behind them. Coconut and lime offer a zingy sweetness, but you could always substitute other citrus flavors like lemon without losing any of that character.
23. Fresh nectarine and almond tart. If you decide to skip the wedding cake altogether, try a table of pies and tarts. This nectarine and almond tart is just different enough to feel like a creative addition to the table.
24. Carrot cake. We can’t have a list of spring wedding food ideas that doesn’t at least mention carrot cake as an option. This classic spring dessert can be made into your wedding cake, served as cupcakes or cake pops, or presented in shot glasses for an elegant mini dessert.
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Signature drink ideas for your spring wedding
25. Grapefruit mojito. This spring spin on a classic mojito is fresh and citrusy without being too sweet. Grapefruit adds a springy zing, which will surely give your guests the energy to dance the night away.
26. Cherry blossomtini. Sweet and delicate, this cherry blossomtini is a sake-induced cosmopolitan. With a light cranberry flavor and casual elegance, It’s ideal for your spring wedding,
27. Sweet Georgia peach smash. Bourbon (or whiskey) smash cocktails often contain simple syrup, lemon, mint, a little splash of seltzer, and of course, bourbon. This version includes spring peaches for a simple and beautiful wedding cocktail.
28. Greyhound. A greyhound is a classic cocktail that many still consider special enough to be a signature drink at your wedding. This version is just vodka and grapefruit juice, but the drink can be jazzed up with the addition of fresh grapefruit, herbs, berries, or sparkling water.
29. Strawberry thyme switchel. This cocktail has a great balance of flavors. Apple cider vinegar and ginger keep the strawberry flavor from becoming overpowering and makes this a dryer cocktail.
30. Spring fever. This festive cocktail is a combination of sparkling rose wine, elderflower syrup, rhubarb bitters, and strawberries. Creator Jamie Steinberg, the beverage director of Motel Morris in New York City, suggests using Sassetti vino spumante rosé, his favorite sparkling rosé from Italy. Of course, he says, any quality pink bubbles will do to make this flower-forward, sweet, tart, and festive cocktail.
Provide a burst of fresh flavors on your menu with these delicious spring wedding food ideas!
Once you have your dream menu created, it’s time to taste! Read on for everything you need to know before your wedding tasting.