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Food at the Feast: The Delectable Dozen of Cocktail Hour Hors D’oeuvres

First impressions are always the most important. When it comes to your wedding, there are so many remarkable first moments that it’s easy to get overwhelmed as you try to make sure that each one is special. When it comes to the wedding reception, the food that greets your guests before you make your grand entrance as a couple is a pretty important first. The cocktail hour gives your guests the opportunity to grab an elegant tiny nibble before the main feast. Here is the delectable dozen of cocktail hour appetizers that your guests will rave over long after your wedding day has passed.

All the hors d’oeuvres on this list were selected on the basis of beauty, portability, and deliciousness.

Spinach Dip Bites

Spinach Dip Bites

Skip the plate! These tasty little morsels leave a hand free for enjoying your favorite drink.

Butternut Squash Shooters

Butternut Squash Shooters

This warm fall favorite pairs beautifully with crème fraiche and warms your soul with one delicious sip.

Mini Lobster Rolls

Nothing says decadence like lobster. The petite bouche twist on the timeless favorite will be a hit with your guests.

Spaghetti and Meatballs 2 - Ways

These unique presentations of an Italian classic will be the talk of the town.


With one hand and one bite comfort food is served without the fear of mess.

Spaghetti and Meatballs A la Forchetta

A la Forchetta

Elegantly wrapped around a fork, your guests will say “prego” as they savor a single mouthful complete with freshly shaved parmesan.

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Both delicious and convenient, this classy hors d’oeuvre may be daintily nibbled without complication.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Shooters

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Shooters

It doesn’t get better than this folks! Savory and satisfying in one handy package.

Brie and Cranberry Puffs

Light as air, these tasty mini brie en croute will leave your guests smiling all the way to the main banquet room.

Smoked Salmon Spoons

Just add an everything bagel crostini and your twist on a NY brunch is ready for service.

Baked Red Bliss Potato Bites

Baked Red Bliss Potato Bites

A mouthful of whipped potatoes perfectly presented in their original packaging is always pleasing.

Chicken and Waffle Bites

Chicken and Waffle Bites

Just imagine your guests enjoying these miniature southern favorites as they sip on snifters of bourbon. Pretty sweet, huh?

Shrimp Cocktail

The queen of the cocktail hour is reimagined for the sophisticated wedding guest. Tantalizing and rich, shrimp cocktail is always a crowd pleaser.

The cocktail hour is the beginning of the feast. With a wide variety of delicious and creative morsels for your guests to enjoy, your wedding reception will truly be a memorable event.

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