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2023 Summer Wedding Buffet Must Haves

• 5th May, 23  

Summer weddings are a joyous occasion, and one of the most exciting parts is planning the buffet menu for the wedding. Summer Weddings normally refer to weddings that occur during the summer season, usually from March end to May in India. Due to the hot and humid weather, these weddings often take place in a banquet or a hotel. 

A summer wedding buffet generally consists of various dishes served on a self-serve basis to wedding guests. The menu for a summer wedding buffet often includes light and refreshing dishes suitable for the season.

Nonetheless, choosing the right summer menu for your wedding can take time and effort, with many options available. Here are some must-haves for your 2023 summer wedding buffet that will please your wedding guests and make your special day memorable.

Refreshing Drinks:

Summer weddings can get hot and humid, and guests need refreshing drinks to quench their thirst. Your drink menu should include various options to cater to different tastes. Lemonade, iced tea, and fruit-infused water are prevalent choices. Still, you can also add a signature cocktail signifying you and your partner. Consider a fruity, refreshing drink like a sparkling wine or vodka-based cocktail. Also, non-alcoholic options such as virgin mojitos and fruit punch can be excellent for guests who prefer to stay sober.


Salads are an excellent way to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your menu. If you're planning a summer wedding, we have a variety of light and refreshing salad options for you to choose from. Some popular choices include the classic Caesar salad, a watermelon feta salad, and a colourful quinoa salad. These salads not only taste amazing, but they also add a pop of colour to your wedding buffet spread. You have nuts, seeds, and croutons as toppings that the guests can add as per their preference to give the salads a unique twist.

Live Pasta, Dosa & Chat:

Live counters with the pasta, which is freshly made and cooked to perfection, and the crispy and flavorful dosas are something that the guests will enjoy. You can also include chat, a great addition to the meal with its tangy and spicy flavour. Guests can customize their favourites as per their preference, making for a fun experience. 

Global Cuisine Counter:

A global cuisine counter serving international cuisines is getting popular for summer weddings, like Japanese dishes that are expertly crafted and packed with flavour, Mexican dishes with a spicy kick and Lebanese dishes with their unique blend of herbs and spices. Such global cuisine adds originality to the wedding buffet, and the guests also appreciate the taste nuances added to the menu.

Fresh Fruits:

Fresh fruits are an ideal addition to any summer wedding buffet. They add colour and vibrancy and provide guests with a refreshing and healthy option. You can serve sliced watermelon, strawberries, pineapple, mangoes, and any other seasonal fruits you like. You can also offer fruit skewers with chocolate dipping sauce on the side. Fruit is a surefire way to add sweetness to the menu.

Vegetable Curries:

Indian weddings are incomplete without vegetable curries. Vegetable curries of healthier and more delicious options can be a great addition to any summer wedding buffet. You can offer alternatives such as Vegetable Thai Curry, Paneer Butter Masala, and Mixed vegetable Curry. With various spices and seasonings, vegetable curries can be customized to suit any taste or dietary preference, from mild and creamy to spicy and tangy. They can be served with various sides, like rice, naan bread, roti, and salad, making them a satisfying meal option for the wedding.

Mini Desserts:

Mini desserts are popular for wedding buffets as they allow guests to try various options without feeling too full. Mini desserts are a great way to offer your guests a variety of sweet treats without overwhelming them.

You can offer mini ice creams, cupcakes, macarons, and fruit tarts. These bite-sized desserts are visually appealing and a great way to add sweetness to your wedding menu. 

In-between Snacks:

Weddings are long, and guests will appreciate some in-between snack offerings. You can offer options such as mini sliders, steamed corn, and nachos, or you can have a popcorn bar. These in-between snacks will energise guests for the remainder of the wedding.

Remember to consider any dietary restrictions or preferences when planning your wedding buffet. You have it mentioned on the nameplate of the buffet dish. You can mark a sign for vegetarian and gluten-free options to cater to different nutritional needs. With these must-haves, your 2023 summer wedding buffet will be a hit !

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