27 Creative Ways to Serve Bread at Your Wedding

bread loaves as table centerpiece
Katie Grant Photography

No matter what season, culture, or big-day theme inspires your wedding menu, bread will most likely make an appearance during dinner. We can't say we're surprised, considering the fact that bread is a staple part of just about any meal. From rolls and ciabatta to crostini and baguettes, this beloved food comes in a variety of forms and can be served in many ways. Plus, you can upgrade bread with a multitude of spreads, too. Top it with herb butter, dip it in olive oil, or offer it with a tapenade—no matter how you present this snack, it's going to satisfy guests.

Since bread is such a common wedding food, we suggest you go above and beyond to make your offerings stand out. Luckily, bread can be as pretty as it is tasty, so don't be afraid to work a loaf or two into your décor. Janna Brown Design Co., for example, layered different breads on top of one another to create this one-of-a-kind centerpiece. The pros adorned the arrangement with butter, so attendees could dig in throughout the evening. If you're looking for subtler food-inspired decorations, try using rolls as place card holders or loaves that double as menus. You can even sift flour over a large sourdough round to display your monogram, creating a personalized, edible table accent.

Ahead, we've rounded up examples of a few of our favorite ways to serve bread at weddings—they'll guarantee that your own is equally delicious and aesthetically pleasing. Once you see how these couples staged their bars, baskets, and favors, you'll understand just how festive bread can be.

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Place Card Holder

bread holding menu on wooden table
Austin Gros

Make like Big Events and use a loaf of bread as an edible place card holder. The pros dressed this oversized roll up with a sprig of rosemary and ribbon.

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Feminine Touch

bread loaves in calligraphed sleeves
Gabe Aceves

Beautifully scored bread wrapped in calligraphed sleeves and pink ribbon can add feminine flair to your food station, as evidenced by these loaves, which were styled by Et Cetera Event Company.

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Flour Monogram

kelsey joc wedding santa barbara california monogrammed cake
Jose Villa

Sift flour over a monogram stencil to personalize bread rounds for each reception table. New West and Toast Santa Barbara executed this customized moment; they also used flour to create a pretty laurel around the couple's initials.

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Southern Spread

flaky biscuits wicker basket and table
Harwell Photography

Offer bread that complements your big-day menu to create a cohesive meal. Catering By Carters baked flaky biscuits, which worked with the rest of their Southern comfort spread.

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Welcome Baskets

Corbin Gurkin

Welcome guests to your wedding with a warm basket of bread and fresh preserves. This couple thanked attendees for traveling to their destination nuptials by gifting them toasty biscuits and jam for their first breakfast. Tiny Pine Press and The Inn at Palmetto Bluff created these thoughtful presents.

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Cuisine Décor

wrapped breadstick on small plate
O'Malley Photographers

Copy Sinclair & Moore's food-inspired centerpiece by showcasing bread and berries at the middle of your reception tables. The team then placed ribbon-adorned baguettes at each setting to enhance the unique focal point.

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Passed Ciabatta

garlic bread appetizers
Rachel Solomon

Bite-sized garlic bread makes for no-mess cocktail party appetizers all guests will love. At this event, M Culinary Concepts passed around ciabatta slices wrapped in prosciutto and topped with jam.

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Earthy Tablescape

place setting with side plate of bread
Sasithon Photography

Accommodate all of your attendees' tastes by serving two styles of rolls with dinner, not just one. Patina Events offered multigrain loaves and baguettes.

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Mother's Recipe

bread in wooden wine crate on table
Christie Graham Photography

Pay homage to your heritage with baked goods that celebrate your roots. This Italian couple offered bread that was baked using a family recipe; Spread Love Events showcased the loaves in wooden wine crates from the country.

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Satisfying Favors

Elyse Hall Photography

Send guests home with a favor they can snack on—they'll be hungry after a long night of dancing! Wild One Events helped this couple gift baguettes in white sleeves that were decorated with herbs at the end of this soirée.

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Picnic Scene

grapes and baguettes in woven baskets
Megan Welker Photography

Hosting an outdoor wedding? Use woven baskets filled with grapes and baguettes as décor to create a romantic picnic display that tastes good, too. Lux Events Design and Feast & Fest executed this look.

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Bread Bowls

assortment of bread in wire baskets
Joel Serrato

Offer bowls filled with a variety of different breads at each table so guests can pick exactly which type they want with their meal. Seasons Catering baked this spread.

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Herb Butter

bread basket on table
Birds of a Feather

Upgrade bread appetizers with a toppings spread to give the classic pre-dinner bite some flavor. Coopers Hall served crostini with herb butter to do just that.

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Breaded Numbers

wire basket of bread holding table number
Emily Wren Photography

Feature bread baskets (Stephen Starr Events made these) under your table numbers to encourage guests to dig in as soon as they spot their seat.

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Garlic Cloves

wicker basket of bread on table
Emily Delamater Photography

Infuse plain dinner rolls—Vinwood Caterers created these—with subtle garlic flavor by topping off baskets with halved roasted heads.

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Homemade Spreads

Lauren Kinsey

Give your friends and family a taste of your homemade cooking with jarred spreads they can eat with your big-day bread. The personal touch will speak to your love of food.

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Personal Loaf

Lexia Frank Photography

Top your place settings with freshly baked bread so guests are greeted with a delicious aroma as soon as they find their reception seats. D'Lish Catering cooked these rolls, which One Fine Day Events styled with twine and a sprig of rosemary.

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california indian jewish wedding dinner guests sharing bread
Marissa Maharaj

Serve your rolls (K'Syrah Catering made these) family-style so everyone at the table is encouraged to mingle while (literally) breaking bread.

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Slate Board

appetizers on slate place card
Stella K Photography

Place bread on calligraphed slabs for a culinary-themed place card. These slate cutting boards by Fern and Ivory featured rolls by Poppy Bakery.

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Pumpkin Muffins

pumpkin bread muffins passed
Jose Villa

Nod to your wedding's date with a bread infused with the flavors of the season. Take notes from this couple, who served pumpkin bread muffins at their fall event.

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Wrapped Rolls

bread wrapped in menu sleeve on plates
Julie Paisley Photography

Make like Merren Events and Firefly Events and wrap dinner rolls in a simple menu card for a fun play on tradition.

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Food-Filled Tables

bread place cards
Henry + Mac

Complement fruit-filled centerpieces with bread place cards for a cohesive food-inspired tablescape. Jenny Sanders' burgundy place card, which was wrapped around a tiny roll, matched this pomegranate and cherry arrangement by Foret Design Studio.

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Menu Snack

bread loaf in printed menu sleeve
KariMe Photography

Print menus on bread sleeves so guests have something to munch on as they peruse their meal options. Inkwell and Co. made this iteration.

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Classic and Polished

bread sticks in wine glass on table
Carlie Statsky Photography

Breadsticks are an easy and mess-free snack for guests to enjoy while mingling. Take notes from Classic Catering and place a wine glass full of the bites at each reception table so no one goes hungry before dinner.

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Food Bar

outdoor bread station
Paper Antler

Offer a wide variety of bread and topping options at a crowd-pleasing food bar. The TomKat Studio and Baked by Joanna served sourdough, baguettes, different rolls, and croissants at this celebration, along with a selection of flavored butter.

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Earthy Flair

bread place settings
onelove photo

Recreate LVL Events' place settings to lend earthy flair to your table. The experts decorated dinner rolls by Ramekins⁠—which were placed at each seat⁠—with brown paper, twine, and sprigs of pine for an outdoorsy look.

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