22 Genius Food and Drink Pairings for Your Wedding
Great food and good drinks will leave a lasting impression on your big-day guests. But to really drive the success of your wedding's menu home, it doesn't hurt to take things one step further. We're talking about serving food and drink pairings that are curated to complement one another. Here, we've compiled a mouthwatering list of some of our favorites.
Food and drink combinations work well during cocktail hour—especially if they're easily passable and perfectly presentable. Picture mini beverages paired with bite-sized appetizers that are both adorable and functional. You can also serve dynamic duos later into your reception, though, whether that's during the main meal, dessert, or as late-night treats. That's because there are tons of options when it comes to these types of snacks and sips. Whether you're looking for something sweet or savory, there's an idea out there for you.
Our roundup of refreshments draws inspiration from a wide range of sources, including wedding seasons, wedding locations, and wedding themes. Getting hitched in England? Obsessed with Downton Abbey? Fish 'n' chips and mini glasses of beer are an irresistible nod to the Brits, for example. (The ones pictured came from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering & Events.) There are foods from all sorts of categories, plus hot drinks, cold drinks, and—of course—boozy drinks.
Overall, we've worked to showcase a whole bunch of delicious wedding food and drink pairings, from classic combos to creative couplings that are sure to surprise and delight your guests. Don't blame us if they go fast!
Corn Dogs and Beer
Nod to your favorite carnival fare with mini corn dogs plus beer, as shown in this A Thyme to Cook spread.
Cotton Candy and Bubbly
Bubbly beverages, like Champagne and Prosecco, pair well with sweets. Lush Puff swirled up this cotton candy.
Shrimp and Gazpacho
There's nothing like the classic combo of shrimp and cocktail sauce, but gazpacho is a pretty close second. Shooters of the chilled soup were garnished with fresh shellfish.
Bacon and Bourbon
Believe it or not, the savory snack tastes delicious combined with the dark spirit. Kristen Winston Catering catered this event.
Grilled Cheese and Soup
At this Starr Catering Group wedding, guests chased their mini grilled cheeses with shots of tomato soup.
Fry Cakes and Ice Cream
This couple worked with Oliver's to serve yummy fry cakes alongside vanilla ice cream.
Tacos and Margaritas
Can you name a more iconic duo? Haute Catering served these tiny Jose Cuervo margaritas with tacos.
Beignets and Coffee
We love how Nottoway Plantation & Resort offered these beignets and cups of coffee as a sweet way to wind down the night.
Fries and Soda
A Dash of Details had the genius idea to create "lunchboxes" of sorts for her guests, featuring sweet Coca Cola and salty French fries.
Biscuits and Beer
Mitchell's Catering & Events served biscuit sandwiches and beer as mouthwatering hors d'oeuvres.
Oysters and Bloody Marys
These refreshments weren't just paired—they were served to be consumed simultaneously. Each little Bloody Mary shooter (from Cru Catering) contained an oyster.
Sandwiches and Beer
Offer your favorite sammie with your favorite brew. Wolfgang Puck catered this food.
Cookies and Coffee
Here's another tasty dessert pairing: coffee-flavored liqueur and cookies. This G Catering & Events wedding featured Kahlúa shots (complete with sprinkle-coated rims) plus oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies.
Pretzels and Beer
Serve a regional pairing, like this couple did. Their Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, celebration included Yuengling beer and Philly Pretzel Factory snacks.
Truffles and Liqueur
Chef's Market topped these Grand Mariner shots with dark chocolate-flavored cake truffles.
Fritters and Soup
Sage Catering Co. served summery appetizers at this wedding: corn fritters with chilled tomato soup shooters.
Popsicles and Champagne
Tacos and Moscow Mules
What's cuter than mini Moscow mule cups? The mini cocktails combined with tiny tacos, of course. Haute Catering served these ones.
Cake and Whiskey
These adorable dessert flights came with individual Paper Heart Patisserie cakes paired with different whiskeys.
Pigs in a Blanket and Beer
Bite-sized hotdogs and mini "pints" are an adorable pairing, as this Westminster Hotel wedding went to show.
Donuts and Coffee
Who doesn't love a donut hole? Paula LeDuc Fine Catering & Events served the childhood favorite with mugs of coffee for an after-dinner wedding treat.