17 Passed Hors d'Oeuvres Your Wedding Guests Will Really Love

Because everyone knows cocktail hour is really the place to wow your guests

Updated 12/14/16

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Catering can make or break your wedding. Really great food will have a lasting impression on your guests, both making your wedding night more fun and serving as a memory guests will be talking about for years to come. And wowing your guests' taste buds starts before they've even found their seats for dinner — it really begins with what you're serving at cocktail hour.

Whether you're opting for a wide variety of bite-sized dishes to share some of your favorite flavors, or are keeping to a culinary theme, a spread of great hors d'oeuvres is a tasty way to get the party going! We've asked caterers from across the country to share some of their favorite creative hors d'oeuvres that will have your mouth watering.

Pigs in a blanket need not apply!

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Artisan Toast

Courtesy of Cade Nagy of Catering by Design

Topped with a variety of pestos, caramelized onions, pickled mustard seeds, and charcuterie, these bites from Catering by Design in Denver pack a flavorful punch.

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Soup Sip

Henry Dombey for Left Coast Catering

Your guests will love the punch of flavor from this sip of green garlic soup, topped with chive blossoms, by San Francisco's Left Coast Catering.

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Smoked Pork Tacos

Kate Webber Photography for Taste Catering & Event Planning

Tacos aren't going anywhere! These, by Taste Catering & Event Planning in San Francisco, combine Kalua pork, pickled green papaya slaw, and scallion aioli in a taro root taco — no one will notice they're gluten-free!

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Garden Pots

Courtesy of Feast and Imbibe

How playful are these vegetarian garden pots by Chicago's Feast and Imbibe? The base is lemon curd, topped with pea purée and pumpernickel "dirt," then topped with seasonal baby vegetables (and even powdered "snow" for a winter wedding!) and paired with a shooter of rosemary vodka lemonade.

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Salmon and Tuna Naruto

Courtesy of Above and Beyond Catering

Prepared with cucumber instead of rice and seaweed, this roll from Boston's Above and Beyond Catering combines tuna, scallop, and salmon with a garnish of scallion and black sesame seeds.

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Chicken Tostada Cone

Courtesy of Funky's Catering Events

Who doesn't love tostadas? Funky's Catering Events in Cincinnati turned them into a bite-sized treat, topped with chipotle cream.

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Prosciutto Roulades

Kate Webber Photography for Taste Catering & Event Planning

Fresh, salty, and creamy, these roulades from Taste Catering & Event Planning feature slices of prosciutto wrapped around goat cheese and enoki mushrooms.

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Elk Pastrami Sliders

Courtesy of Cade Nagy, Catering by Design

These sliders put a twist on classic deli fare, mixing elk pastrami with beet kraut and Catering by Design's secret sauce.

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Rhubarb-Glazed Pork Belly Bites

Henry Dombey for Left Coast Catering

To really punch up the rhubarb flavor, Left Coast Catering paired these pork belly bites with a rhubarb and vodka aperitif.

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Beef & Broccoli Cups

Courtesy of Feast and Imbibe

Who doesn't like Chinese food? Whether during cocktail hour or on the dance floor, this 72-hour braised short rib, which Feast and Imbibe pairs with pan-roasted broccoli and sautéed oyster mushrooms and packed in a mini to-go box, is perfect for mingling while you eat.

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Clam Chowder Shooters

Courtesy of Above and Beyond Catering

If you've got New England roots, you'll love Above and Beyond Catering's clam chowder shooters, each topped with a crispy clam fritter.

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Steakhouse Fork

Courtesy of Cade Nagy, Catering by Design

An entire steakhouse meal in one bite? Catering by Design did just that with a morsel of filet mignon topped with horseradish whipped potatoes.

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Ahi Push Pops

Courtesy of Feast and Imbibe

It looks like watermelon, but these pops from Feast and Imbibe feature layers of tuna tartar, puffed rice, and wasabi avocado cream.

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Crusted Venison Loin

Kate Webber Photography for Taste Catering & Event Planning

Game meat is all the rage, and your guests will be swooning over Taste Catering & Event Planning's nettle-crusted venison loin, on a nest of spiral potatoes with syrah gelée and pickled mustard seed.

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Falafel Waffle

Courtesy of Cade Nagy, Catering by Design

Not only is it fun to say, Catering by Design's falafel waffle, with kalamata olive, roasted red pepper, and crumbled cheese, puts all the flavors of a falafel plate in a single bite.

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Shrimp and Sliders

Courtesy of Funky's Catering Events

From garlic shrimp with a yellow gazpacho shooter to beef sliders with pastrami and gruyere to miniature braised beef bahn mis with pickled vegetables, Funky's Catering Events is bringing serious flavor.

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Mustard-Crusted Chicken Roulade

Kate Webber Photography for Taste Catering & Event Planning

Taste Catering & Event Planning serves this chicken roulade on a wild mushroom polenta cake, topped with a dollop of rosemary chard pesto and a crispy rye berry.

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