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How can anyone not love canapés?

How can anyone not love canapés?

After all, they are sure to be a welcome addition to any wedding reception, a well-earned treat to hungry guests who may have skipped lunch or even breakfast to make it to your ceremony in time!

Teamed with a celebratory glass of bubbles, a canapé (or two) can keep your wedding guests’ hunger at bay, ahead of a sumptuous wedding breakfast to follow.

Here at Hudsons we have put together this guide to help you discover how best to choose and serve canapés at your wedding.

How Many and for How Long?

Canapés will most likely be the first thing your guests will have eaten since leaving home. Even more reason to make it delicately delicious and just enough to leave them excited for the main meal to shortly follow.

On the basis that your drinks reception is around the standard mark of two hours, a good rule of thumb here at Hudsons is 5 – 6 canapés per person. We feel that this is a great amount to whet your guest’s appetite and get them anticipating what tasty delights are to follow while of course offering something to soak up their celebratory drinks!

A crowd-pleaser like our now famous Haggis Balls accompanied by a Whisky Dip or Mini Pancake of Pulled Pork, Smoked Salsa & Avocado should definitely feature, but if you are looking for something a little more delicate our Seared Scallop, Black Pudding & Pea Purée or Seared Beef Fillet on a Potato Scone with Béarnaise & Bay Sauce may be exactly what you are looking for.

Two hours may feel like a long time when planning your post-ceremony reception, however, when surrounded by close family and friends you will find that this portion of your day will go by in a flash. Remember, there’s only two of you and as much as you’d love to spend every minute mingling with your guests, your drinks reception is also the time where you will get whisked away by your photographer for your first pictures as a newlywed couple.

Below, we’ve listed a selection of sample wedding canapés that you could choose to serve at your post-ceremony drinks reception, but as with all our menus, the sky is truly the limit and we love to create personalised canapés! 

We also offer a large selection of vegan canapé options and can adapt our canapés to suit all dietary requirements.

Chilled Canapés
Seared Beef with White Bean on Bruschetta
Quails Egg and Hollandaise Tartlet
Arbroath Smokie on Brown Bread Toast
Hot Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Pickle
Mini Spinach and Cottage Cheese Frittata
Smoked Mackerel, Beetroot and Sour Cream
Caramelised Leek, Onion and Artichoke Scones with Mascarpone and Relish
Soy Marinated Beef with Coriander Relish
Quails Egg and Celery Salt
Cider, Horseradish and Dill Marinated Pork en Croute
Smoked Duck Breast with Mango, Avocado and Coconut
Potato Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese
Salt Beef Mini Bagels with Pickle Vegetables and Black Pepper Cream Cheese
Gougere Cheese Puffs
Watermelon-Mint Lollipops
Potted Shrimp
Crab and Lemon Potato Cones

Warm Canapés
Haggis Balls and Whisky Dip
Loaded Potato Skins
Prawn, Chorizo and Tomato Kebabs
Sweet Chilli King Prawns with Lemon Mayo
Sticky Honey and Mustard Chipolata Sausages
Devilled Pheasant Bites
Mini Toad in the Hole
Mini Game Pies with Branson Pickle
Honey and Ginger Chicken
Mini Quails Egg Florentine
Mini Pancake of Pulled Pork, Smoked Salsa and Avocado
Cheese and Ham Toasties with Red Onion Jam
Haggis Shepherd Pies
Thai Spiced Crab Cakes
Minced Lamb, Cinnamon and Currant Rolls
Hotdogs in Brioche Rolls with Mustard
Homemade Mini Cheese Burgers
Mac and Cheese Cups

Soup Sips
Carrot and Ginger
Tomato and Basil
Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato
Green Pea and Ham

Hudsons Signature Canapés
North Sea Haddock Goujons and Fries
Lobster and Lemon Rolls
Seared Scallop, Black Pudding and Pea Puree


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