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While planning a destination wedding, often food becomes one of the most important factors. Luckily, by choosing an all-inclusive resort, it’s easy to select from many mouthwatering destination wedding catering ideas. From wedding packages that include full buffets to upscale properties that let you choose from chef-driven menus, your catering options can be flawless.

Consider a few food options that incorporate the local culture into your celebration, and seafood is essential if you’re organizing a beach wedding reception. Choose delectable and diverse meals to make your first supper as a married pair a memorable one.

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The appropriate beverages can establish the mood for your wedding! Whether you want to host a pre-reception cocktail hour or simply provide a range of drinks throughout the dinner, complete your soirée with libations. For beach weddings, popular alcoholic and non-alcoholic options include:

Margaritas, piña coladas, and other tropical mixed drinks

Flavored rums and vodkas, particularly with splashes of mango, coconut, or citrus extracts

Fresh fruit juices such as pineapple, mango, and tropical punch blends


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Appetizers made during cocktail hour or served before dinner. From hot tropical classics to cool summer morsels, delicious appetizers for a seaside wedding include:


Shrimp cocktail

Mini crab cakes

Fresh tropical fruit

Iced oysters

Crab or shrimp stuffed mushrooms

Coconut shrimp

Soups and Salads

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A fresh salad cleanses the palate before the main course and can be a great start to any wedding dinner. Choose one of these beach wedding favorites:

Garden salad with baby greens

Caesar salad with shrimp

Mixed local greens

Along with a light salad, choose for light, tasty dressings that won’t overpower your taste buds.


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Soup can be served as an entrée or as an alternative to salad. Delicious soups to serve at a seaside wedding reception include:

Clam chowder

Shrimp or lobster bisque

Jamaican pepperpot soup


Chicken tortilla soup


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Any wedding reception menu’s centerpiece is the entrée. Many couples serve at least two dinners to provide variety to their guests, and popular choices include:

Jamaican jerk meats, such as chicken or pork

Grilled or broiled fish

Steak, including filet mignon, tenderloin, or prime rib

Lemon braised chicken

Chicken marsala

Surf and turf combinations

Barbecued chicken

Roast pork with lime

Side Dishes

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An entrée’s side dishes should be just as excellent as the main course. Many wedding menus include the following side dishes:

Rice pilaf, saffron rice, or wild rice

Roasted potatoes, potato wedges, or mashed potatoes

Pasta with various sauces

Grilled or sautéed vegetables


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Many couples choose a wedding cake over a dessert menu. But including a modest dessert or two on your beach wedding menu will lend added sweetness to the dinner. Additionally, many guests may not appreciate cake, so including sweets on the menu might help couples save money on the wedding cake.

Decadent beach wedding desserts include:

Key lime or other citrus tarts

Strawberry shortcake

Chocolate covered strawberries

Coconut macaroons

Lemon cookies

Coconut cream pie

Pineapple upside down cake

Wedding Cake

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Any reception menu’s crowning splendor is the wedding cake. Beach wedding cakes come in a variety of wonderful flavors, but the following are some of the most popular:

Vanilla or chocolate sponge cake with tropical fruit fillings

Lemon sponge cake with a vanilla or lime filling

Dark chocolate cakes with chocolate ganache

Vanilla cake with a toasted coconut filling

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