Southern Comfort Wedding Food

Nothing says love quite like southern comfort food. So, it makes total sense to serve your favorite southern comfort foods at your wedding reception! But, it can sometimes be hard to figure out how to make a southern comfort favorite into wedding appropriate nosh. Here are some ways to elegantly, and neatly, incorporate some of your favorite southern comfort food into your wedding reception!

Chicken and Waffles

Mmmm, the sweet and savory combination of chicken and waffles is perfect, and a true crowd pleaser. But a big old plate of fried chicken and waffles might be a bit cumbersome for your guests. So, instead try a mini waffle and fried chicken tenders on a stick with a delicious honey mustard or maple dipping sauce.

Another idea on how to present this classic is to serve little chicken sandwiches with waffle buns or a delicious biscuit brushed with honey butter. We are getting hungry just thinking about it.

Shrimp and Grits

Serve up this classic southern comfort dish in mini cups during cocktail hour or for some fun and delicious hors-d’oeuvres.

Lemonade and Sweet Tea

Lemonade and sweet tea are of course, totally appropriate and wonderful to serve exactly as they are at your wedding. We just wanted to include some alternate ways to serve this southern comfort classic.

An iced tea bar or lemonade bar complete with fun swizzle straws, fresh fruit mix-ins, and ice cubes molded in fun shapes can be a really fun addition to your wedding reception. Lemonade can also be frozen into lemonade popsicles as a fun and refreshing dessert on those warm southern evenings.

Sweet iced tea and lemonade can also both serve as the base for some truly delicious cocktails. Here is a great article from with some delicious ice tea cocktail recipes including bourbon iced tea, sweet tea lemonade vodka mojitos which combines the best of both iced tea and lemonade and Tennessee orange sweet tea cocktail. Here is a buzzfeed article with 23 great spiked lemonade recipes that you will enjoy trying out, including a champagne lemonade that is perfect for your champagne toast, a spicy Cajun lemonade with Pimms and Tabasco that is an ideal southern treat, and a whiskey thyme lemonade which is sure to please.

Pulled Pork Sliders

Little individual pulled pork sliders are sure to please your guests, especially when topped with another southern favorite, coleslaw. Serve these with your favorite barbecue sauce in little personalized bottles with your names and wedding date on them for a fun favor that your guests can take home. It’s a perfect detail for Southern vintage weddings!

Chicken Pot Pie

Handheld chicken pot pies are delicious and portable. Crimp the edges of the crust for a little added touch of elegance.

Jarred Pies

Speaking of pie, the trend of making individual mini pies in mason jars is one that we love. You can serve your favorite pie, or a variety of pies up to your guests in little mason jars for a tasty, and elegant, southern dessert. Top each pie with a scoop of homemade style vanilla ice cream and this will be a huge win all around.

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese plus frying equals delicious, crowd-pleasing southern comfort wedding food. Little fried macaroni and cheese balls are a wedding food trend that has been popping up all over the place, and for good reason. These make a great addition to your cocktail hour or pre-dinner hors-d’oeuvres and they are also a great buffet table addition.

We hope these southern comfort wedding food ideas have whet your appetite for your wedding reception planning! Happy wedding planning ya’ll!