How to Create the Ultimate Cheese Board for Your Wedding

A dinner-party favorite makes its way into wedding weekend events.

Cheese plates and displays are typically incorporated during cocktail hour when guests enjoy small bites and libations before a heartier dinner.

Photo: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22Studio

Cheese, wine, and entertaining go hand in hand, but unlike signature cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, not every wedding includes a cheese plate. Since more and more couples are choosing to host nuptials that exude an intimate ambience akin to a dinner party, it makes perfect sense that cheese boards and charcuterie displays at weddings are becoming increasingly popular.

Cheese plates and displays are typically incorporated during cocktail hour when guests enjoy small bites and libations before a heartier dinner. However, one of the couples featured in our fall issue had “edible centerpieces” where beautiful cheese-and-meat plates enticed attendees throughout the reception. When building your cheese board, it’s important to mix up the platter with a range of options, including an array of cheeses, such as goat's milk, sheep's milk, cow's milk, as well as aged and fresh varieties. You can also choose to include both hard cheeses, soft cheeses, and semi-firm cheeses to blend the textures and appeal to all guests' tastes. Add dried and fresh fruits, nuts, crackers and baguettes, jams, spreads, and chutneys for an even more exciting cheese plate.

If it’s not your taste to have a cheese board at your cocktail hour or reception, consider including one at your engagement party, bridal shower, or at-home soirées with your bridesmaids while stuffing envelopes or fantasizing about the big day. Take a look at the images below from real weddings to inspire your culinary delights, as well as products that will help you get the look for your own celebration!

Variety of cheeses on cheese plate with slate and wood details at wedding reception cocktail hour

Photo by 6 of Four Photography

Marble and copper cheese knives set of 3 from west elm

"Copper + Marble Cheese Knives" featuring stainless steel in copper finish and marble handles, $39 (set of 3); available at West Elm

Wood cheese board with bark edge from Pottery Barn

"Bark Edge Round Cheese Board" made of 100% solid acacia wood, $40; available at Pottery Barn

Copper sandside cheese knives anthropologie cheese board ideas

"Sandside" copper cheese knives, $38; available at Anthropologie

Wedding cheese and charcuterie board on lace runner

Photo by Katie Shuler Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events

Michael Aram Olive Branch Gold Cheese board with knife granite bronze

Michael Aram "Olive Branch Gold Cheese Board with Knife" featuring granite board with bronze olive branch detail and knife, $165; available at Macy's

Cheese board on wood cutting board with dried fruits wedding reception styled shoot

Photo by Lucas Rossi Photography

Kiva cheese knives anna by rablabs barneys new york

"Kiva" cheese knife set, $230 by Anna by Rablabs; available at Barneys New York

Anthropologie monette monogrammed cheese board gift ideas

"Monette" monogram cheese board, $68; available at Anthropologie

Cheese display at wedding with signs for types of cheeses

Photo by Stacy Newgent; Wedding Planning & Design by Viva Bella Events

Annieglass Edgey Cheese Board glass and metallic

"Edgey Cheese Board" by Annieglass, $179; available at Bloomingdale's

Linde Marble Cheese Board from Joss & Main black with gold knife

"Linde Marble Board" in dark marble, $28; available at Joss & Main

For more ideas, learn what to ask your wedding caterer, see how to accommodate guests with dietary restrictions, and get ideas for delicious hors d'oeuvres for cocktail hour!