Cheese plates and displays are typically incorporated during cocktail hour when guests enjoy small bites and libations before a heartier dinner.
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!
Photo by 6 of Four Photography
"Copper + Marble Cheese Knives" featuring stainless steel in copper finish and marble handles, $39 (set of 3); available at West Elm
Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios
"Bark Edge Round Cheese Board" made of 100% solid acacia wood, $40; available at Pottery Barn
"Sandside" copper cheese knives, $38; available at Anthropologie
Photo by Katie Shuler Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events
Michael Aram "Olive Branch Gold Cheese Board with Knife" featuring granite board with bronze olive branch detail and knife, $165; available at Macy's
Photo by Lucas Rossi Photography
"Kiva" cheese knife set, $230 by Anna by Rablabs; available at Barneys New York
"Monette" monogram cheese board, $68; available at Anthropologie
Photo by Stacy Newgent; Wedding Planning & Design by Viva Bella Events
"Edgey Cheese Board" by Annieglass, $179; available at Bloomingdale's
"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!