Many elements go into making a wedding day special, but without a doubt, the food is one of the most important. Your guests expect something a bit special, a feast for the eyes as well as the senses.
Gone are the days when you had no choice but to serve canapés followed by a roast dinner and wedding cake. Now, you are limited only by your imagination, and the skills of your catering team. Most venues offer a fantastic level of choice, as well as the chance to order a range of fun extras.
There are some fantastic options available. Here are some of our favourites.
An ice cream bar
A make your own sundae bar always goes down well. Just be sure not to open it before the main meal has finished, otherwise nobody will have room for the food.
Another option is an ice cream van. These are fun too, and not as messy as a help yourself sundae bar. If you have ever seen a four-year-old accidently let loose on one, you will know exactly what I mean.
Everyone loves a hog roast
Most modern hog roast machines can be set up indoors or outdoors, so you do not have to hold your reception outside to be able to give your guests the chance to enjoy this fantastic food. You can have it served in a range of ways, but pulling the meat and serving it with applesauce or stuffing, in rolls, is still the most popular way.
It is a fantastic chance to offer your guests something special in the evening. This works especially well if your plan is for the main meal to be served relatively early in the day.
A cocktail van
More and more street food vendors are finding ways to offer their food and drink as an option for couples who are getting married. A great example of this is cocktail vans.
They are a fun way to make sure that your guests get the chance to sample something different. Cocktails take time to prepare, so having them served separately is also a good way to keep the wait at the main bar to a minimum.
If you have an early ceremony planned, offering your guests afternoon tea is a fantastic way to bridge the gap between your reception and the main meal. It is great for a vintage wedding reception.
Your afternoon tea can be a sit down affair, or you can have dainty sandwiches served with the canapés alongside tiny cakes. To accompany these you can have a range of teas and coffees served. In the summer, you can offer Pimm’s or iced teas.
Look for something different to serve your guests. You can have a lot of fun with finger foods.
Scaled down meal canapés impress. Baby Greek salads served in little paper cups with a cocktail stick is a great example. A bacon cup topped with warm scrambled egg is another.
Use your imagination and ask your caterer to give some of your more off the wall ideas a go. They are always looking for new ideas, so, if they can, they will incorporate some of them into your meal plan.