Catering – Are you on a set course?…

We’ve touched upon catering several times in the past as part of blogs that have covered a wider issue, namely budget weddings. Here at Book Of Weddings, we are and always will be believers that you can plan a stunning wedding without it costing the earth. But today we’re feeling a little bit extravagant, and in this post, it’s just gonna be food, glorious food, regardless of the cost…

 

Think of the weddings you’ve been to in the past. More specifically, think back to the little RSVP card that came with the invitation. Does this look familiar?:

 

Tick one of these boxes!

Soup, Chicken liver pate, Vegetarian…

 

Now tick one of these boxes!

Chicken, Beef, Salmon, Vegetarian…

 

And last but not least…

Fudge cake, Ice cream, Cheesecake, Vegetarian…

 

Yeah, we thought it might. Now first of all, let one thing be clear. We are NOT knocking this approach to wedding catering. It is, in theory, a highly effective method of ensuring that a smooth guest feeding operation is executed on the big day. But how often do you reckon every single guest RSVPs by the deadline (or even at all!)? We’re saying nothing… But it’s likely that we agree with your estimate.  All we’re doing in this blog is highlighting some ways in which you can cast a wider net over your guests’ taste buds, and take your catering plans out of the pressure cooker.

 

So, which way are you leaning? Are you happy going down the fully traditional route? Or is the three course set menu perhaps a little bit normal and a little bit formal? If you’ve landed on the latter side of the fence, this post may just whet your appetite. We’ve indulged in the world’s wedding menu (only form a research point of view, sadly) and picked our favourite alternative options. Here comes the big aeroplane of inspiration… *WHOOOSSSHHH* (That was an aeroplane noise. Or the sound of the joke going over your head. Delete as appropriate)

 

Afternoon Tea

Now here’s a laid back way of keeping your nearest and dearest fed and watered. And yet, for all it’s relaxed, almost casual qualities, it retains that little bit of sophistication that you may still want in this, the most special of all occasions. As well as going down a treat with your guests, It’ll be a breeze to pull off. Do your research and pick your catering company wisley. Choose a big enough variety of sandwiches and cakes to keep everyone happy. Chuck in a splash of posh tea and some nice fancy fizz and you’re onto an absolute winner.

 

BBQ

Now this certainly won’t be unheard of at a wedding after the evening guests arrive. But consider it as a wedding breakfast option. Admittedly this may be thought of as rather weather dependant if you’re to enjoy it to the fullest. But who said that great barbecued food has to be enjoyed outside in the sunshine? If you’re going for a one stop shop approach to your wedding nosh, it’s all about variety. And with enough of it, you could keep a barbecue open for aperitifs, wedding breakfast, evening meal and even snacks in between for those with particularly big appetites. All you’ve got to do is get everyone in the same place for the speeches. A perfect option for those planning an increasingly popular festival style wedding.

 

Food Stations

An option for those with a blank cheque but no decisive quality to nail down a single cuisine. There is scope here to make yours the most extravagant wedding breakfast your guests have ever known. Picture several buffet style stations dotted around the outside of a dining area, each one offering the finest grub from different styles of cooking. If you and your partner are passionate about travel, you might consider including all of your favourite national cuisines. You can be sure that there’ll be something for everyone, and it’ll take a little of the formality out of the day. And if you really chuck the cash at it, you could glam your wedding breakfast up to the max. It ticks every box.

 

Picnic

Once again, many might consider this a weather dependent option. And once again, we respectfully disagree. Inside or outside, imagine, as a wedding guest, observing the seating plan and locating your table. Now picture arriving at a blanketed table with a wicker basket of treats waiting for you and your fellow diners. You could load a picnic basket with any style of cuisine. The most skilled catering professionals could even have them filled with hot food. The truth is, as an idea, this is more of a delivery method with a difference than a unique approach on what to actually feed your guests. Once again, variety is key. With enough of it, you can satisfy every taste and dietary requirement. And you can do it in a way that your guests will remember and talk about for a long time to come.