Top Ten Tips for Perfect Wedding Day Catering
Whilst there are a thousand ways to do the food at a wedding – from fish and chip van to
BBQ, from Indian banquet to a formal five course dinner – great food means happy
guests, and an even more memorable day. So it’s important to get it absolutely right.
So, we have compiled a top ten tips list to get you on the right track with choosing your
wedding caterer, to creating your wedding menu, and to making your wedding reception
meal the best your guests can remember!
1) Budget :
There are a huge number of companies specialising in wedding catering in the
UK – so make sure you start with the right one! Finalise your budget first (that
will determine which level of wedding caterer you can afford), then do lots of
research – ask friends for recommendations, search the Internet, and get
reading your local press and wedding magazines too.
Theming is an integral part of wedding receptions. Once you have decided on a
caterer – spend some time thinking about theming your wedding reception –
that will really dictate the kind of wedding food you want to offer your guests.
Are you looking for an urban city affair with a modern, minimalist reception
(how about sushi in this case?). Or will it be a rustic, seaside affair (think about
local fish and seafood).
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3) Wedding Menu
If you have your theme and budget sorted, then of course it’s the wedding menu
next. You need to be clear on what you would like your guests to experience – do
you want to offer canapés for instance? And of course think about what actual
dishes they might like to eat – chicken is always a popular wedding choice as you
can be sure that most guests will like it! Remember your wedding menu doesn’t
HAVE to be lavish to be good – even pie and mash can be jawdroppingly special
when done to perfection!
Always remember to think about the vegetarians or food allergy sufferers amongst
your guests. Certain religions too can only eat certain things – make sure you bear
all this in mind at your wedding menu planning stage. And your caterer should be
able to help you with options too.
5) Wedding Cake
What’s next? The cake – of course! You can ask your caterer to provide your
wedding cake for you, although many people now treat this part of the day as a
separate entity and use other suppliers. There are hundreds of cake designers
available who specialise in wonderful wedding cake marvels.
This side of things is crucial to your wedding caterer too. Make sure you give some
thought to the timing of the food parts of the day – will you want a canapé reception
for one hour? Or more? Speeches before dinner? Or afterwards?
7) Original ideas
Adding unusual bits and pieces to your wedding reception catering really makes a
difference and doesn’t have to be expensive. How about an ice cream van for
dessert? Or bacon sandwiches at midnight? Foody favours can be lovely touches too
– initialled chocolates or his and hers gingerbread men for example.
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8) Wedding Style
Your caterer will also be responsible for much of the wedding style too. They will be
in charge of the table design and overall look and feel of the catering. China, glass,
cutlery and table linen all come under the wedding caterers remit. Make sure you
get to see samples of what they propose, or that you have a good idea of what you
Make sure you keep in contact with your caterer in the run up to the wedding –
whilst they shouldn’t be bothering you with all the minute details, you can of course
keep them up to date with any guest number changes, specific food requirements, or
anything else to do with the food that you may be worrying about – they are meant
to be lightening your load after all.
Finally – make sure you sit back and enjoy the day. That’s the whole point of using a
good wedding caterer after all – it gives you more time to relax and let someone else
do the worrying!
Source: "rhubarb" food design Ltd. - Wedding Receptions UK & Wedding Food ideas
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