15 catering ideas for your wedding day

23 Apr 2019

From ice-cream bikes and popcorn carts to giant paellas and roast dinners, your wedding breakfast can be as unique as you are

By Samantha Cunningham

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A big part of the planning for your big day is the food so why not ensure your culinary favourites feature?

1. His and hers: Having a dessert that is a favourite of the groom and the bride can be a fun way to give the menu a personal touch. 

2. Care to share? Sharing platters are a great way the get your guests interacting. They are perfect for an al fresco celebration or themed wedding – pick your platters with care to complete your vision for the day. 

3. Out to graze: You could create a number of themed food stations for your guests to enjoy instead of the traditional canapés. For the evening food, think mini tacos, mini salads or pizzas to tie it in with your overall theme. 

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4. Light bites: Plan your canapés with care. Pick a theme or cuisine that your caterer can work around and let your imagination run wild. For a British classic, cones of fish goujons and chips or Yorkshire puddings filled with roast beef go down a treat. 

5. Dinner time: Host a roast always goes down well. Everything is placed in the middle of the table for guests to help themselves. You can even assign each table with a meat carver.  

6. Drinks on wheels: Mobile bars are very popular, from prosecco vans to cocktail carts and vintage caravans. Why not tailor your drinks to the season, or ask your supplier to include your favourite drinks, or the wine you shared on your first date? 

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7. Tea and cake: Cakes and sandwiches served on pretty china; scones brimming with strawberry jam and clotted cream… For a vintage style or classic wedding, afternoon tea hits the spot. Select a seasonal range of sweet and savoury options and serve with tea or prosecco. 

9. Ice, ice baby: At a summer wedding why not hire for an ice-cream cart or bike, served either on arrival or for dessert? A vintage bike will also make for great photo opportunities. 

10. Best of British: For something more classically British, opt for pie, mash and gravy, fish and chips or afternoon tea. 

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8. After all…: Cake tables are increasingly popular as an alternative to the traditional wedding cake. Go for a variety of classic sponges, a doughnut wall and cupcakes, or even a tower of local cheeses. 

11. Dishes of the day: Big pan dishes are great for larger numbers.

12. Keep them sweet: From popcorn carts to candy floss machines, pick ‘n’ mix stands to chocolate fountains, a wedding can be the sweetest thing. 

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13. Moveable feast: Pizza ovens and food trucks serving quick, fresh food are all the rage at summer weddings. Food trucks serving tacos, fresh noodles or gourmet burgers are sure to go down a treat too.

14. Cooking up a storm: For an al fresco or festival-style wedding, go for the grill. Barbecue and hog roasts served with fresh salads and sides are an on-theme option. 

15. Down your local: With guests coming from far and wide, giving them the chance to sample a local brew is a nice touch for post-ceremony drinks. 

Read more catering inspiration in the 2019 issues of Bride Magazine.

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