Alternative ideas to a formal wedding breakfast

20 Jun 2017

If you want to challenge tradition by opting for something other than a conventional three-course wedding breakfast, here are some ideas

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Fish & chips

An all-time British favourite, fish and chips are always well received at weddings. Vegetarians can even be catered for with a fried halloumi alternative. Dodson's Fresh Catch are a national award-winning family owned mobile fish and chip caterer that specialise in wedding catering. Known for producing the freshest possible tasting fish and light, crispy batter, Dodson's cover the Midlands, Yorkshire and beyond from the company's Melton Mowbray and Wakefield sites.



Summer weddings will delight in the opportunity for a barbecue, perfectly catering to the masses with sizzling meats and vegetable kebabs. Accompany with a spread of salads and cold pasta dishes to ensure hunger pangs are kept at bay. 



Paella and Tapas offers relaxed and informal celebration food that is ideal for sharing with family and friends. This can transcend your entire wedding catering - from canapes to desserts. Nick at Paella Fella suggests canapés such as Moorish lamb cigars or mushroom croquettes with a blue cheese dip. For starters, Alitas con Ajo (twice cooked chicken wings in a smoky sauce) and patatas bravas topped with a smoked creamy sauce; main course - a variety of paellas (chicken, chorizo, and 'verdura' vegetable versions); and a trio of miniature desserts: platinum raspberry and white chocolate blondies, mini-Cinna-Bun pots  and tangy lime and mojito jellies.


Build your own

Taco and tortilla stations are growing in popularity because of their fuss-free and fun approach to wedding catering. Featuring various fillings, sauces and sides, a taco or tortilla station allows guests to get tucked in to creating their own meal, controlling their portion size and putting a personal spin on their food. You can set up a self-service station yourself or bring in the experts to do it for you. 

Picnic hampers

Quintessentially British, a picnic hamper will deliver spring and summer vibes to the dinner table. You can do it yourself by preparing homemade quiches, hearty breads and a selection of chutneys in advance or leave it to the professionals to save yourself the stress. The Jabberwocky started life as a toastie van, taking gourmet grilled cheese to boutique festivals and events. After catering weddings for toastie fanatics, the team decided to provide the breakfasts as well and now offer picnic baskets full of delicious treats sourced from trusted artisan suppliers. The hampers comprise local cheeses, freshly baked bread and phenomenal cured meats along with home-baked quiche and proper pork pies.


Street food

Think barbecue pulled pork burgers with a crunchy slaw and falafel pittas with shredded lettuce and a drizzled Tzatziki sauce. Street food is vibrant, fun and above all, delicious, so will always go down a storm at weddings. Hire a street food van and provide multi-cultural cuisine on your big day, whatever your preference. With American, Mexican, and Pan Asian options - among many others, you can rest assured that your preference will be catered for.


Hog roast

A hog roast is a quick and easy way to fulfil an informal wedding breakfast. Serve with chips, bread rolls, salad and plenty of apple sauce. While a hog roast is a great option for meat lovers, never forget your vegans and vegetarians by providing a suitable alternative that has been given just as much thought.


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