Bijou Wedding Venues' Tip of the Month: Advice on wedding food and drink

02 Jul 2018

Expert advice when it comes to finding, booking and planning your wedding at your dream wedding venue, brought to you each month by Bijou Wedding Venues

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The expert team at Bijou Wedding Venues are back for another month and this month detail what to consider when it comes to your wedding catering.

July top wedding venue tip: Advice on wedding food and drink

If you’re a foodie couple and the food you serve at your wedding is important to you (which we at Bijou Weddings believe it should be), it would be advisable to think about your menus, catering options and drink as you’re on the hunt for the perfect wedding venue. When visiting your shortlist of wedding venues, find out how the catering options work in the first instance. Some wedding venues only offer in-house catering - ensuring consistency across all of the food courses and styles offered at their weddings.

In-house catering can also mean that you’ll be offered menu tastings and the chance to change or enhance the menus offered; you may also be offered advice when it comes to pairing wines with certain dishes. When it comes to evening reception buffets or hog roasts, an in-house catering team can make suggestions galore. If your chosen wedding venue gives you the opportunity to bring in your own catering company, don’t forget to do your research before committing or handing over any money. Food and service reviews should be helpful to read.

If your heart is set on serving a particular dish or providing your guests with a surprise cocktail or an edible sweet treat, make sure, in advance, that your chosen wedding venue will either provide it for you, or allow you to bring it in to the venue. Discuss corkage charges in regards to wine, spirits, fizz and/or miniatures, if you plan on handing them out as wedding favours. Some venues, for insurance purposes, may want to take care of anything food and drink related themselves, giving you one less thing to think about during the run up to your day. 


About Bijou Wedding Venues:

Bijou owns and operates some of the most beautiful luxury exclusive-use country house wedding venues in the South East of England. Notley Abbey on the Buckinghamshire-Oxfordshire border, Silchester House on the Berkshire-Hampshire border, Cain Manor on the Surrey-Hampshire border, and Botleys Mansion in Surrey are the main UK venues within the portfolio. For more information, visit


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