This week I am calling all foodies… and even non foodies I suppose, as every wedding is going to involve filling tummies. I am not so much looking at you are what you eat, however, food can determine how your day flows and can help shape an event. So I am going to give you a few ideas, some options and things you may not have come across before. There is an element of needing to please your guests, but where do you draw the line when it comes to the catering of your day?
A lot of couples will end up choosing reasonably common dishes out of hazarding a guess at what their guests will fancy in a number of years’ time. There are many dishes that are almost failsafe, however I would encourage you to not try and please everybody. If you have a fuss pot in the family, it can be a stress saving tactic to just speak with the guest and find out what it is they want to eat and ask the venue to cater for them separately. Most venues will be incredibly accommodating when it comes to dietary requirements, especially when it comes to gluten free, dairy free or vegan food… chefs aren’t as scared of these requirements anymore as they are getting more talked about as each day goes by. As long as you provide a venue with adequate notice (a couple of months) and all the details, they will be sure to do their best for you.
Offering canapes at the drinks reception point is a good way of keeping people entertained when you are having your photos. Usually a selection of 4, make sure there is something in there for the veggies too. Savoury ones are better, as sweet ones don’t usually follow on as nicely to the meal you have chosen. Consider the most popular dishes that a venue shows you, but don’t feel pressured to choose the first examples. There will be many more that you can look over, so just ask the question. If you are looking to be daring, but are wary, you can go halfway by making your starter and/or dessert the wilder choices and leave your main course quite simple ie a roast beef or chicken breast.
Fish is less commonly ordered than meat in most of the previous events that I have arranged. That’s not to say that if you and your partner like fish, that’s tough and you can’t have it. A suggestion would be going for something like a smoked salmon, mackerel pate, tuna carpaccio or whatever it is you’d like, but as a starter. Then if some guests don’t like it, you still have a main course and dessert to win them over with! Equally, if you fancy a particularly boozy pudding or a banoffee pie or something (bananas don’t seem to be too popular either in my experience) then it won’t be the end of the world if it doesn’t hit the spot with everyone, as there is always wedding cake.
The mistake that many make, is over feeding. Filling up your guests too much, will for sure, slow a party down. When looking at evening food, cater to 75% of total guests at the max. Reason being, a lot of day guests will have already eaten, and a lot of evening guests won’t actually want it, they will want to get on with the party. Casual evening food is my favourite option if you are party animals, so something like a hog roast, mini burgers or even a chippy van (source these via event companies) can give people the food energy that is needed, without weighing everyone down. Ideally delivered by staff like large canapes, so that your guests don’t have to stop their conversations, floating food under their nose is a much more convenient option. Buffets are great for families who are wishing to catch up, however, if you all know each other and are looking to fill a dancefloor, stopping everything to queue for food really does grind things to a halt, so only pick this option if you are more of a chatty socialising type bunch.
Food doesn’t have to be boring. If you are blending cultures, then have an influenced evening food selection can really shake things up. Trust me, mini curry goat at a Caribbean wedding are the perfect way to add in a little of the island life to your day. Cheese wedding cakes can be multi-purpose in providing the right photo op for the day, then being cut up and served as evening food later on. Sweetie tables are OUT… filling jars with sugary treats is passé, if you have a sweet tooth, switch your wedding cake table up and have a selection of things on there instead- such as macaroons, cake pops, jam tarts and meringues… but like I said, don’t go crazy… most of it will go uneaten. Above all, you want to feed your guests to make them happy but you don’t want to make them sleepy, think of when you like to go and have a party… it isn’t usually after 6 plates of food, so just keep that in mind.
Happy planning, see you next week
Love Atlanta Haze