Top Tips Tuesday: Choosing Your Wedding Breakfast…
Choosing your wedding breakfast may seem like one of the trickiest parts of planning your wedding, and often one of the more expensive parts! With so many people to keep happy, different dietary requirements, all whilst staying within your budget…and making sure it is delicious of course! As this weeks Top Tips Tuesday we are putting together some ideas which could save you both time and money, and hopefully something that will suit everyone who you are catering for! (Warning some images may cause mouth watering)
Tip 1 – Firstly you will have to consider your venue. Do they allow outside caterers or have they got a menu already planned out? If so does this work with your budget?
Tip 2 – Ensure that your venue or caterer can provide for your guests with different dietary requirements.
Some Venues and caterers will also be able to create a bespoke menu just for you which would be an added bonus.
Tip 3 – With most drinks receptions lasting between 1-4 hours, choosing to have canapés at your reception will mean that guests will be less likely to go hungry, especially as they may not be likely to eat something heavy before the ceremony. This will keep them going until the wedding breakfast. (This may also prevent the dreaded drunkenness amongst your wedding guests!)
Tip 4 – If you are opting to not have starter at your wedding, canapés would be a good option as a lighter bite before the meal. This again would prevent guests from becoming hungry, and is cheaper than opting for both canapés and a starter.
Tip 5 – Why not make some home made nibbles to keep people going during the reception, for example chocolate coated strawberries, or try different types of fruit. This would be ideal for a summer wedding and would go down a treat with champagne!
Tip 6 – A sorbet would also be good as a lighter starter to have on its own or in-between the main starter and a main course, it would go perfectly with a summer wedding as it it more refreshing.
The Main Course…
Tip 7 – If you have chosen to go for canapés and a starter, remember to try not to overfill your guests with a large main course and dessert. This could mean that it takes longer to fill the dance floor later on!
Tip 8 – Try to keep the menu seasonal, choosing a fish dish or a salad would be more suited to a summer wedding but not go down well in colder months, whereas a roast dinner would go down better in a winter wedding.
Tip 9 – If you are having a wedding in the summer months why not opt for a delicious BBQ and selection of salads? This could be served as a buffet to tables. Its a great way to promote interaction and is often a cheaper alternative to a more formal type of meal.
Tip 10 – If you are choosing to have a formal menu and are letting the guests decide what they want prior to the wedding, ensure that there is a vegetarian option and a meat/fish option. Put them on place cards on their table settings on the day to prevent confusion if people forget what they ordered.
Saving the best till last…
Tip 11 – If you don’t know what to serve guests for a dessert why not opt for a trio of desserts, that way there will hopefully be something on the plate that your guest enjoys. Try not to go for really heavy desserts though, why not try an Eaton Mess or a sorbet?
Tip 12 – If you aren’t keen on the idea of going all out for a dessert you could just serve wedding cake. Encourage guests to bring there own cakes if the venue will let you, and you could make it into a ‘Bake Off’. This would be a fun way to interact with people, plus a cheaper way to cater for a large group of guests! You could make it into a sweet/cake buffet.
Tip 13 – Have a DIY waffle/pancake bar. This way guests can make their own desserts if they want one, this will be sure to keep the kids entertained as well!
Tip 14 – A savoury cheese cake, served with biscuits, bread and port would be a good option to have for the evening guests as well as the day time guests. If you are not choosing to serve food on the night it will be something for guests to nibble on, and an alternative for those who don’t have a sweet tooth.
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