Catering For A Wedding
When planning your wedding day one of the top considerations that needs to factored in early is catering. What are you going to offer on the menu?
There are so many different styles of menu available for events from regional specialities to world cuisine options. In this day and age the needs of you and your guests can be met by a professional caterer who will already be experienced in a wide variety of cuisine styles as well as dealing with dietary considerations for veggies, vegans and those with medically imposed food restrictions.
The outdoor wedding season in this country is relatively short so booking your first choice of caterers can be hit or miss if left to the last minute. A wedding marquee with heating, lighting and solid flooring extends the outdoor season well in to the shorter days and darker nights, however your catering should still be booked well in advance.
WHAT ABOUT LOCATION & SET UP?
If you are planning on having a Wedding Marquee, you also need to know if your caterers will require an additional Catering Marquee with a power supply?
Caterers often require space with onsite power for the food preparation. This can be the use of ovens, urns and hot plates, plus fridges and storage for food & drink. Ask your caterers how much space they will need and what equipment is required. You can then discuss with us how much marquee space to allow and where best to set up the catering area.
WHAT ABOUT DINING STYLE?
The great thing about a marquee wedding is the flexibility you have and being able to choose exactly how your day will look and feel, so will your dining be formal or informal? Do you go for round tables or banqueting style? Poseur tables or soft seating options such as sofas or cube seats?
FORMAL WEDDING CATERING
Formal ‘Sit down’ meals with table service can feel like a real treat. They bring order and give your guests time to relax and enjoy their meal whilst enjoying a good chat, reminisce or catch up. To some this may sound a little dated however there a few options that can give you a different feel within a formal organised structure, like sharing platters or speciality taster menus to give a modern twist.
INFORMAL WEDDING CATERING
If a "Sit Down" meal and the thought of anxious parents shouting at kids running around the tables or the politics of a tricky seating plan has you filled with dread or maybe it just isn't the vision for your big day, then a more informal style of food service is for you.
Informal wedding catering means you can be flexible with your choices as it covers a variety of options such as buffets, bbqs, hog roasts etc, possibly even a mix of 2 or more styles. These can be served as a buffet with seated dining or possibly a more relaxed seating arrangement such as rattan sofas or rustic benches and long feasting tables is your thing.
Another option to consider is outside catering straight from a stand or van like a hog roast, Mexican chillis and burritos, wood fired pizzas, fish and chips or any of type of street food that takes your fancy to create a very chilled, informal wedding celebration.
How many guests are attending? Do you have many tables? You could try using two complimenting centrepiece designs to add depth to your styling – perhaps half could be florals and the other half could be more focused on candlelight using tealights for the smaller centrepieces.