With modern-day weddings becoming more about a couple’s lives and loves, the traditional sit-down wedding breakfast is commonly being shunned. Instead, couples are seeking more informal food options to satisfy their wants – as well as their guests’ taste buds.
From the afternoon tea to the ultra-modern brinner (when breakfast items are eaten for dinner) – we take a look at some of the most delicious foods you could serve up as an alternative to the usual sit-down affair…
1. A simply scrumptious afternoon tea
Jammy scones, sweet and savoury pastries and delicately filled sandwiches; an afternoon tea not only tastes good, it looks rather pretty too. Don’t be fooled by common misconceptions that an afternoon tea simply won’t fill up your guests. You’ll quite often find the opposite! Compared to three relatively small courses, that mix carbohydrates, proteins and fats, the afternoon tea is quite heavy because of its high carbohydrate content. After eating a bit of everything on offer your guests are sure to be satisfied.
2. Street food fare
Opt for a fun festival traveller vibe with a yummy street food feast. Think Asian noodles, woodfired pizzas, Thai curries and even your favourite cookie and doughnut stalls. While you’d normally only pick one type of cuisine to be served during the wedding breakfast, you could opt for more later in the day.
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3. A laid-back barbecue
Perfect for summer celebrations, the British barbecue is guaranteed to be a hit with all your guests. Think lamb skewers, burgers in baps, tasty hot dogs and corn on the cob. Do remember to provide quality food options for your vegetarian guests and consider a light, summery dessert post barbecue, for example ice cream cones.
Image © Photography by Vicki
Image © Photography by Vicki
4. Brunch for lunch
Brunch, Brinner… whatever you like to call it, it’s big in the foodie world right now. Opt for a laid-back feast featuring breakfast classics including omelettes, sausages and hash browns. Whether you choose a sit-down brunch or help yourself buffet feast is up to you!
5. A pick and mix buffet
Great for couples trying to beat the budget, the buffet is chilled out, relaxed and indulgent. As guests get to pick and mix the types of food they eat you can be sure they will enjoy their meal and will be completely satisfied. No more rumbling tummies craving more food, or guests leaving courses they haven’t enjoyed – just a fun-filled feast that encourages sharing and socialising among your friends and family.
6. A festival-feel hog roast
Similar to the barbecue, the hog roast is another British classic, but unlike the barbecue it fits better with every season. Guests would enjoy a warming hog and apple bap on a November night, as well as a festival-feel hog roast with salad, served on sun soaked day. As with a barbecue, do remember to serve up lots of vegetarian options. Potato salads, pasta salads and roasted vegetables will all go down a treat. For pudding opt for something light and fun, like a chocolate brownie or cheesecake.
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7. A charming garden picnic
Great for outdoor weddings, garden celebrations, or intimate affairs; a picnic is essentially a cold buffet featuring all the picnic classics. Sandwiches, strawberries and cream, sweet and savoury pastries and your favourite cupcakes – there’s lots to love about picnic food. Serve with Pimms and a personalised wedding cordial for the ultimate finishing touch.
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8. Delicious dessert food stations
Whether you’re looking for an alternative to your sweet course, or you’re thinking of different options for your evening food, the dessert bar may be just what you’re looking for. It’s also a great option for couples getting married later in the day who are looking for fun and inexpensive food for their guests. Think cheesecakes, brownies, cupcakes, macarons, cookies and doughnuts – whatever whets your appetite. The desserts could either be served on one huge table of sugary delights, or you could opt for stations spread throughout around the venue. You may like to ask family and friends to contribute some baked goods, or you could ask your favourite patisserie to get involved and bake up some treats for the day.