Wedding Menus - Food that will get your guests talking

From Street Stalls to Seasonal Style, we help you bring your wedding breakfast to life

In the days of Bake Off and celebrity chefs, we’ve turned into a nation of foodies. Gone are the uninspired three-course wedding breakfasts with lukewarm soup and the dry chicken breasts. It’s time to make your wedding menu as passionate as your marriage, and here’s how…

Create a Festival Vibe

Everyone loves a good party, so invite your guests to a celebration they won’t forget. ”Our Street Food menus make evening parties go with a bang!” says Matthew Wilson from Galloping Gourmet. “We recreate the smells, sights and sounds of a vibrant street market. The clash of spatula on wok, and the smell of ginger, lime and chilli in the breeze will take you back to that trip to Thailand. We also cook artisan, wood fired pizzas, Lebanese barbeques cooked over charcoal fire-pits and many other kerbside dining favourites. Add to these our ice cold beer drums and vintage popcorn machines and it becomes an exclusive street festival.”

This can be a more ‘blow the budget’ option, but it’s worth it. ”Street food offers huge variety, great fun and a gives a real festival feel to your day”, says Jen Middlehurst from Kalm Kitchen.
 

Wedding menus - Food that will get your guests talking - Street Food | CHWV
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Wedding menus - Food that will get your guests talking - Beer drum | CHWV

Wedding menus - Food that will get your guests talking - Vintage popcorn maker | CHWV
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Encourage Interaction

Whatever you decide, think about wedding menu ideas that encourage your guests to interact. Food can spark conversation and create a wonderful atmosphere. “It’s that sense of sharing, socialising and eating together”, says Jen Middlehurst. Sharing platters where guests pass food around the table and offering whole joints of meat to a table are perfect examples.

Providing a dessert table is a fun idea too, allowing guests to help themselves. During summer months, an ice cream station is the perfect addition to any wedding, with choices of toppings and sauces enabling guests to create their dream dessert!
 

Wedding menus - Food that will get your guests talking - Sharing Platter | CHWV
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Wedding menus - Food that will get your guests talking - Dessert Table | CHWV
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Embrace The Season

Work with your chosen time of year, offering seasonal produce and thinking of wedding food ideas that your guests will enjoy. “Making use of venue courtyards and gardens is the way to get the most out of those long afternoons of hazy sunshine, with a White Cosmopolitan or a Limoncello Spritz in hand”, says Matthew Wilson from Galloping Gourmet. “In the winter, we favour warm cocktails with clove and black pepper to add some spice, along with good traditional hearty food. Add a touch of Christmas into the mix through your décor”.
 

Wedding menus - Food that will get your guests talking - Seasonal Food | CHWV
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Wedding menus - Food that will get your guests talking - Warm cocktails | CHWV
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Don’t Forget the Details

Speak to your chosen caterer about the style and colour scheme of your day and consider the wedding breakfast menu as part of your décor. Linens, china and glassware can all be used to present food beautifully. “Many caterers won’t include linens and other hire charges to their menu prices”, says Matthew Wilson. “Check to make sure you know all these costs before you book”.
 

Wedding menus - Food that will get your guests talking - Food presentation | CHWV
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Set Up Stations

Food stations can be a less expensive option than street stalls, while also encouraging interaction and looking fabulous. “Consider a live station for evening food or a 360 degree grazing station for the canapé reception”, says Jen Middlehurst. “If you’re having a marquee wedding, a grazing station for the canapé reception followed by seated two course meal and then a patisserie bar dessert would work wonderfully!”
 

Wedding menus - Food that will get your guests talking - Food Station | CHWV
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Wedding menus - Food that will get your guests talking - Evening Live Stations | CHWV
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Top Tips for success:

  • Stick to your budget
  • Reflect your own personality through your food
  • Choose a wedding menu that fits in with the season and venue
  • Have a menu tasting before the big day
  • Give guests choice and options – and plenty of interesting non-alcoholic drinks!
  • Make sure the service is impeccable – there’s no point having excellent food if it isn’t served well.

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