With so many weird and wonderful venues, unique styles and personal themes there’s no need to stick to the traditional three courses and evening buffet if that’s not your thing.
Tailoring the food to your own taste and style can make a real impact, wowing your guests and ensuring everything is exactly as you’d like it.
Whether you’re going casual with a laid back festival vibe in a field, creating an intimate occasion for your nearest and dearest or throwing the wedding party of the century, here’s a few ideas to make sure the food is as personal as everything else.
Street food inspired stalls
Street food is still a huge trend and rightly so with such delicious food and so much choice! Keep things informal with your favourite foods served in bento boxes, bowls or bamboo plates that allows your guests to grab and go.
Table buffets and sharing boards
Sharing boards are the perfect way to let guests help themselves to an array of tasty treats. Served in table centres ensures that the food is passed and shared – they’re a great icebreaker! Coordinate the boards to your theme, choose them around your favourite cuisine or choose a selection of crowd pleasers to create a quirky feed that your guests will adore!
Family style feasting
Choosing a meal that can be shared around the table creates a lovely informal atmosphere that is guaranteed to get your guests talking. We love a carvery style where a guest on each table is chosen to carve and serve the meat (chef hats and aprons optional!) or why not try an americana inspired feast, moroccan banquet or south-east asian theme that let’s the food take centre stage.
Canapes and cocktails
Canapés aren’t just a warm up – more and more couples are choosing substantial canapes to keep the guests fuelled and dancing all night long. These can be served at regular intervals throughout the day and into the evening.
Adding a dessert station to your meal or as an evening buffet is bang on trend. Doughnuts are huge right now (GBBO even did them on batter week), and cheese is always a classic. How about a bake off style stall where you invite guests to bake and bring puddings as a gift? Or how about a DIY ice cream sundae stall with choice of toppings including american waffles, sprinkles and your favourite sweets.
Everyone loves an afternoon tea and they can add a lovely sense of formality without breaking the bank. Vintage china is of course, the classic, but contemporary cake stands, wooden chopping boards and rustic baskets work equally as well. Go modern with contemporary twists on classic sarnies and cakes served with on neon perspex.
A tasting menu is the ultimate treat and can be fully customised to include your favourite flavours and tastes. Perfect for smaller weddings, it adds a real sense of decadence and occasion and you can customise your own menu to make sure it includes all your own favourites.
Bring a dish
Feeding a crowd can get pricey so for a full DIY experience you might try asking guests to bring a dish. This does taking some organising but if you’ve got friends who are handy and willing, then it could be a great way to keep costs down while creating something truly unique. Top tip: think about presentation, service and refrigeration – and do put someone in charge!
Hog roasts have been a regular on the wedding scene for a few years now but BBQs are hot on their heels (trotters?). A fabulous BBQ manned by the chef can be a great way to keep your big day informal and relaxed while keeping the costs down.