There are so many questions around choosing your catering. This month’s guest blog is from David, Head Chef and founder of Taste, and he gives you some great advice.
Rest assured, what you feed your guests will be noted and noticed. It’s important to get the right food for your day and not to run over budget.
We have catered for over 400 weddings in the past 3 years and would love to share some of our experience in choosing the right menu for you special day.
Catering on the day
A caterer can only advise on how you want the food at your wedding day so it’s important to get an idea of what you what. Here are a few questions that you will need to consider:-
- Do you choose canapes to have with you reception drinks, if so what canapes will suit the drink
- Do I go for a traditional 3 course wedding breakfast, if so shall I give my guests choices?
- Do I go quirky like pie and mash, trio of beef burgers or whole fillets of beef carved on the table?
- Do my guests really need tea and coffee after the meal?
- Will we have evening food if so do we order extra if we invite more guests.
1: When choosing canapes always firstly think, have you enough time before your wedding breakfast to make it worthwhile. It is a great way of entertaining your guests while you are both whisked off by your photographer. A canape session will normally take between 1 to 2 hours. We design the canapes to compliment your reception drink choice.
2: If you decide to give your guests menu choices make sure you send the invitations out with enough time for you to send the collated information to your caterer. Most caterers require final numbers and pre order 21 days before the date. Its very rare that people will remember what they ordered expecially if done in a different season so it’s a really great idea to write what they ordered on the back of their name place to avoid disappointment or food envy.
3: It’s your day, so always choose dishes you like. At Taste we design a bespoke menu with you from the beginning. We then invite you in for a champagne tasteing to make sure it works and always have the wow factor whatever you choose.
4: Tea and coffee at the end of a meal is a great tradition but it doesn’t have to be this way. At Taste we offer an all-day tea and coffee station, this can be enjoyed not just at the end of the meal but with you reception drinks for those gasping for an afternoon tea through to the late evening when ground coffee just hits the spot.
5: Evening food should always be worked out from your day time plan. If you are getting married at 2pm in church this will take you untill 3pm, Photos outside the church and getting to your reception could take you till 3.30/4pm. Then 1 to 2 hours for your canapes and reception drinks with photos. This takes you to 5.30/6pm. A three course wedding breakfast takes 2 hours from start to finish taking you to 7.30/8pm. Then speeches may be 30min to an 1 hour this will take you to 8 or 9pm. The party in most places finishes at 12pm so its up to you, do you want more food at 10pm?
Are you inviting evening guests? If so they will be expecting something but please don’t assume that the day guests will not want any either. This is not the case. All day drinking has the side effect of hunger!
If you do decide on evening food please make sure there is enough as this can be embarrassing not just for you. Your guests will assume we have not provided enough.
Top tips for catering at your wedding venue
1: Sample the wedding menu. Go for a tasting session before your big day. Arrange this with your venue’s wedding co-ordinator and ask if the same chef will prepare the food for your wedding.
2: Think about reducing costs by buying your own wedding wine – but remember some venues charge a high price for corkage.
3: Ask for an idea of timings for the wedding meal. Feeding 80 guests a five course meal might take longer than you think – and you’ll need to have an idea how long you’ll have for the photos before the meal, the speeches and to prepare for the evening entertainment.
The next big thing
Mixing food and art
Food Installations are the next big thing and while you may not have spotted it just yet, mixing food and art is going to be huge in weddings to come. A cookie wall to pick a cookie from or maybe hanging jars containing salad that you can pluck off and just eat!
Food for thought?? David, Nicola and their team have many many years of experience in bespoke catering and will be more than happy to give you a consultation for the catering on your wedding day. Have a look at their fabulous website for inspiration at www.tastemenu.co.uk or simply get in touch with them directly here. You won’t be disappointed.
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