Arguably one of the most important aspects of your wedding will be your food.
Not only does the wedding breakfast play a huge part in your day, as traditionally it’s the first meal you will eat together as a married couple, but the food served throughout your event will actually help with the shape and style of your day.
The first element you will want to consider is canapes with your welcome drinks. The main purpose is to provide your guests with something small to keep them content while the couple are off having photos taken. The secret is to get the balance right. Although you want to keep them happy, you don’t want them to overindulge and not appreciate the main meal. You’ll also want to make sure canapes are finger sized and easy to eat with very little mess.
Often our couples choose to hold their welcome drinks and canapes on the patio outside of Mapperton’s orangery so guests can enjoy the gardens. Our caterers will keep the fizz flowing and will serve beautifully presented hot and cold canapes using fresh ingredients.
Of course, the main focus will be on the main event; the wedding breakfast. Traditionally this is a 3 course sit down meal. However, more recently couples have opted for BBQs, tapas, sharing boards and buffets. The wedding breakfast is one of the biggest aspects of your celebration with family and friends sitting together to enjoy good food and drink. It gives everyone the chance to catch up, toast the couple, and refuel for the party to follow.
Our caterers, Oxbridge Farm and Hungry Mule will guide you through the process. First, they’ll help you decide the style of food you would like. Joanna at Oxbridge Farm can provide a full range of international cuisine from paella to curries and tagines, and Sam at Hungry Mule draws on his world travels to offer innovative and original menus. You’ll be invited to a tasting where you can finalise the menu, and then they’ll create a running order of your day so it flows perfectly.
Lastly, you’ll be considering whether or not to have evening food. Often, a much lighter or more informal style. Latest trends have seen street food or pizza vans.
Whatever your food options, there are many things to consider and options can be tailored to suit your wedding and budget. Here’s some expert tips to help you plan your wedding feast.
- Eat seasonal
Research your menu and find out what’s in season the month you’re marrying. Not only will guests naturally be in the mood for seasonal dishes, but the ingredients actually taste better as well as being freshly sourced. This is especially important if you’re planning an eco-friendly wedding.
- Dietary requirements
Make sure you get everyone’s dietary needs noted in plenty of time so that you can consult with your caterer and make sure they’re provided for. From gluten intolerances to strict vegan diets, caterers will be able to deal with any requirements as long as they have some warning.
It’s also a good idea to let people know the meat option if you’re having one as certain options can receive a mixed reception from guests but if you’ve let them know in advance, they can always request the vegetarian or vegan option instead.
Of course, if you’re after a totally vegan or meat-free wedding, your caterers will be able to provide you with lots of ideas and options, including vegan friendly alcohol!
- Make sure you taste test your options. Our caterers here at Mapperton are only too happy to invite you to a taster of their food as they know just how important it is for your wedding. By tasting your food ahead of the day, you can try out a few variations. As one of the most important meals you’ll eat, you’ll want to make sure there’s no surprises on the day.