When choosing your wedding catering and food menus, a really special idea is to think about where you’re getting married and which options will bring everything together, whatever the style or location of your venue. Here are a few things to consider.
Your Wedding Venue Style
Think about the reasons you’ve chosen your wedding venue and the feel you’re trying to create. Perhaps you’ve selected a grand period property because you want a large, traditional wedding. You could work with your caterer to design a menu to help reflect this, including a champagne and canape reception, a multi-course sit-down wedding breakfast and evening snacks. However, many couples are also veering away from this style, booking a more informal setting, such as a beautiful country style barn to create a relaxed, fun atmosphere. For this venue style, outdoor cooking or shared platters can really help guests to mingle, unwind and create the atmosphere you want on your special day.
Food to Enhance Your Setting
Some couples love their wedding food menus to perfecting align with their setting, complementing the surroundings of the day. For example, for those organising a nautical themed wedding with a coastal view, you may like to think about some seafood menu choices such as surf and turf canapes, paprika and garlic prawns or slow-cooked salmon, as just a few ideas to enhance that ‘by the sea’ feel. You could even think about local delicacies where your venue is based and what the region is famous for, incorporating these ideas into your menu. If you’ve opted for a stunning vineyard, for example, you could choose wines from the venue itself which go perfectly with your food selections.
Take Advantage of the Space You Have
Planning your wedding around your venue isn’t just about how it looks, the type of setting and the tone of the day. Ensuring the day flows well means considering practical aspects, using the space effectively and taking advantage of beautiful spots in your venue, especially if you have exclusive use of the whole place. Great ideas include themed grazing stations placed around the venue for guests to visit or to use large outdoor spaces where chefs can cook food in front of your loved ones. It’s important to consider the guest experience and how they’ll be served (or serve themselves) at each point of the day for ease in each space if your day is spread across several areas of the venue. Speak to an experienced caterer about what they think will work best, and they can even liaise with your venue coordinator for you.
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