Food is such a huge part of any wedding day with guests often expecting anything from canapes after the ceremony to a full wedding breakfast and evening snacks. Not everyone wants the traditional sit-down meal, but most couples will still be looking to provide delicious food which reflects the tone of the day.

Are you thinking about using an external wedding caterer for your wedding food? Here are three reasons why that’s a great choice!

They Offer More Flexibility

If using an in-house team, you’ll usually be bound by the choices of food on offer. External wedding caterers have more flexibility when it comes to the creative side of wedding food, creating a bespoke menu based around concepts you love. They can even offer twists on traditional dishes. For example, if you love lamb, but want something a bit different, why not choose an Asado style menu which uses fire and wood to slowly cook meat in the open air. This not only helps to create some of most succulent textures possible but a crisp, smoky exterior and fresh, delicious flavours that will leave your guests wowed. Making small changes to traditional options can really personalise your day.

They Cook Specialist Cuisines

While many caterers offer general menus, some wedding caterers are specialists in specific cuisines. This could be caterers who offer outside food stations, those who can introduce international flavours into your dishes or caterers who will create a seasonal menu using locally sourced ingredients. When choosing a wedding caterer, look for a team who can match the theme of your day – if you’re having a nautical colour scheme, for example, they could suggest a variety of seafood options. If you’re looking for a relaxed, party vibe, an informal hog roast or outside cooking station can really create a buzz.

They Can Set Up Anywhere

Another great reason for choosing an external wedding caterer is that they have more flexibility when it comes to the setup on the day, working around the requirements of any venue. Perhaps you’re planning a Summer wedding and want a BBQ style feast outside your marquee. Or maybe you’ve found the perfect venue, but it doesn’t provide any onsite caterers. It’s also popular to host the evening reception in a private residence if you have a house or garden large enough, so an external caterer can help you create a special evening with delicious options for all to enjoy. This could include authentic Neapolitan style wood fired pizzas baked fresh on the stone or a gourmet burger bar.

Got some ideas?

Here at With Fire, we love working with couples who are planning their big day, delivering inspirational menus that will delight guests and have them talking about your delicious food for months to come. We specialise in the art of cooking using smoke and fire, creating wood fired dishes that are truly out of this world. To speak to one of our team about your food ideas for Surrey, Hampshire and South London weddings, call 07825 533440 now.