One of the most important elements to any wedding, celebration or party must be the food that you offer your guests.
So, put aside for a moment the wow factor floral arrangements, amazing floor filling DJ, those little extra touches you have planned and think about what you are going to treat your guests to eat. Ask yourself, have you ever returned from an event and not in some way commented about the food? You want your special occasion to be remembered for all the right reasons.
There are a few aspects to think about to help you decide on what you want to offer. Predominately this will be dictated by the time of day that your guests will be eating. If you are planning a wedding, then this will be influenced by the time that the ceremony will take place. You can safely assume that most wedding guests will have hopefully had the good sense to have a hearty breakfast but maybe not lunch. Therefore it could be nearly 5 o’clock before they eat. A tasteful selection of hot & cold canapés are a wonderful way to start off any occasion and are perfect served with jugs of ice cold Pimms during the summer months or warming mulled wine on those chilly winter days.
For any celebration the food you serve will be dependent on the feel, style and guest experience you want for your party as you may wish to host a black-tie dinner followed by an evening of diva dancing or perhaps you are planning something less formal where a hog roast or BBQ would be more suitable. You want to strike the right balance.
Of course, your venue of choice will have a big impact on the catering side particularly if this is handled by their in-house team, however don’t be afraid to think outside the box and ask for something ‘off menu’ if your heart desires. Chef’s love to try something different or unusual.
It’s hugely important, especially these days, to ensure that you check with your guests if they have any special dietary requirements. Advanced warning is important. If you’re having a stunning marquee set up in the heart of the countryside and have a fabulous outside caterer bear in mind that they will need to bring everything, and I mean everything, with them so it wouldn’t be easy to suddenly have to create a dish for guests with allergies or intolerances that they have not previously been notified of.
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch for everything then why not consider having the canapés as your starter and your wedding cake as dessert?
When it comes to the evening party, it is important to provide some further food, especially if there has been a rather lot of free-flowing wines or you are having additional evening guests. You may consider something simple like a scrumptious platter of cheeses with crackers perhaps with the option of a smooth glass of port or alternatively baskets of crusty French bread with tasty pate. Bacon butties are always a huge hit towards the end of the night, your guests will truly love you forever if these are served.
But what to offer your guests to drink? Look out for my blog coming soon on this very subject.
I am Mary Briscoe, proud owner of Weddings By Mary and I love nothing more than to plan memorable weddings & celebrations for individuals who lead busy lives.
Having worked within the wedding and event planning industry for the majority of my working life, I have a real passion for planning, a flair for organisation and am acutely aware how challenging and time-consuming planning a wedding, party or event can be.
My first job as a teenager was assisting my mother with her outside catering business. This was a real baptism of fire into the world of events and I loved it! At the age of 18 I headed off to the bright lights of London to start a career in public relations and marketing which gave me the foundations to organising events. When our daughter arrived, my focus changed for a time but it wasn’t long before I was working full time again and spent over 10 years as the Venue Manager at one of Essex’s premier wedding venues, which not only enabled me to build up a wealth of contacts and ideas but more importantly provided me with the ability to deal with the many and varied challenges a wedding or celebration can bring in a calm and professional manner.
I have also had the privilege of being a Sessional Registrar, creating the historical and legal record of a marriage, which provided me with a greater understanding and insight into the legal requirements and procedures of a civil wedding ceremony.
Most of my childhood was spent in various dance classes so you may find me having a little boogie during your celebration. I love a good book especially John Grisham or Dan Brown although I am partial to a soppy romantic novel too. I am very sentimental and cry at most things, so if your speeches get emotional you may find me in tears!!
My support team consist of our wonderful daughter, amazing funny husband, to whom I have been married to for over 20 years, and our lovable hairy hound Benson, who all try to keep me sane!
With my experience, organisational skills and attention to detail let me create your perfect celebration.