Wedding catering might not be the first thing you consider when you start planning your big day, but it’s actually one of the most important elements. After all, as I said in my previous post, your guests probably won’t remember the colour of the napkins, but they’ll definitely remember a delicious meal! There’s a lot to think about when choosing your menu, but it isn’t just about picking your favourite foods. You’ll also need to think about how the meal is going to be served, and choose the right wedding catering style to suit your needs. These days, there are so many menu and serving styles available, from formal sit-down meals to luxe grazing tables, cocktail parties – even food trucks! Each wedding catering style has its own benefits and drawbacks, so how do you go about making a decision?

Here are some of the factors to consider:

  • Budget
  • Your choice of venue
  • Your guests’ needs
  • The formality and style of your wedding

For example, a curated grazing table is a wonderful idea if you want to create a relaxed, sociable atmosphere for your guests and allow them to mix and mingle as they load their plates high with fresh produce and tasty treats. It’s ideal for a boho luxe wedding, or one that evokes long Mediterranean summer days and Italian-style eating. It also allows guests to sample a variety of foods, and choose what they eat, which is great for vegetarians and those with special dietary needs.

I was delighted recently to provide wedding catering in Surrey for my childhood friend Isobel and her lovely new husband Dan. They were married in front of the congregation at their church in Woldingham. Although the couple had a small wedding party with just their nearest and dearest as guests, they were joined by the whole church congregation immediately after the service. Izzy was conscious that they needed a sociable dining option that was going to offer something for everyone. A feasting table was the perfect solution!

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Izzy also found it hard to choose between afternoon tea and a grazing table menu. We decided to incorporate elements of both into her wedding catering, so alongside our usual grazing fare of charcuterie, antipasti, speciality cheeses, relishes and pickles, we added scones with clotted cream and jam, and finger sandwiches. For those with a sweet tooth, we had macarons, chocolate brownies, and iced cinnamon doughnuts, as well as a gorgeous traditional wedding cake I made with yummy vanilla buttercream. Tea was served in beautiful vintage tea sets, so the guests really had the best of both worlds!

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Here’s a lovely message I received from Izzy’s mum after the wedding:

“Dani, I just wanted to thank you for making the wedding such a success. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food and it really exceeded our expectations. It was set out so beautifully and everything was absolutely delicious.”

I’m always happy to advise on wedding catering style, as well as helping my clients create a bespoke menu for their wedding feast! Do get in touch if you have any questions!

Catering: The Curated Kitchen | Photography: The Brand Studio (image 1), The Curated Kitchen (images 2-4), Darren Salanson (images 5-7)

Dani x

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