Alternative wedding food ideas

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If you’re looking for some wedding food ideas, then today’s blog straight out of our archives will be the perfect read for you! As much as there is something charming (and tasty!) about a traditional sit-down wedding breakfast, this year, more than ever before, our UK wedding planning couples are striving to break with tradition and are looking for ways to incorporate their own personality through creative catering options into their wedding day.

From street food trucks, bbq’s, sharing platters, picnics and quirky food stations (sushi or tacos, anybody?), we are seeing a huge transformation in the way food and drinks are celebrated throughout the wedding day with a bigger focus on relaxed dining – no dried up chicken and school dinner vegetables here, thanks! This week we have been chatting to a bride who is serving traditional party food, (think pork pies, sausage rolls etc) in vintage biscuit tins as an alternative to classic canapes – cute and very quirky!

So far this year we have seen everything from an oyster bar, huge pans of paella, a late-night chilli cookout and of course, a wedding cake made entirely from pork pies! The key really is to pick the food you love and don’t ever be pressured into choosing between menu A or B if working with a more traditional venue – most chefs will be happy to tailor your menu to your requirements.

On the sweet side of things, you could try a doughnut wall, a popcorn station or even have locally made ice cream served from a beautiful vintage bike.

Of course, it isn’t just the food that is undergoing a transformation – presenting unusual drinks options is also key. From a beer wheelbarrow, tin baths and rustic/vintage drinks stations, there is an option to suit everybody.

With the resurgence of gin, lots of couples are opting for setting up their own mini gin palace (hoorah!) and if you want to compliment that with something more ballsy, our gent’s trolley is perfect to use for whisky and cigars.

The key really is to think about the food you love eating and find simple ways to weave that into your wedding day. Not only will you and your guests be thankful for something different – you’re likely to save a fortune too!

If you’d like to chat through the catering ideas for your wedding in London or the East of England (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge or Essex), why not get in touch with our Norwich wedding planners to book in your free, no-obligation wedding consultation?

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