If you can’t bear the thought of serving your guests a prawn cocktail starter and then meat and two veg, followed by a late buffet of sarnies and sausage rolls then take heart. With a little imagination and the right venue you could have a wedding breakfast that’s memorable for all the right reasons.
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For me the best wedding breakfasts are those that make best use of their surroundings; fancy fish and chips in a seaside town, mini Cornish pasties in Cornwall or fresh seafood by the sea. Unusual feasts are also more interesting than the run of the mill chicken in white wine sauce, whether it’s an authentic Tudor banquet, a raw vegan meal or, at the other end of the scale, a whole hog roast.
Posh picnics are a great summer idea if your venue has the grounds, though in this country it may be prudent to have a ‘plan b’ in case of rain. Think large sun umbrellas, colourful picnic blankets or bales of hay covered in soft sheepskins. A pretty array of picnic foods on tables adorned with gingham and lace tablecloths, all decorated with fresh flowers and fancy cupcakes on vintage cupcake stands would make this a picture perfect wedding breakfast.
Multi-cultural wedding feasts
For multi-cultural weddings a multi-cultural theme is not complete unless the food is authentic and you are true to your roots. An Indian wedding, even a British-Indian wedding would just not be right without some real Indian cuisine. If you’re marrying into a new culture then your wedding is the ideal event for your fiancé to show your friends and family the foods he/she grew up with and loves.
Vegetarian, vegan and organic
If you’re vegetarian, vegan, a raw or organic food devotee then plan a very special wedding breakfast along those lines. You may even get your guests trying new foods they’ve never sampled before which in itself would make your wedding memorable for them. There are plenty of lentil and bean delicacies that, teamed with the right vegetables or exotic salads, would have your carnivorous guests buying veggie cookbooks on their way home. You could impress your guests with wonderful and unusual offerings and tempt the tastebuds of those less adventurous.
Barbeque with style
A barbeque in the height of summer will always be a great hit with your guests and you can make it more interesting by providing a range of delicious salads, speciality breads and marinated fish as well as the usual barbeque fare. Fancy chutneys and home-made sauces alongside oven-baked jackets and spiced potato wedges will make it a barbeque fit for a wedding and not the usual Sunday afternoon of burnt chicken wings, bangers and buns! An attractive choice of sweet treats for dessert will finish off your wedding barbeque in style.
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Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.