Kate Winslet started it all when she had her first wedding, famously serving fish n chips instead of the more traditional marriage fare.
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Since then, anything goes, and rather than the classic three course dinner many couples are opting for more exotic or unusual offerings that suit their style and theme. And some of today’s wedding caterersare leading the way with amazing looking and tasting modern treats.
Canapes these days aren’t what they used to be. Gone are tired vol-au-vents and cheesy sticks in place of delicious nibbles like sushi, sashimi, and morsels of fresh fish, meat, and vegetables on serving spoons, giving guests a refreshing and delicate taster to prepare them for the food to come. Mini everything goes these days, from mini fishcakes with dill dip, to tiny cones of chips with posh fish fingers and even dinky sized shepherd’s pie for winter feasts, served in a tiny dish. Think about the type of celebration you are having. A chic city venue? Opt for the finest, sleek dishes from mini duck pancakes to teeny and elegant fruit skewers. Going country style? Serve hearty yet healthy portions of traditional favourites such as fish pie or beef rolls.
Sitting down to dinner doesn’t have to mean a choice between lamb and pork any more. Make an appointment with your venue or caterer to discuss your requirements and have a tasting session beforehand. Remember to consider a vegetarian option if you are choosing a meat dish and think about numbers. Using fresh ingredients in season will reduce cost and if you want a themed day, consider Thai, Indian or Morrocan food as an alternative to the traditional roast.
Finger buffets are still popular, and give the opportunity to select a wide range of different foods so that everyone has something they enjoy. Summer weddings mean you can get away with cold food, but in Winter think about some hot alternatives, like mini sausages in honey and mustard, prawn filo rolls and slices of fresh quiche served with parmesan and vegetable crisps. Bowls of pesto rice, mini potatoes, and cous cous, will fill your guests and give a selection of flavours. Hog roasts, outdoor barbeques and fancy picnics are also worth considering for an alternative meal idea but do take into account the British weather and have a plan B just in case!
Desserts can range from mini meringues served with a hot fruit sauce and ice cream, to delicious Choux buns and chocolate mousse. Serving the wedding cake as dessert saves money and you can opt for chocolate, lemon or even carrot cake in place of the traditional fruit cake. Why not have three different flavours – one for each tier, and give guests the choice? Ask your venue to serve the cake with jugs of fresh cream and fruit. Cup cakes are still very popular, with a variety of pretty cup cake wrappersto complement your theme, and Laduree style macaroons are making a comeback – their delicious colours make them a perfect choice for a wedding.
Above all, remember it ‘s your day and how you entertain your guests is down to you. Let us know what you decide and whether you are having any unusual options.
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