With Royal Wedding excitement hitting fever pitch this week, details have emerged about what the bride and groom to be of the moment will be eating on the day. Prince Harry and Meghan are rumoured to have opted to have two-bite canapés and bowl food featuring seasonal produce, which we think sounds delightful!A lot of time and consideration goes into choosing a wedding menu and it’s never a decision couples take lightly. We caught up with Sally Daly, our Wedding Coordinator, to ask her the key things every couple should consider when choosing the most important menu of their life. Read our 7 top tips for choosing the perfect wedding menu!
- What’s your style?
While some people are foodies and will want an all-singing all-dancing menu, others are less concerned about what goes on the table. Consider what your style is – do you want something formal or informal? Would you be happier with a three-course meal or a buffet-style with sharing platters? Our biggest tip to take on board whatever you choose would be to make sure there is plenty for everyone!
- Welcome guests with canapés and reception drinks
After the excitement of your ceremony, guests are going to be eager to start celebrating your special day. It’s a good idea to offer canapés alongside the reception drinks to keep your guests going until their main meal as well as negate the effects of drinking on an empty stomach, the last thing you want is drunken guests before the wedding breakfast! Canapés and reception drinks are great for getting your guests socialising and will also keep them busy while you have some photos taken. Having musicians playing while your guests enjoy the drinks reception will add to the ambience as you start your celebrations.
- Choose seasonal produce
When selecting your menu consider choosing seasonal dishes. Here at CGC we have seasonal set-menus, which not only showcase great local ingredients and are on trend, but also offer really good value for money. Check with your venue or caterer to see what seasonal options they have available. Soup as a starter may work well in the winter but not so well on a hot summer’s day, while a salad in the winter wouldn’t be as popular as a hearty, warming dish.
- Provide evening food
Not long after the speeches are over and the cake has been cut the evening food will be getting ready to make an appearance. In the summer it’s a nice idea to enjoy the last hours of the sun with a BBQ and a cocktail, while in the winter a hog roast bap topped with juicy apple sauce and stuffing, accompanied with mulled wine is a popular choice. Whatever the season, don’t forget to leave out slices of your wedding cake for your evening guests to enjoy. And after all the months of planning make sure you and your new husband or wife remember to eat, drink and be merry through all the excitement on your Big Day!
- Don’t forget the children
If you’re having children at the wedding breakfast some of the food may not be popular with younger taste buds. Make sure you have some child-friendly options for your youngest guests and don’t forget to check with their parents if they have allergies. Similarly, it’s a good idea to include a card with the RSVPs for guests to notify you of their dietary requirements. Special diets such as vegan, vegetarian and those with food intolerances are more common place than ever before. Make sure you organise suitable alternatives before-hand.
- Have some fancy cocktails
Why not treat your guests to a cocktail? One drink that certainly shows no sign of going away is the iconic gin and tonic, available in an ever-expanding list of flavours. We particularly like local favourites Sloemotion’s Hedgerow Gin perfectly served with tonic water, English apple and a sprig of thyme. If you want to keep the sparkles out, then why not have a ‘Sloe Royale’ again using Sloemotion’s Sloe Gin, mixed with Sparkling wine or Champagne.
This will be one of the best days of your life, take the opportunity to treat yourselves and your guests by letting the experience of our chefs cook an amazing meal for you. We have a great range of luxurious options on our menus such as; Roast venison loin, baby beets, kale, dauphinoise potato and blackberry jus or Roast Guinea fowl breast, Ballantine of leg, baby vegetables. Food fit for the Queen I think you’ll agree!
To look at hiring us for your wedding please visit our occasions page . We’d like to wish His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle many happy returns for their wedding day!