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It’s better to entertain fewer guests well than throw an enormous wedding reception and find your budget won’t stretch. Remember it has cost your guests time, effort and no small amount of cash to help you celebrate your big day.
Choosing your wedding menu is important, whether you’re planning a buffet or a sit-down meal. Try to reflect the style of your wedding in your choice of food – formal weddings, for example, might start with canapés to nibble as your guests arrive then continue with starters of smoked salmon or roasted vegetable tart followed by roast duck or lamb or poached salmon and finish with raspberry mousse or ice cream and brandy snaps.
More informal gatherings might have a carvery or a good fun main course like sausage and mash, or cross your fingers, pray for a good day and plan a barbecue!
Don’t forget to include some vegetarian options and make sure you know well in advance if any of your guests have food intolerances which have to be catered for.
Most venues will have plenty of suggestions for you to choose from or, if you’re having caterers, you can ask them to create a unique menu, perhaps all based on a specific theme. Do try to sample the food before you make a final decision. Everything looks delicious when it’s described on a menu, but you want to make sure it tastes just as good when it’s on your plate.
Drinks for your guests take up a large part of your budget. It’s reasonable to assume each guest will drink one or two glasses on arrival at the reception, three or four glasses with the meal and another one for the toasts.
For reference, you will get between 10 and 12 glasses of sherry from each bottle and from six to eight glasses of wine or champagne.
Though Champagne is the traditional wedding drink, you could offer Pimms or Bucks Fizz on arrival and wine with the meal, saving the Champagne – or equally good sparkling wine – for the toasts.
Do remember to provide plenty of soft drinks for children and adults who prefer them or who may be driving. Allow between half and one litre per person.
Hire a vintage tandem ice cream trike, complete with luscious ice cream handmade in Cornwall and manned in style by Mr Benny in his braces and flat cap. It’s a great talking point for your reception guests and a fabulous treat for a summer wedding reception.
Catering, party planning and event management across South Devon from outside caterers specialising in weddings and all sorts of celebrations. All dishes are hand prepared from local fresh ingredients, cooked by Claire and her team of cooks, in their kitchen between Salcombe and Kingsbridge. Their passion is to create delicious menus to delight the eye as well as the taste buds.
Claire’s Kitchen can produce food from small dinners up to 400+ guests and personal contact offers the opportunity for Claire’s Kitchen to establish your expectations and offer their wide expertise in making your celebration a perfect occasion.
Brand new this year, Claire’s Kitchen has a specially designed spit roast and barbecue trailer, enticingly named ‘the Barbecue Beast’.
Partners Lucy and Mike at The Good Food Catering Company are passionate in what they do and have enjoyed a leading reputation as wedding caterers for 14 years. They love to share wealth of experience to create delicious, imaginative food that you and your guests will love to eat and never forget.
Situated in the heart of Devon, Scoff Catering is dedicated to bring you fresh, local produce and a quality service at affordable prices. They pride themselves on not only providing fantastic food, but also on their professional and personal service. They cater for both intimate and grand events and they will work with you to produce amazing wedding catering that matches your vision and budget.
Fancy something different? They’ll follow your theme from mediaeval banquet to murder mystery and everything in between.