Five tips for choosing your wedding breakfast menu

26 August 2016

When you are planning a wedding, the road to the big day is littered with decisions to make. How many guests should you invite? What colour dresses should the bridesmaids have? What music will you play during the ceremony? And just another to add to the long list of things to think about is what will you choose for your wedding breakfast?   Now, giving advice on this is subject is tricky because everyone has different tastes and needs, but there are a few key things to think about when you are planning your wedding meal. Most brides and grooms opt for a two or three course wedding breakfast for typically between 60 – 100 guests. Their main concerns are; providing something that everyone will like, choosing something that both looks and taste beautiful and ensuring it can be served and eaten within their timeframes (plus budget comes into the mix).   Owen Mathias Photography  

So here are a few tips from us to help you on your way:

 
  1. If there is one thing you take away from this article let it be this. Firstly, think about what you both like. It’s your wedding day after all, and you may well be paying for it. The most important thing is that you enjoy it, because you won’t really remember what everyone else thinks. This is a good starting place, do you like traditional English food, do you prefer Mediterranean style food, do you want comfort food classics like pie and mash even? At Berry Blue we cater for any style of wedding food.
  2. Think about the season. Brides and grooms tend to plan their weddings 12-18 months in advance, but whilst you may fancy strawberries and cream and salads whilst planning your wedding in July, you won’t want to be eating them if your wedding is actually booked in December. As caterers, we can guide you towards seasonal choices, that use produce that will be in season at the time of your wedding.
  3. Think about the flow of the meal. Try to avoid things like beef for starter and beef again for main course, or a heavy starter and rich and heavy main course. You want to ensure people are full, but not stuffed after the meal and that they’ve enjoyed a mix of flavours and ingredients.
  4. Popular choices. Now whilst we said you should ultimately choose what you like, there are some things to consider. There are some dishes that are considered ‘safer’ options when feeding large numbers of people. For main courses chicken and beef tend to be the top choices, as most people like them – pork and lamb being a good second choice. Desserts are pretty easy as most people like chocolate or fruity desserts, and for starters you can think about light salads, pates and terrines or soups for ‘safe options’. If you go for prawns followed by pigeon, you may get a few people pushing food around their plate and asking for sandwiches later on.
  5. Giving people the choice. The easiest way to feed a large number of people is to simply only give one choice (plus vegetarian and dietary requirement alternatives). However, a lot of people like to offer their guests the choice; often a choice of two starters, three mains and two desserts, to ensure people have what they like. The only thing to consider with this is that it creates more work for you. You’ll need to include tick-box menu choice forms on your wedding invites, collect the information and supply a detailed table plan to ensure the catering team serve the right food to the right people.
  6. Have some fun with it. Top selling choices are often roast beef, or chicken there’s no doubt about it. However, look a wedding blogs, Pinterest and other social media sites to get ideas. Sharing meals are becoming very popular, and we’ve even created picnic lunches in real picnic hampers, tapas meals, carve at the table roast dinners and afternoon tea wedding breakfasts. The possibilities are endless. The catering is just another way for you to show your personality at your wedding, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
   

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