What style of food should we serve at our wedding?
What style of food should we serve at our wedding? This is a biggie, without a doubt, as it will often be one of your largest expenses, depending on the type and amount of food you want to provide for guests. One of the most important things that we always advise our couples is to choose food that YOU both enjoy. This is your day and it’s not about what will please everyone else. A menu that sticks in our minds as being really raved about was a steak and Yorkshire ale pie with mash. Guests loved it and you can’t beat a classic!
What are the options?
It’s still so often the case that a served, two or three course meal is one of the most popular options we get asked for. For a special occasion like your wedding day it’s a real celebratory meal and sets the tone for a more formal wedding breakfast.
We’re also seeing a rise in the number of couples preferring to take a more informal approach to their wedding day meal. Barbecues, sharing platters and buffets are a great way to keep the mood light and interactive.
In this piece our caterers take a closer look at three popular options for ‘what style of food should we serve at our wedding?’…
Traditional three course plated meal
It’s always best to keep things seasonal and a more traditional three course plated wedding breakfast is the perfect opportunity to showcase the best of the region’s fresh produce. Spring is one of our absolute favourites for great local ingredients and provides some great inspiration for dishes.
To start we would keep it light and treat your guests to a traditional fish starter. A smoked tuna niçoise served with Jersey royals, French beans, black olives and quails egg . Served with a cider infused apple relish to give the dish a zing.
For main course in spring it has to be lamb and we suggest impressing your guests with the best this ingredient has to offer. Lemon, garlic and mint lamb rump with gratin potato, cabbage and a red wine jus.
To finish, incorporate Yorkshire’s finest home-grown rhubarb. Vanilla panna cotta, roasted rhubarb and rhubarb gel, ginger tuile and crumble, rhubarb and ginger ice cream!
The pace of a served meal is controlled by the catering team so when you have a tight schedule they keep things running smoothly.
We’d prefer something more informal
Summer weddings and barbecues go hand in hand. The atmosphere is informal and guests are able to serve themselves. Who can resist the smell of a barbecue!
We’d recommend a mixture of meat and fish. Start with classics such as 8oz Yorkshire beefburger and foot long pork and apple sausage. For fish and seafood lovers, Thai marinaded tiger prawns and cod skewers are popular choices.
We accompany ours with mini jackets and buttery corn on the cob. Coleslaw, pasta salad and caramelised onions. All served with a choice of breads; brioche buns, soft sub rolls and French stick. We also have some really tasty alternatives for vegetarian & vegan guests so that they don’t feel like an after thought.
I don’t want a big meal, what about afternoon tea?
There is something so traditional yet alternative to having afternoon tea for your wedding. You might not want the fuss but still want a treat, and afternoon tea ticks all the boxes, especially when combined with plenty of Champagne to toast the day with your friends and family! We like to offer a good selection of savoury and sweet items…
A selection of Taylors of Harrogate teas and infusions
Homemade sandwiches and savouries
Smoked salmon and cucumber with dill crème fraîche
Egg and watercress
Coronation roast chicken
Cheddar and pickle
Pork pie with caramelised chutney
Savoury red pepper and asparagus frittata
Yorkshire tea loaf with Wensleydale cheese
Sultana and plain scones
A selection of cakes and pastries
Clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam
If you’re looking for a Harrogate wedding venue, find out more about us on our weddings page. Have a look at our gallery for some great photography. You can also view our 2020 wedding menus for further foodie inspiration!