Your wedding breakfast

Written by Becks


No doubt you will be talking with your venue about food and catering right from your initial meeting; discovering what they can offer and their recommended caterers. Food and drink are an important part of your day, with your wedding breakfast being the second main event your guests eagerly await…

Things to double check with your venue / caterers to confirm if they provide and or permit:

  • ‘outside’ caterers (some venues do allow, some don’t, others may add a small surcharge)
  • list of recommended suppliers (caterers, food stalls, marquee, equipment hire…)
  • can they cater for different dietary requirements
  • kitchen / cooking facilities available
  • bring your own drinks
  • corkage fee
  • bar
  • tables / chairs / table cloth hire (remember to include a table for your wedding cake and guest book)
  • high chairs
  • crockery, glass ware and cutlery
  • serviettes

Great memories are made from the tangible things you experience, so tasty morsels tick all the boxes when it comes to filling your senses:

  • a colourful spread – incorporate a selection of colourful seasonal produce in your menu and garnish dishes with fresh herbs, fresh salad leaves, coulis and dressings to add an extra splash of colour
  • scents & fragrances – delicious scents drifting through as each plate is served
  • textures – transform the experience of each dish by using contrasts; crisp vegetables, creamy rich sauces, tender steaks, light soft mousse, crunchy crumble toppings, silky smooth chocolate sauces…
  • taste sensations – seasonal combinations will give your dishes a great flavour unique for your occasion; incorporate locally grown produce, wild garlic and fresh herbs into spices, dressings and flavoured butters to add hints of sweet, sour or citrus notes
  • as well as the happy sound of guests enjoying your handpicked menu…

Style of your wedding breakfast

Choose a style that is personal to you and works beautifully with your season (using seasonal produce helps you to work within your budget as well as capture the tastes of the season)

FORMAL – 3 course meal (or more) / roast / hog roast / banquet / cream teas / afternoon tea / your favourite dinner / buffet / platters…

INFORMAL – market-style eateries / chip van / wood-fired pizza / picnic / BBQ / ice-cream van / buffet…

…in general you will find that your caterers and venues are more than happy to work with you to create a personal wedding breakfast menu fit for the occasion.


Top Tip: If there will be a long gap between your ceremony and the wedding breakfast keep your guests happy with some seasonal canapés or alternatively hold the cutting of your wedding cake during this time and serve up delicious slices (though try to avoid having these served during key group photography moments!).


Don’t leave your guests guessing

  • Remember to let guests know which dishes (savoury and sweet) are veggie friendly, gluten free, contain nuts or shell fish …it’s all in the detail
  • If opting for a set menu – send these out with your invitations to confirm each guest’s selection with the return of their R.S.V.P.
  • Add menus to each table to tantalise your guests tastebuds with your handpicked wedding breakfast options as they wait to be served or for their turn at the buffet table (…menu’s also end up being a lovely keepsake from your day)
  • If you are having a buffet or picnic spread let your guests know what each dish is with paper food flags – a great way to carry across your colour scheme and theme, beautifully co-ordinated with your stationery
  • Personalise your menu – be creative with the naming of your dishes or add details between each course to share with your guests a little bit more about your personal love story; anecdotes, first date…

Achieve the best of both worlds! If you are creating a handmade wedding drop me an email for a chat as I can provide you with professional print ready digital files for your menu design and food flags etc, to beautifully complement your theme, ready for you to print and make! [email protected]

contemporary personalised menu design

Further personal touches you can creatively tweak to complement your theme and add a seasonal flavour:

  • Welcome drinks – on arrival at reception; fruit cocktails & mocktails / something sparkling…
  • Water jugs on the tables – add a splash of your colour theme with fresh fruit…
  • Toast drinks – bubbly / sparkling elderflower champagne…
  • Edible favours – that captures your theme, location or colour scheme – something made locally will add a real unique and personal touch; chocolates / mini drinks / shaped biscuits / cupcakes / sweets…
  • Tea & Coffee – a selection of favourites served with biscuits, wedding cake or favours…
  • Themed fun surprise – ice cream van or bicycle / candy floss stand / chocolate fountain…


For beautiful contemporary menu design, stationery, and creative ideas tailored to your day, let’s chat: [email protected]



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