Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 93)

CATERING 45 FIRST BITE Wedding catering ideas to suit your vibe So much of the atmosphere you create for your big day comes from the catering. If you dream of a traditional, elegant and grand affair, then a seated wedding breakfast with three courses (or more) will send you well on your way to setting the right tone. On the other hand, if a relaxed and informal celebration is on the cards, you’ll be looking for something that’s much more flexible and free-flowing. But when all’s said and done, as long as you ensure loved ones have plenty to indulge in they’ll be well-fuelled with a spring in their step by the time they’re ready to hit the dancefloor. Whatever you vision, we have some food for thought... Love at For the traditionalists “Ensure you have a table plan and table layout with assigned seating that's been shared with your caterers. Often it'll be a few months since guests have submitted their food orders, so we suggest writing their food choices on their place cards to remind them of what they chose. Also having menus printed for the tables is a nice touch!” – Naomi, Mesa Catering “Remember your caterers are there only for you on your wedding day – talk to us about the planning of the day including speeches, cake cutting and so on, as this can impact the timings of the meal service.” – Henny, Paxton & Brown Caterers Mesa Catering © Naomi Coombes A LA CARTE Not sure how to put a three-course menu together? Naomi Coombes at Mesa Catering in Bristol has some food for thought. We’d suggest a light starter, perhaps served on a sharing board so guests can take as little or as much as they like at this stage. Then, to keep things simple, having just two to three options for main course is best. A couple of meat/fish options and a vegetarian/vegan choice. Finally, having two choices for dessert should be ample. Usually, having something chocolatey along with a lighter, more fruity option should cover all bases. ALL ABOUT YOU What if you have something super-special in mind? Henny from Bristol-based Paxton & Brown Caterers has the answers. We don’t have set or package menus, instead we work closely with our couples to understand what flavours and dishes excite them and create a menu specific to that. Our main tip is to centre the menu around you – your guests will love something a bit different and food with a personal feel. Whatever your style of wedding, don’t forget about canapés – following the wedding ceremony your guests will be peckish especially those who may have travelled a little further to get to you. We recommend choosing three or four different options for everyone to enjoy. Paxton & Brown Caterers GET CREATIVE Want the food to look as good as it tastes with no compromises? Jo Cranston from Queen & Whippet has you covered. Plated food doesn’t have to be the most traditional option. Couples planning a modern, on-trend tablescape will look for a caterer whose menu and plating match up. The best event caterers can recreate fine-dining plating from a tent in a field – ask your potential suppliers to provide photos of their presentation style. Our clients share our love of the incredible Bristol food scene and want their wedding menus to be just as creative. Our advice would be to share your favourite restaurants and dishes with the chefs in advance of your tasting to give them a good idea of the cuisine and aesthetic you’re going for. Queen & Whippet ©