Creating an exciting wedding breakfast experience

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Food glorious food


If you’re anything like me, then the food aspect & wedding breakfast side of your day will be one of the things you’re most looking forward to! I’m not even ashamed to say I’m a total foody. So I’ve got lots of ideas to throw your way, to help you create an exciting wedding breakfast experience.


Before we get into that, I thought I’d do some research on just why the wedding breakfast part of your wedding day is known as that – breakfast.


A brief history lesson


According to Devon Catering (who have obviously done research before I did!):

Wedding Breakfasts have been part of the traditional wedding day for a very long time. A meal that is shared with all the friends and family that have come together to share your special day.  Depending on your wedding venue and wedding caterer the wedding breakfast can be a selection of your favourite foods or the food can be matched to your theme in interesting and unique ways.

The meal that follows your wedding ceremony is known as the wedding breakfast. The name comes from the past when traditionally the wedding ceremony was held after mass, the whole wedding party would fast before mass and so for the bride and groom this was their first meal. Today the name is kept as a reminder that this is the first meal for the newly married bride and groom, the first meal after the ceremony, as a newly married couple. Therefore, the name breakfast is kept.


Now onto the main course…

How neat is that? A bit of history & tradition, even at the most alternative of weddings. So, what ideas do I have?


If you’re looking for a relaxed, communal approach then I thorough recommend sharing platters at long tables. This set up of tables is known as Banquet style, generally with a top table of 6-8 people (including the happy couple) then “sprigs” or lines of tables coming off in rows. It’s a wonderfully informal, fun set up, & creates a relaxed atmosphere with guests talking to everyone around them. Pair this set up with the sharing platters & you have a winning combination.


Another relaxed meal idea would be a hog roast or BBQ, served up while people are sat outside on hay bales or benches. Throw in a fire pit or 2 and some blankets, & you have the perfect evening meal as the sun sets. Beautiful.


Perhaps a sweet treat is your favourite?


How about an afternoon tea, a la Mad Hatters Tea Party, set up outdoors – preferably in the woods. Mismatched chairs & crockery, cake stands full of sweet & savoury bites, funky teapots cute additions like frothy floral displays & antique gold candle sticks.


If your wedding has a festival & boho vibe to it, then it HAS to be food vans & street food. There’s a huge choice to be had now – from tacos to pizzas, waffles to afternoon tea, fish & chips to paella… there are even mobile bars based out of tuktuks & horseboxes! Whatever food floats your boat, you can be sure to find a food van that fits.


Perhaps you have a sweet tooth (anyone else skip starters to save room for dessert?!) In which case dessert stations will make your heart (& stomach) happy! Think cheesecakes, brownies, cupcakes, macarons, cookies and doughnuts … The desserts could either be served on one huge table of sugary delights, or you could go for tables spread around the venue.


The possibilities are ENDLESS


I’m lucky enough to have worked with some of the best food suppliers in the area in my time as a wedding planner. So if you’re looking for ways to wow your guests when it comes to wedding breakfast time, then pop me a line. I’d love to chat though ideas with you.


I’d love to hear what you think of these ideas, let me know!

Beckie xx