Yesterday we featured a post all about how to ensure you have your venue just right and today we’d like to investigate another important aspect of the day: the Menu! Food and drink form a huge part of any wedding day, taking centre stage at the reception and the menu you serve can be as much a part of the overall style of your day as any piece of decoration or clothing. But enough from us, we’ll hand you over to a real expert in the form of Executive Head Chef Ross Cook from Tregenna Castle Resort.
Creating the Perfect Wedding Menu
By Ross Cook, Executive Head Chef at Tregenna Castle Resort.
‘The way to a person’s heart is through their stomach’
When planning the perfect wedding day, the presence of food is more influential than people sometimes realise. The design of the wedding cake alone will become a talking point amongst guests for years to come.
The food itself forms part of the centrepiece at a wedding reception, not just for the pleasure it delivers, but also for its ability to bring together guests from either side as they celebrate the union of the bride and groom. Therefore, a good menu is key to shaping the memory you hope will last a lifetime, and every bride wants her wedding day to be the one that everybody remembers.
To create the perfect wedding menu, be unique in your offering and remember that there’s so much more to wedding food than chicken and potatoes. Spice up your reception with one of these unique ideas:
- Onsite fish and chip van – the nation’s favourite, traditional in the making and yet completely unique in its delivery.
- Steak ‘n’ Chips – impress your guests with a chef cooking steaks to personal preference right in front of their eyes.
- ‘Shrink it down’ – serving mini versions of your favourite meals can be more impressive than their full-sized counterparts.
- ‘The Crab Shack’ – invite your guests to experience the fruits of the sea with local delicacies bought in straight from the harbour.
Important pointers to consider before finalising your wedding menu:
- Guests with dietary requirements – vegetarians, vegans or guests with gluten and dairy free intolerances will require separate menu options.
- Children attending the reception – depending on the type of dishes you choose, provide a child-friendly option.
- Seasonality and availability of ingredients – this will determine the price of a menu depending on accessibility.