Your menu - an introduction

The wedding breakfast is one of the most central and pivotal elements of your big day. Creating the first meal that you will share as a married couple isn't the simplest of processes - particularly when you bear in mind that you're not just ordering for two!

It's how you serve the food as well - make sure you hire a reputable catering company who have good staff

Your venue or caterer will of course advise you on what is available given the format of your day. Considerations that will not necessarily be highlighted are listed below:

  • Are you aiming for something that everyone can eat or is it more about your own style and palates? (There is no right answer here but honestly assessing this at the outset will save a lot of nervous energy and mind-changing)
  • Do you have guests with dietary constraints – it is customary to ask people this at the time of sending the invitations but you will need to prepare a detailed analysis to hand to your venue to avoid chaos on the day.
  • Make sure you have planned to have something to eat before the proceedings begin. You may well not have a huge appetite but this is advice that applies however calm (or stressed!) you anticipate being
  • Ask your venue for advice on canapés particularly if you are planning a leisurely session before the meal when your guests will thirstily begin consuming alcohol. A little bite of something at this stage can avoid disaster later in the day.
  • Are there children coming who won’t want your selected adult menu? How do you wish to handle these in the context of adult food service?
  • Have you looked at the meal as a whole to make sure that it is ‘balanced’ both in terms of content/colour/style? 
  • If you can choose to use seasonal ingredients for you meal then so much the better!
  • Look at evening food alongside the main meal. The hog roast is great but probably not ideal if you have had parma ham followed by pork belly for the main….and none of it may suit some of your guests!

At Bijou we invite our couples for a food tasting roughly three months before their day. Sampling a 3-course tasting platter featuring the five most popular menu choices, they’re able to sample their wedding food in the surroundings of their wedding venue and get a great impression of the quality and presentation of the food. Of course, you may want to have this experience earlier on in your planning but we find it is a much more enjoyable part of the process if done slightly later, once some of the less exciting things have been sorted and are in place.