After the formalities are complete, it’s time to celebrate the special union with an opulent feast of love. Many couples are opting for casual grazing tables and indulgent spreads to encourage mingling
Sharing your first feast as husband and wife should be an indulgent experience for the senses.
For guests it is also a chance to toast the occasion with beautiful fresh food and drink.
Sumptuous catering operator Andrea Orchard of Annie’s Kitchen has noticed a shift from sit-down three-course dinners to grazing platters and self-serve spreads which encourage interaction.
“Food is a celebration in itself and brings people together,” she says.
“Being of Italian heritage – hence food obsessed – I consider it to be of the highest priority on the day. Everything else can be perfect but if the food falls short that’s what everyone tends to remember and talk about.”
When constructing a menu, couples should start by listing their personal favourites.
After all, the big day is a reflection of you.
“It is so important to bring all elements of who you both are,” Andrea explains.
To ensure the food offering is to your taste, open communication is a must.
Andrea says her job is to grasp the character of the couple and design a menu to suit.
“Our role as the supplier is to listen and communicate freely to get a result that will have them smiling for a long time to come,” she says.
“So many people nowadays have such a broad knowledge of food so it’s our job to execute and guide them through their vision.”
The theme and venue of a wedding generally dictates the fare.
For example, traditional nuptials tend to go hand in hand with formal banquets. Some venues offer familiar alternate drop dishes.
Rustic unions can have more of a casual vibe, with guests encouraged to eat as they please and move around to load up their plates.
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One thing is for certain, you can’t go wrong with easy-eating canapes.
“The joy on people’s faces when canapes are handed around is priceless,” Andrea says.
“A glass of bubbles in one hand and a canape in the other while talking with friends is perfect. Guests always feel special when bite size morsels are on offer.”
The presentation of the dinner table is also important. Think pretty place cards, bright blooms and themed centrepieces.
“I cannot stress enough to couples to just enjoy their day,” Andrea says.
“It comes and goes so quickly. Family and friends will love whatever food they choose.”
The drinks selection should also have several options to accommodate all thirsts.
Consider local winemakers and brewers or perhaps create a custom cocktail for the night. Pop-up espresso martini vans have been a recent hit.
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“Trends certainly do come and go and in my 25 years’ experience I have seen it all,” Andrea says.
“However, these days it is pleasing to see most couples doing what is right for them rather than what’s on trend.”
Beyond the wedding day feast, some newlyweds like to extend the official program to include a recovery lunch the day after. Pre-wedding dinners are also popular.
“That’s what food is all about, an experience,” Andrea says.