As regular readers will know, Cornwall based wedding planner Jenny Wren became engaged herself a few months back, and has been sharing her own wedding planning journey here on Pasties & Petticoats.
Today Jenny’s latest installment covers the all important food, and how to go about deciding who to entrust with feeding you and your guests on your wedding day…
One of the most exciting elements of planning a wedding for me has to be discussing the food! There are so many options available now to suit everyone’s taste.
Long gone are the days of a traditional three course sit down consisting of prawn cocktail, beef roast and Pavlova!
Now you can feast your eyes on the likes of seafood paella, Moroccan tagine, woodfired pizzas cooked in front of your eyes, picnic hampers, English high tea, gourmet BBQ, hog roast, Mexican burritos…I even know a company that do toasted homemade crumpets with an array of toppings! What a unique idea for an evening snack between dances.
Service style has come a long way also, with many couples opting for sharing platters as a more sociable way of dining or food stations dotted around the venue, to allow for constant grazing throughout the day.
I have even seen a nominated guest at each table carving the meat, complete with chefs hat and apron! I think it is fun to add some theatre to the meal.
Damian and I both love food, love eating it, love cooking for each other and love discovering new recipes. For us having a catering team that we can work with to design our wedding menu together was important. We didn’t just want to be emailed a menu with a tick box next to each course to pick from.
After working with Beetham Food on several weddings and attending client meetings and tastings with them, we knew Jamie and his team were right for us. Jamie spends time with his clients, chatting through what food you both enjoy and creates a menu that reflects them and fits with the style of their day.
Stunning presentation paired with sensational taste means they create the sort of food that your friends will be talking about several years later, that’s how it should be.
However we not only picked them for their talents in the kitchen but for various other reasons also. I have listed these below other factors we took into consideration and, knowing Jamie, knew he would deliver…
Correspondence is key – Being a wedding planner, good communication with my suppliers is essential and it should be the same for couples planning their own wedding. Caterers are not just responsible for delivering great food and service on the day, during the lead up to it their prompt response to emails and phone calls is essential. They are playing a big part in your day and often need to be involved in certain logistics or planning elements.
Look the part- May sound trivial, but believe it or not I have seen front of house staff serving food in flip flops and vest tops before at a wedding. This may be fine for the beach bar down the road, but for a wedding? No matter what style of food you are going for, in my eyes the service staff should be in appropriate clothing when serving food.
Service with a smile- Coming from a hospitality background, customer service has always been part of my career and I pay particular attention to it, whether that’s when we are out for a meal, on the phone to the insurance company or even just at our local shop. As such, excellent service is equally as important to us as excellent food for our wedding. This is not just keeping our table wine topped up or clearing the plates on time, its chatting and interacting with our guests, looking after them and general having a happy smiley presence. I want our guests to feel the staff are having a good time too.
It’s all in the detail- Attention to detail when laying the tables is something I am always rather picky about. You want your cutlery polished, glasses sparkling, napkins folded, table cloths creaseless …
I know this and more will be taken care of, leaving me to relax and enjoy the morning of our wedding, instead of fretting about whether the name place cards are in the correct positions as I’m getting beautified!
Keep it local- Beetham always use locally source produce from the South West as much as possible and have a particular love for Cornish seafood (as do we!) Less food miles is a winner in our eyes.
One wedding one day- We liked the fact ours would be the only wedding they would cater for that day. Knowing the regular and experienced team, as well as Jamie himself, would be in the kitchen means 100% commitment to us with no distractions.
Passion- Being a planner, I have seen behind the scenes in many working kitchens at weddings. As well as a fantastic system and synergy in working together, the team genuinely love what they do, are clearly very passionate about it and have fun along the way.
As well as the above, Beetham Foods always feed the wedding planner at any wedding they do, which perhaps also left a lasting impression with me!
We are so pleased to be working with Beetham Food and are looking forward to the tasting in February.
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