Meals on Wheels – The Alternative Wedding Breakfast


The Alternative Wedding Breakfast

Today on the Blog we are talking about the Wedding Breakfast! The food is going to be one of the most important aspects of your big day, so it is vital you get it right!
Catering for every taste, age group and financial resource can be one of the biggest challenges facing a bride-to-be. But with the trend moving away from the more traditional sit-down wedding breakfast, a more informal, budget-friendly and creative way of satisfying a hungry guest has emerged. All hail the food station!

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An array of stations offering ‘tasters’, can be an imaginative and artistic way to provide food for any number of guests, however when planning a wedding where food is a little less conventional, it’s worth checking with your potential venue first to see what they are willing and able to do. Some venues may have restrictions or extra charges for bringing in catering options that they may not already offer.

Most wedding venues are only too happy to provide a blank canvas for a gastronomic bride and groom using caterers who are flexible and inventive with their food, so that couples feel they are getting something a little different and personal to their tastes and financial situation.

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Budget isn’t always the reason behind the more informal style of catering like BBQs and buffets. Lots of couples are looking for something alternative and more and more are shying away from the set traditional three-course meal. Throughout this blog you will have seen make-your-own burger bars, pick ‘n’ mix sweet shops, crepe machines and ice-cream vans to name but a few alternative food ideas.

If you’re looking for unique ways to feed your wedding guests, here are some ideas to whet your appetite……

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COCKTAIL HOUR – Food in cocktail/shot glasses, late night snacks, personalised pizza station and dessert tables for receptions heavy on dancing and good times.

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BOWLED OVER – Bowl food or sometimes known as a walking buffet is filling the gap between canapés and a full-on wedding feast. Usually served by waiters, it’s a slightly more substantial than a mouthful but with the added bonus of giving your guests lots of choice.

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PICTURE PERFECT – Cinema themed with mini hotdogs, flavoured popcorns, toffee apples, nacho bar and ice-cream stand. A tasty addition especially if you are theming around your favourite movie or providing entertainment for guests into the evening.

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FAIRGROUND ATTRACTION – For weddings outdoors, create your own festival or carnival atmosphere with coconut shy, hoopla and traditional food trucks serving burgers, hotdogs, baked spuds, doughnuts and candyfloss.

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IT’S A CLASSIC – celebrate true British food with your own take on a classic pub, complete with your personalised home-brew. Serve fish ‘n’ chips, seafood, pie and mash or how about a sausage station with locally sourced mustards, relish and sauces.

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EXTRA TIME – if budget and imagination allows, those added extras can create a real Wow factor to your wedding feast – bespoke drinks stations like coffee bars, cocktail masterclasses, wine and beer tasting. Sweet tables, edible favours (like homemade chutneys, pickles, bottles of home-brew) and ice-cream stands with all the toppings.


I hope you like my suggestions, I’d love to hear what you have chosen for your wedding breakfast! Are you going for something traditional? Or a little more alternative? Have you found it difficult suiting everyone’s tastes? Please feel free to leave a comment below.

Big Boho Love

Bran xx


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    Wedding Caterers

    What an amazing article – some great wedding breakfast ideas, thank you for sharing this post, some great pictures as well.


    Great ideas here, I love that you can really fit them to any wedding theme you want. Brillant.

    Florence Hirst

    Delicate wedding food is essential to delight your guests. In recent times, we have seen a growing trend towards the meal on wheels phenomena. I had my brother’s marriage last month, and it was catered by Linda’s Pantry, and their food quality was awesome!!


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