Firstly, to explain the term many people are puzzled by, given the ‘wedding breakfast’ is generally served in the afternoon after the wedding ceremony and drinks reception! It actually signifies the first meal the couple eat together once they’re married, and so we think it’s a rather lovely term!
As we all know 2020 and 2021 were tough years for weddings with couples having to pivot plans at a moment’s notice, and restrictions on whether/where food could be served during that time. Thankfully, those restrictions have now gone, and interestingly 2022 onwards has seen a number of shifts in what couples are looking for in their wedding breakfast menu.
There are those who are looking for a more relaxed approach to their wedding breakfast, with a significant uptake in sharing boards – especially charcuterie boards – shared with family and friends to provide an informal atmosphere to the proceedings. There’s no doubt the more informal meal is also budget-driven, and we fully expect to see this trend continue for the 2023/2024 season.
Heritage Venues has curated special menu options to help meet this new approach. Even the more traditional menus are being tailored, with 2 courses without a starter, going straight into the showstopping main course, and bespoke drinks packages.
At the other end of the scale, we’re also seeing progressive courses increasing, with couples choosing 4 and even 5 courses. The appeal is that couples and their guests have a prolongued dining experience together, whilst enjoying extraordinary food that will be talked about for years to come.
With more people turning to a vegan diet, we have an influx of guests choosing vegan and vegetarian options. Not only are they cost effective but they are sustainable and even on a lavish wedding day can help protect the planet. With this in mind we have some incredible vegan options on our menu. No tofu and steamed veg here – think gnocchi with sauteed mushrooms and a vegan cheese sauce or vegan shepherd’s pie all produced by our own chefs – yummy!
Let’s talk Street Food! Everywhere you go now you have flavours from around the world, and this is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Not only does it create a relaxed atmosphere, but it can reflect your own personal experiences – bring to the table places you have travelled throughout your relationship – Pad Thai in Thailand? Tacos in Mexico? Fish and Chips in Cornwall? The choices are endless and we can work with you on the perfect pairings to help evoke memories for you and guests to enjoy together. Street Food can be produced as a full ‘wedding breakfast’ or perfect evening food – the Heritage Venues team will help bring out your ideas and make them a reality.
Unlike others, Heritage Venues can offer tailored menus to suit your wedding breakfast vision. This is simply subject to a minimum spend, which does not tie you in to narrow packages, or a minimum number of guests.
By Laura Johnson