Catering for weddings


If you are an outside caterer who caters for weddings, it is a good idea to have some dishes in your repertoire that can make the day go perfectly. This will depend to some degree on the type of reception that the bride and groom are having, but it makes sense to have at least one standout dish for each type of wedding reception.


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According to a survey carried out by You and Your Wedding, the cost of wedding food generally makes up about 14 per cent of the total budget. If brides and grooms are spending that much on food, it needs to be very good. Whether they are going for a formal sit-down dinner, a buffet-style reception, or something altogether less formal like a BBQ, as the caterer, you need to ensure that the food is as good as it can be.

Sit-down dinner

If there is a formal sit-down dinner for the reception, the bride and groom might wish to give their guests a choice for the main course. If you have the catering equipment to do this, it is advisable to offer them a meat dish, fish dish and a vegetarian option to choose from along with any side dishes.


As reported in the Daily Telegraph, a couple recently catered their wedding from food waste. Although you might not want to cater for a wedding in this way, it shows that there are many different ways to feed a wedding party. If couples are having a buffet reception, it is a good idea to have a mixture of hot and cold dishes, all of which should be capable of being eaten with fingers or just a fork.


An increasingly popular option for weddings is a barbeque. This can be the main meal, but it is sometimes used as additional food for an evening reception. If you have equipment from somewhere such as, you could either offer standard BBQ-style food such as ribs and burgers or something more unusual like a hog roast.

If a bride and groom approach you about catering for their big day, be sure to give them a range of choices. The day is all about the bride and groom, so you’ll want to do your best to understand their vision and make their day perfect.