Canapés at your wedding, yes or no? Here’s our advice!

Ask our team whether or not they think canapés are essential at weddings and the answer will be the same every time… YES!

In addition to them being little mouthfuls of deliciousness they also have a number of other benefits;

– Your guests will nearly always underestimate the time between setting off for church/ceremony and sitting down for dinner. This time can last at least 2 hours and sometimes anything up to five. Canapés help fill this hunger gap and ensure that alongside the bubbles and excitement, your guests are being sufficiently fed.

– A wedding is essentially the coming together of two people and two families. It is important to remember that many of your guests may not know each other, cue the canapés! A talking point and a conversation starter. Everyone loves food and talking about it, make your canapés interesting and relevant and they will provide the simplest ice breaker.

So… now you are sold on a fabulous canapé reception. How do you choose between the many options?

– Think about the style of your day, you can go with the season, you can be influenced by country or county, have fun, have a theme or take a minimalist approach.

– What is important is not to take undue risks – think about your audience – you want each and every one of your guests to have something to enjoy. Here you might like to consider the ratios of meat, fish and vegetarian options!

– Avoid high food risks that not every will like, think about how many of your guests enjoy black pudding? Will lots of them be adventurous with raw fish? These are all questions to ask yourself before you commit.

– We always recommend that you use no more than one utensil to serve, for example, one skewer, one fork, one spoon, one shot. They can be annoying if over used, each canapé should be a simple, easy to eat, elegant and delicious bite!

So here are a few ideas which we always find to be popular…

Fun foods – Think about mini versions of traditional combinations, loved by all. Modern twists on old classics produce some of the best combinations… think of smoked haddock scotch eggs with watercress mayo, waffle cones of goats cheese mousse and beetroot dust (pictured below), and our mini quails egg royale atop smoked salmon and brioche with hollandaise.

Bold choices – For the more adventurous crowd, you can certainly impress with little eats slightly outside the box. Try oyster tempura with mango jelly or seared beef with horseradish mayo, and a red pepper disc and croute.

Minimalist – Modern eating doesn’t have to be gel spheres and dry ice. Less is often more, especially for a wedding, it is all in the eating. Try tea smoked quails eggs with celery salt and asparagus dippers or Chicory leaves with blue cheese & walnut crumb.

Fusion menus – A huge benefit of living in such a multicultural society is all the amazing cuisines we are exposed to. Everyone is so much more adventurous nowadays and everyone has their favourites (Thai and Japanese are top of the list in the office!). Why not consider, Watermelon cubes with seared beef, pickled ginger and wasabi or Cucumber cups of bang bang chicken!

Menu tastings should certainly be one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning process, whether you know what you want from the outset or you work with your caterer to design something bespoke, take pleasure in the planning and keep your guests in mind!

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