7 Exciting Outdoor Wedding Food Ideas!
It’s an exciting time, planning your open-air celebration and the possibilities of having an outdoor wedding really are endless! It’s a fantastic opportunity to be creative and offers freedom, space and flexibility. We’re all about thinking outside the box – revamping old traditions and creating new ones. So rip up those seating plans for that overdone set wedding breakfast menu and be inspired by our list of fantastic wedding food ideas!
1. Street Food
H-Types, vintage horseboxes and Land Rovers - wedding street food is often just as exciting as the vehicle it’s made in and can make quite an impact all lit up when the sun goes down. Quick, informal and relaxed - whether you like pizza, pies or paella, there’s so many fab food vendors to choose from.
Planning a festival wedding? Having a quirky food van parked up beside your marquee really does complete an outdoor celebration. The Big Dub of Love is a 1979 converted VW campervan. Owners, Lou and Matt Hardy offer a bespoke wedding service – consulting with their couples to ensure a truly personalised menu. They cater anything from handmade beef burgers and slaw to Cajun halloumi and spiced veggies and believe in quality ingredients and big flavors – made from the heart and so good for the soul!
2. DIY Picnic
Grab a blanket, deck chair or haybale and dive into a personalised hamper, complete with a bottle of fizz, handmade bakes and locally sourced jams. So British, so different and so you!
Picnics are also a great way to keep the kids fed, watered and most importantly entertained throughout the speeches.
3. Fine Dining
Fine dining doesn’t have to be formal. It can be creative, colourful and fun! A ‘Canapes & Cocktails’ outdoor reception is the perfect opportunity for your photographer to get some fantastic outdoor shots and a great way to unwind and socialise after the ceremony. Then for the evening, why not dine alongside your nearest and dearest on unique and beautifully styled dishes, tailored to you and your truly beloved in an atmospherically lit marquee?
Our pals at The Cheshire Dining Experience do just this. Offering bespoke catering for outdoor events, these guys pride themselves on their top notch service! Forward thinking, environmentally conscious and advocates of locally produced produce, you can find out more about what they have to offer in our next post.
We are huge fans of this stuff and couldn’t think of anything more heavenly than a cheese reception! Your family and friends will love to graze on a variety cheeses, olives, chillies, chutneys, pickles, breads, crackers and jams.
A cheese bar is an excellent addition to a rustic themed wedding and looks fabulous styled with natural foliage, wood and flowers. Complete the table with a beautifully dressed cheese wedding cake and your wedding will no doubtedly be a memorable one on your choice of food alone!
5. Woodfired Pizza
Because who doesn’t love a pizza?! Particularly after a drink or 3! Pizza Peddlers are your pizza people. Rocking up in their vintage Citroen H van, they make everything from scratch. Under the bright light of their atmospheric signage, your guests will enjoy watching the craft of stonebaked pizza making, then take great delight in chowing down on it’s doughy deliciousness!
6. Hog Roast
There’s nothing more heart warming than a gathering around a campfire once the sun goes down and an outdoor hog roast is a great way to get your guests outside before the the fireworks begin!
7. Ice Cream
Ice cream, sorbets and frozen yogurts – on a hot summers afternoon, surely you’d want nothing more? Truly Scrumptious does just this. A handmade, powder blue cart with a very vintage feel, draped in bunting and fairy lights, she adds a touch of magical nostalgia to any special event.
Enjoyed by children and adults alike, your guests will love to cool down with a refreshingly cold sweet treat with a fun, sugary topping of choice!