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What food should you serve at your wedding?

Food at a wedding can be decided by lots of different factors, from the time of year and theme, to the time you have your wedding or the dietary requirements of your guests.

Deciding on the right food can be one of the trickier parts of your wedding planning. We’ve highlighted some of the things to keep in mind that can help with your decision.


What time are you eating?

For many weddings, it is increasingly common to have a main meal following your ceremony and your photographs. But then have a smaller meal later on to provide food for those guests who attend your evening reception.

Think about when your wedding is taking place. This can have a massive bearing on the sort of meal you have. For example, if you’re having a wedding later on in the day, it might be worth opting for either a buffet or traditional wedding breakfast to help your day flow more effectively and not bombard guests with too much food.

Whereas, if your wedding is an all-day event, you might choose to have a traditional wedding breakfast, then follow this up with a smaller meal later on in the day. This is often much more relaxed and a chance for you to do something less traditional.


Wedding breakfast

Your wedding breakfast is something you should discuss with your venue. Many venues will have a range of different menus that you can pick and choose from.

You might have a set menu, with a defined starter, main and dessert. This could also include additional options for guests who are vegan, vegetarian or have allergies, such as to gluten or nuts.

When you create your wedding menu, you might have a few different options for your guests to choose from in advance. If this is the case, it’s worth adding a section on your RSVPs to allow people to highlight their menu choices or dietary requirements.

If you’ve found a venue that would be perfect for your wedding, but the food options aren’t what you envisioned for your special day, then it’s worth talking to your potential venue in advance. For instance, you can find out how flexible they are or if you can use outside caterers.



You might want a much more informal dining experience at your wedding. A buffet is a great way to do this. It also means you can accommodate for different tastes by having a range of dishes available.

You might have a focal point to your buffet, such as a barbecue or a hog roast, with different side dishes and accompaniments making up the rest of the food available. Or you could have a range of dishes for guests to choose from instead.

The buffet doesn’t need to be any less refined than a traditional meal. Venue staff can serve food to your guests and help make getting access to the buffet table much more streamlined and simpler – as guests aren’t reaching over each other to get what they want.

Less traditional

If you’re having a second meal as part of your wedding, this tends to be the point where you can do something more out of the ordinary or showcase your favourite foods.

Burger vans, fish and chips, custom-made pizzas and dessert tables are just some of the options you could consider.

This meal tends to be a lot simpler and is usually served in a buffet style. It’s a great opportunity for your reception guests to grab something to eat, or for guests who are still hungry, after the wedding breakfast, to have something else.


Helping you organise the rest of your wedding

Food is a key part of most celebrations and a wedding is no different. It can be a talking point and memorable part of your celebrations.

At the Shireburn Arms, we have a dedicated team of wedding planners that can help you organise your perfect wedding, big or small – from helping organise the flow of the day, to providing guidance on the perfect choices of food for your guests.


To find out more about having your dream wedding at the Shireburn Arms, get in touch with our Dream Makers to talk about your big day.

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