Nowadays everyone has higher expectations of Wedding Food, and in particular Wedding Breakfasts.
Couples are increasingly interested in adding their own personality to their wedding menus and choose more eclectic choices.
Mimosa is an established London caterer and alongside our a la carte menu they are often asked to create bespoke offerings for their customers to fit certain themes or ideas.
I talked to Gisella Barbarey about alternative wedding breakfasts…
If the idea of a traditional three course wedding breakfast doesn’t inspire here are our Top Ten ideas for the Alternative Wedding Breakfast.
1. British inspired Canapé party
This would best suit an afternoon wedding where your guests are peckish but not expecting a full meal.
Canapés could be modern version of the classics such as lemon & panko crusted salmon served a top a potato round with chunky tartare sauce and a delectable coronation chicken mousse served in a crunchy cup and topped with almonds.
Desserts may include mini versions of Eton mess and an alternative grapefruit syllabub cup.
Serve drinks including champagne, pimms and lager shandies.
2. Ethnic Moroccan wedding feast
A colorful and eclectic idea best suited to an outdoor or warehouse style venue.
Envision colorful tablecloths, large moroccan bowls and bright fresh flowers.
The menu could include a buffet of lemon harissa chicken skewers, chermoula salmon skewers served with herbed tabouleh, grated carrot cumin orange salad and preserved lemon roasted potatoes.
Desserts could include fresh fruit salads and traditional Moroccan sweets.
This would be a wedding to remember and would create a amazing collection of memorable photos.
3. Summer garden tea party
Very on trend right now…
Rent vintage props including cake stands and ask your caterer to provide a buffet of mini tea sandwiches, Marie rose prawn cocktails, beef and horseradish Yorkshire puddings as well as a selection of petit fours, chocolate mousse and mini tartlets.
As well as offering cold and alcoholic drinks you could also set up a area with a selection of unusual teas for your guests to choose from.
Best suited to a small afternoon wedding.
There are so many options for this wedding breakfast alternative.
How about a selection of marinated and grilled meats served with corn on the cob, roasted vegetables and a choice of homemade sauces- salsas, bbq sauces and spicy sauces.
5. Mediterranean candlelit dinner
Picture a warm summers evening, long communal tables in crisp white tablecloths with twinkling lights and fresh flowers, plates of antipasti and warm breads followed by seared beef and warm salads.
This would suit an informal small wedding party in a family’s own back garden.
There are many hire companies that can provide simple marquees to account for wet weather.
6. American style Brunch party
This could be an unusual but really fun wedding idea.
Best for a morning or lunchtime wedding.
Buffet stations could include – choose your own omelets, pancakes with different toppings and a buffet of fresh fruits, french patisseries and fancy yoghurts.
Offer drinks such as Mimosas and Bloody Marys and this wedding will be the talk of the year.
7. Scandinavian Midsummer
If the bride or groom have any Scandinavian heritage then a Midsummer inspired summer wedding would be so much fun.
Midsummer takes place in early summer and is celebrated with large plates of crayfish served with different sauces and lots of drinks – aquavit, beer and wines.
To make this messy meal more wedding friendly pre peeled crayfish could served as starters with dips followed by traditional swedish meatballs, fondant potatoes and sides.
How about a traditional princess torte for dessert?
These cakes are fabulous and a favorite in Sweden for all celebrations.
They are layers of sponge, cream and fresh raspberries covered with a thin layer of marzipan.
8. Christmas dinner
Planning your wedding near to Christmas?
Do you think you can’t have a Christmas theme? Done in the right way it can be magical.
Serve mulled wine and eggnog alongside some warmed canapés such and then a traditional beef or turkey dinner.
Then create a dessert table of mini Christmas desserts such as mince pies, christmas cake and buche de noel.
The key to creating an elegant affair with a christmas theme is a neutral or muted metallic color scheme and lots of twinkly lights.
9. Sushi and tempura buffet
This is a pretty unusual choice for a wedding.
Since most sushi is raw fish offer alternatives such as vegetable tempuras, yakitroris and vegetarian sushi rolls.
This theme would work best in an informal setting and perhaps even as an after dinner reception for extended friends and family.
10. French party
Our last idea in the top ten tips for alternative wedding breakfasts I imagine this as an elegant and rustic setting.
There are so many French dishes that taste wonderful so you could take inspiration from a region such as Bordeaux or Normandy.
Serve aperitifs of fortified wines or beers and then little chocolates with a coffee and digestif course. Best suited to an intimate small wedding.
So there you have it – our Top Ten ideas.
Which is your favorite and which are just too far outside the box?
We would love to hear your comments.
Thank you so much to Mimosa Foods for sharing their great menu ideas, who says wedding food has to be all the same.
Great food is what we expect in everyday life so why shouldn’t we expect something fabulous for our most important of days, and there are some fantastic choices to theme your day.