I’ve been to a fair few weddings over the years, and everyone always remembers the food. Maybe I just have a lot of food-obsessed friends, which isn’t a bad thing...
We ummmed and aaaahed about whether to feed people as they arrived, but because we were keeping to a strict budget and there were a couple of time restraints, we decided to keep it to welcome drinks.
The food was top of our Wedding priority list and very important to us. One of the main reasons we chose our wedding venue, was because we were allowed to use any caterer we wanted. We chose Yolk Catering based here in Brighton. The lady behind Yolk, Lizzie Bett was amazing to work with and so supportive throughout the whole planning process.
We wanted the dinner to be really relaxed, laid-back and delicious without being too heavy, and we also wanted the food to be sourced as locally as possible. We love a good picnic, so decided to go with that type of style.
Scotch eggs, mini Yorkshire puddings with rare roast beef, finger sandwiches with fresh poached salmon, Gallettes of spinach, red onion confit and stilton, baked spiced Sussex ham, and pickled peach, green bean, feta and hazelnut salad were all served to our guests. There were alternatives for the veggies and Gluten-free guests as well. There were no leftovers and our guests still talk about the food now – mission complete!
We decided not to serve dessert to the tables, as we felt that was too formal. One of my mums best friends has her own cafe in Brighton, and makes the most amazing cakes. So we asked her to create miniature versions of her cakes and treats, including white chocolate and raspberry, lemon drizzle cupcakes, Brownies and Millionaires Shortbread.
We also decided against the traditional wedding cake, and created one made out of our favourite cheeses. We had a great time cheese tasting at our local cheese monger, La Cave à Fromage and Lizzie built it for us on the day. As we were having further guests joining us for the evening celebrations, the cheese became a huge cheeseboard with crackers, chutneys and pork pies which kept everyone going all evening.
There was so much cheese and cake, we knew there would be a lot leftover. So, we arranged for boxes to be made up so that our guests could take some home for a midnight feast / breakfast. This went down a storm, and we had a lot of texts the next day thanking us for the edible gifts!
Next up, was the booze. The venue had a bar, but didn’t supply the table wine and fizz, which was fine with us. After doing the rounds of the supermarkets and wine merchants, we went with Aldi and had everything delivered a couple of weeks before. Aldi were by far the cheapest and their wines and Prosecco were great.
One thing we (and all our friends) love is a good cocktail, and we wanted to include them in our evening celebrations. Our favourite local pub/restaurant/bar, The Ginger Pig in Hove do the best cocktails in town (in our opinion) and we’ve become good friends with the staff there. So, we asked the super talented Rob and James (find them on Twitter @Robtheboozer and @JamesDuncanRoss) to create a few cocktails for our guests. I can safely say ALL the sore heads were down to these guys and their delicious cocktails! They even made a batch of one of my personal favourites, the Hugo as one of our welcome drinks.
We also had a self-serve beer station with a few kegs from Adnams in Southwold for our guests to help themselves to.
Food: Yolk Catering
Table wine and fizz: Aldi
Cocktails: James & Rob at The Ginger Pig, Hove
Cakes: Cakes The Difference
Cheese: La Cave à Fromage
Photos by Allison Dewey Photography