When planning an unforgettable wedding there is one element that shouldn't be an afterthought - the wedding catering! Not only will the food and drink you serve on your big day help to set the feel and vibe of your reception, it'll ensure none of your guests are left wishing they'd scoffed a meal deal in the car on the way there.
Besides wanting to dish up your favourite foods, one of the biggest factors that dictates your catering is the atmosphere you want to create. You may wish to encourage a formal setting with a seated three-course dinner, or perhaps you want your guests to mingle by offering smaller plates in a street food style.
A popular and trendy choice for couples having a relaxed wedding is to lay out a grazing table:
"A feast for the eyes that tastes just as good as it looks, a grazing table creates a talking point and social hub, allowing your guests to mingle and graze at their leisure. They're really versatile - you could have a grazing table instead of canapes, a sharing starter, the main course, dessert or evening reception feast," explains Josh from wedding catering company The Grazing Guys. "Our Signature meats and cheese and Yorkshire Ploughman's are the most popular, however this year our Italian Feast is up there especially with couples who have rearranged their Italian weddings to UK based events due to previous Covid restrictions."
You'll also want to have delicious drink options that complement the food available - having a mobile bar hire service like The Cocktail Broker is a seriously fun idea. "Couples always like to have a welcome drink for guests when they arrive - we suggest having a few classic cocktails at a wedding such as Pornstar Martini and Strawberry Daiquiri," says The Cocktail Broker's master mixologist Max. "Most of our big events we're providing a bit of theatre. The cocktails come with dry ice or smoky aroma bubbles from our Flavour Blaster cocktail gun."
Ensure you don't have any hangry guests on your hands with our round-up of the best wedding food and drink caterers in the UK. Whatever you taste, these Hitched award-winning suppliers have your cravings covered.
1. Avilah Foods - Reading
Specialising in African and Caribbean cuisine, Avilah Foods delivers authentic dishes made from original recipes. Choose from delicious canapes and platters, a beautiful buffet service, family dining in street food style or seated set meals.
2. Garni - Cheshire
Using only the best local produce and freshest ingredients, Garni will create modern small plate and sharing food for your wedding. With a wide range of world cuisines and a number of serving styles (tasting menus, bowl food, sharing platters and retro trucks) under their belt, they'll be something to suit all couples' tastes.
3. Blame Frank - London
For wedding catering that your guests are sure to remember, consider Blame Frank - a one-of-a-kind dining experience served from a fun green food truck! The flavourful food has plenty of flare including burger sliders, BBQ boards and dessert sharing platters.
Truck not to your taste? They can also provide an elegant gazebo set up or use an in-house kitchen for luxury presentation.
4. Game & Flames - East Sussex
Game & Flames are masters of meat, specialising in cooking wild game over open flames for enhanced flavour. The team of expert hunters and chefs put on quite a show using an Asado style grill inspired by Argentina, India and Hungary, so your guests will be fed and entertained.
5. Punk Tacos - East Sussex
Fun couples will adore having Punk Tacos cater for their wedding. They serve fresh Mexican street food, including tacos, quesadillas, nachos and burritos, from their vintage Renault Estafette van with the choice of meat-based fillings such as chilli con carne and yucatán chicken or vegan-friendly options like grilled spicy plantain and chipotle mushroom.
Oh, and don't forget a range of complimentary Mexican hot sauces!
6. The Grazing Guys - West Yorkshire
Wedding grazing tables are seriously on trend and with the Instagram-worthy feasts that West Yorkshire based food catering company The Grazing Guys are laying out we can see why! You and your guests can tuck into a menu of artisan bread, freshly baked pastries, locally sourced cheeses, mouth-watering meats, and much more.
"Our home-baked tarts, pork and apricot sausage rolls and runny scotch eggs are always crowd pleasers - it's not just all meats and cheese. When working with new couples, we like them to have their input to our ideas, including some of their favourites in the feast and sourcing local produce is a really nice touch that adds to the personalisation of the day and making it uniquely your own," they say.
More over, The Grazing Guys can even provide table scaping and foliage to decorate your table.
7. Perfect Day Caterers - Essex
Perfect Day Catering create bespoke wedding menus so your food can be just as unique as your special day will be. As well as providing everything from kitchen equipment to crockery, cutlery, glassware and staff, you'll also get a dedicated wedding co-ordinator to help with the planning of every detail on the run up to the big day, who will also be there on the day as your front of house manager.
8. Mozzarella Fellas Pizza Trading - Hertfordshire
Pizza is a fail-safe option when it comes to feeding your wedding guests - it's versatile, easy and delicious! Mozzarella Fellas Pizza Trading can make up to 50 12-inch pizzas per hour so they're ideal if you are having a large guest list.
If that mouthwatering pizza picture isn't enough to convince you, we don't know what will...
9. Kitchen of Kent - Kent
If you're looking to tuck into luxury fine-dining on your wedding day, Kitchen of Kent can accommodate. They specialise in traditional British meals with a modern approach but also offer hog roasts and buffets for a more relaxed approach.
10. Peninsula Catering Ltd. - Merseyside
Head chef Dave White has a wealth of experience with cooking so you're guaranteed a fabulous feast with his company Peninsula Catering. Him and his team's contemporary take on well-loved dishes are sure to impress your guests and have them wishing for seconds!
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11. Purple Chilli Events Catering - York
For gold standard food and service, look no further than Purple Chilli Catering in North Yorkshire. Their experienced team of chefs and waiting staff will be on hand to make your day special - serving classic British dishes with a gourmet twist.
12. Citreus Catering - Nottingham
With over 35 years of experience in the culinary industry, Citreus Catering combine classic techniques with the latest cooking trends to create outstanding dishes for your wedding day. You'll have an exceptional choice of dishes to pick from, taking inspiration from all over the world, so you're bound to find food that'll delight both you and your guests.
13. Ross & Ross Events - Oxfordshire
Ross & Ross Events have your wedding food covered throughout the whole day - their evening food is simply scrumptious! We're talking cheese toasties or slow-cooked beef rolls and grazing dessert stations.
More over, they even have a stone pizza oven and Indian tuk-tuk van for informal and relaxed late-night snacks.
14. Hot Sausage Company - Suffolk
Planning to get hitched at a festival wedding venue? You'll need on-the-go grub that matches your big day's fun feel and The Hot Sausage Company is just the ticket! On the day of your wedding, they'll set up a beautiful red mobile cart and serve a delicious display of hot dogs, including traditional English sausage and Caribbean spice. The ideal dining experience if you want your guests to mingle.
15. The Tipsy Pig - Surrey
Launched by three school friends that shared a passion for making people happy, The Tipsy Pig can create a bespoke wedding menu to meet your needs, whether that be luxury canapes or hog roast feasts.
As well as fantastic food, The Tipsy Pig can also supply a mobile bar service - you can choose from their VW bar, rustic pallet bar, or the classic black bar.
16. Vamos Paella - Surrey
You don't have to get hitched at a destination wedding venue to have authentic paella and tapas served as your wedding food - Vamos Paella in Surrey provides exquisite dishes inspired by Spanish cuisine. We love the idea of having a steaming pan of paella cooked fresh in front of your guests!
17. Anthony's Bistro and Catering - Warwickshire
Whether you're having an intimate dinner party with only a few of your loved ones, or a large scale buffet that can accommodate for hundreds of guests, Anthony's Bistro and Catering will keep everyone happy and fed. If you're stuck for inspiration they are more than happy to meet and recommend ideas.
18. Big Slice Ltd - West Midlands
At Big Slice Ltd each pizza is cooked using their own homegrown recipes with high-quality, locally, and ethically sourced ingredients. You won't have to worry about pleasing fussy guests or children, these pizza connoisseurs can use toppings to suit any palate, so you can sit back and enjoy your special day.
19. Escapade - Bristol
Escapade is a wedding mobile bar service, available for hire across England and Wales. The perfect solution to keeping your guests satisfied with plenty of beverages, choose from a cash, tab and cash or an open bar.
The stylish set up will look seriously chic in your wedding photographs - especially come evening where it will be twinkling with fairy lights.
20. Jolly Hucksters - Milton Keynes
Enjoy your favourite tipples on your special day with the help of Jolly Hucksters - a family-run mobile bar mainly serving Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. They offer tons of affordable packages that are fully flexible depending on your taste, such as a cider and ale bar.
21. The Cocktail Broker - Aylesbury
For wedding cocktails with personality, look to The Cocktail Broker and their team of master mixologists. Providing out of this world drinks with flair (we're talking dry ice and theatrical mixing), your guests will be seriously impressed if they're greeted with this at your reception.
"We always like to make sure our guests enjoy every moment of us being there, we like to think we provide a fun and professional customer service making sure it's a night our guests remember!. We do offer matching food with a matching cocktail for weddings too! Guests love having our signature cocktail of their menu called Amira and also our award-winning Mexican Kiss," they explain.
22. Hire the Bar Ltd. - London
Planning an eco-friendly wedding and need a brilliant bar to top it off? Hire the Bar Ltd only stock products that come in recycled packaging, all their bars are made from reclaimed wood, they don't use single plastic anywhere and even their syrups and soaps are made out of spare lemons and limes.
From arrival drinks and table wine to glasses of bubbly for you and your guests to toast with, they have it all!
23. The Vdub Tavern - Essex
Calling all cool couples to check out this vintage 1978 Volkswagen that doubles up as a quality bar for all your wedding drink needs. The Vdub Tavern stocks an extensive selection of wines, spirits, draught, bottled beers and ciders so there is bound to be a beverage that takes your fancy.
24. Near And Far Mobile Bar - Hampshire
Mobile bars don't come much more chic than Near and Far Mobile Bar, covering weddings throughout Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex. Their horsebox bar is ideal for outdoor weddings, festival-themed celebrations, and large indoor weddings, while their Oliver Twist pop-up bar is perfect for indoor celebrations and marquees.
We love how they will re-name the cocktails on your wedding menu to be completely bespoke to you!
25. White Label Bar - Shropshire
Bring the pub to your wedding day with White Label Bar - a Shropshire based custom-built mobile pub that boasts rustic décor complete with wooden panelling, draught pumps, fully customisable signage and an outside awning for seating.
26. Decker Bar - Suffolk
You've heard of hitching a ride to your wedding in a red double decker bus, but how about having one pull up with a fully equipped bar? Decker Bar is a converted double decker bus that is so unique we bet your guests won't have seen anything like it before. It even has an upstairs seating area and a half-open top featuring a fully-stocked cocktail bar.
27. The Touring Pourers - Surrey
Speaking of unique wedding bars, take a look at The Touring Pourers who are serving celebratory drinks from a converted Land Rover Defender! Through consultations, they can create a drinks menu that includes you and your partner’s favourite beverages - from artisan gins to sparkling Champagne as well as IPA beers.
More over, it will make for some amazing wedding photographs.
28. Sloe Drinks Co - East Sussex
Having previously catered for the Sussex Gin Festival and the Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival, your wedding drinks will be in safe hands with Sloe Drinks Co and their boutique mobile bar. Not only does it look good from the outside, they work with a number of local gin distillers, craft beer brewers, and English winemakers to provide you with a fabulous selection of locally produced drinks.
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