Food is always a big part of the wedding but more and more couples are paying as much attention to post-ceremony and late night nibbles as they are the main evening meal with lots of creative and unique offerings to avail of. If you’re after something to keep guests entertained post-ceremony, you’ll be spoiled for choice with everything from ice-cream vans to crêpe stations and for couples looking for an alternative to midnight sambos, fun food trucks and mini marquees are serving up all manner of foodie delights, from tasty gourmet burgers and curry chips to fresh homemade pizza. We’ve rounded up 6 popular options for post-ceremony and after hour eats below…
The Airstream & Chip Van Food Trucks
Food trucks are a big trend for 2015 and 2016 as couples opt for a fun, laid back festival feel to their day. Guests who’ve worked up a hunger on the dance floor will be only too delighted to join a queue for a tasty midnight feast! There are lots of great options out there but if you’re a fan of all things vintage, the awesome American Airstream trailer is the perfect way to serve guests gourmet midnight nibbles like slider burgers (it would also be ideal if you’re looking for a drink’s reception with a difference – a retro trailer serving up Prosecco will certainly wow the guests). Or if you know your guests love their late night faves like burgers, hot dogs, onion rings and chips doused in curry or garlic and cheese, they’ll only be too delighted to see the ever popular Chip Van pull on up.
Gourmet Wood Fired Pizza
Who could say no to a pizza after party! We love the latest trend to hit weddings with couples treating their guests to a heavenly slice of homemade wood-fired pizza after a few hours on the dance floor. Wedding Wood-Fired Pizza is the gourmet wood fired mobile pizza company that can make this wedding dream a reality – they whip up homemade wood-fired pizzas there and then for anything from 50 to 500 people using only the freshest ingredients including a yummy sourdough base and tomato sauce. Nom.
70s Vintage Caravan
If you’re looking to have the prettiest drinks reception ever, this adorable vintage inspired mobile cafe/bar will work a treat. Mae is a restored 1970s vintage caravan available to hire from Vintage Vanp and can be used to serve up anything from afternoon tea as guests arrive at your venue after the ceremony (it would be perfect in winter for some cosy hot chocolate and warm scones) or champagne and cocktails as a fun addition to your drink’s reception. It comes with waiting staff and can be hired for any celebration (it would be an amazing addition to an engagement or hen party as well)!
Ice Cream Treats
If you’re looking for something to fill that post-ceremony lull or something sweet, tasty and fun for dessert, Smith’s Ice Cream vans can pull up kerb side and serve 99s, popcorn, slush puppies or candyfloss to your delighted guests. Or if you want to treat guests to scoops of home-made ice cream, Adare Farm have a picturesque cart that can dish up cones, wafers or bowls of ice cream with 6 yummy flavours to chose from.
Homemade French Crepes
If you love cosy comfort food, Crepes and Craic will be right up your street. We love the idea of setting up a wee crêpe station for your winter wedding where guests can tuck in to homemade Breton crêpes freshly prepared with a choice of yummy toppings including Nutella, apple compote and classic lemon and sugar or savoury crêpes with a choice of fillings from smoked bacon to Goat’s cheese and pesto. Crepes and Craic can set up indoors or outdoors, and can cater for any part of your day from the drink’s reception and dessert to later on in the evening as an after hours snack.
Day After Celebrations
The day after the wedding is another event in itself so if you’re looking to spoil guests with another foodie feast, there are lots of options when it comes to post-wedding celebrations. A pig on a spit is a really popular and tasty option for those after a fun and informal way to end their wedding weekend/week – several companies offer this delicious service including Andrew Holmes Catering (he also offers fab BBQ options as well and can cater for your whole wedding if you’re looking to work with a talented chef for your Big Day) and the folks over at Adare Farm as well. Or if you fancy a tasty rotisserie-style feast with sides, PigOut.ie are the people to chat to.