Part 1 of our guide to the ultimate foodie wedding covered everything from a festival of street eats to the top food trucks for hire, today we’re back with five more genius ways to make your wedding food the talk of the town, including late night snacks, evening treats, great wine and some great ideas for edible wedding favours!
Serve the Finest Wines
Making sure your wedding food lands well isn’t all about what’s on the plate, choosing the right wines can really up the ante for those planning their Big Day around scrumptious eats. You don’t have to spend two days journeying across to central Europe for great wines at decent prices though, there are plenty of great Irish run wine suppliers who can help you to choose the best value wine, Prosecco or Champagne to impress your guests. Check out wineonline.ie, Peguses Wines in Cork and Wines Direct in Westmeath all of whom deliver throughout Ireland. Some offer extras such as personalised labels in their packages and sometimes even special wedding discounts if you’re lucky! Making your Wine is a very special company based in Kells, Co. Meath where you can actually make your very own wine for the Big Day! Find out more here.
After Hours Food Trucks
We’re pretty sure the after hours food truck may just be every wedding guest’s favourite trend to come about over the last few years, sure when is a few midnight noms not welcome after four or five hours on the dancefloor?! The Chip Van is one of the most popular choices for evening eats in Ireland, doling out late night faves like hot dogs, burgers and garlic cheesy chips (oh you know you want them!) to delighted wedding guests. There’s no doubt guests will LOVE this idea, plus it’ll make for an awesome backdrop for some fun late night snaps too!
Personalise your Cocktail Hour
The ‘cocktail hour’ is an American concept that’s been creeping across to weddings in Ireland as people begin to shake up the traditional schedule of ceremony, drinks reception, dinner and dancing. Some couples are choosing to go for a longer drinks reception in the afternoon with plenty of canapés and snack tables in a very informal setting, rather than moving straight to a four course sit down meal in the early evening. The result is more time to get super creative with a drinks menu by offering bespoke cocktails, delicious smoothies and fab craft beers. Get your juices flowing by checking out these 20 Fun Ideas for your Wedding Drinks Reception by our Ed Pam!
DIY your Foodie Favours
There has been less of an emphasis on wedding favours in the last few years as couples look to cut items from their budget either to save money or to spend on something that is more of a priority to them. However, favours are being looked at differently recently, no longer as little trinkets that often get left behind once the band starts up, but as something that really represents the couple, that is made by them or that is just so yummy it either gets eaten straight away or is stashed away in the handbag for the morning! Edible favours are welcome by everyone and there are so many great ideas out there for those looking to DIY their own and save some money. Consider items like mini bottles of Olive Oil, a personal cookie mix in a mason jar, some homemade jam, pesto or a mix of dried fruit and nuts… The list is endless, as are the brownie points (mmm brownies…)
Don’t forget the Day After!
It seems some limelight-shy brides and grooms actually look forward to the day after even more than the day itself lately, with so many new options for day after celebrations popping up into the world of weddings. The day after is the perfect time to relax and unwind with a few guests, and for the bride and groom to really enjoy some delicious food and a beverage or two without worrying about what’s to come later. There are so many great options for an informal foodie feast for hire if your venue doesn’t cover this option too. The wonderful Andrew Holmes Catering offers a fabulously unique post-wedding BBQ option with a variety of foods to suit couples and their guests, PigOut.ie can do an impressive rotisserie with plenty of delicious sides and Adare Farm do a mouth-watering pig on a spit which is guaranteed to have guests finishing out the wedding weekend in style.