When you’ve opted for a festival wedding, it can be difficult trying to balance the more traditional parts of the day with the non-traditional. While you might be inspired to abandon tradition completely when it comes to some things, some traditions are almost necessary. Like the wedding breakfast.
The wedding breakfast is the celebratory meal which is eaten just after the marriage, and it’s been a traditional part of the wedding day for a long time. The name comes from a past tradition where wedding ceremonies were held after mass and the bride, groom and all of the guests would fast until mass, and therefore the meal after the wedding but the first of the day.
Even if festival weddings are decidedly non-traditional, many couples might still want to keep some of the traditional elements – not to mention making sure their guests are well-fed heading into the night-time knees-up! But what do you do if a three-course sit-down meal doesn’t fit with the flow of your day? Here are 5 alternative ideas for your festival wedding breakfast.
Hog roasts are all the rage, and fit in the nicely with the outdoor-festival theme. Freshly cooked pork baps, crackling,… our mouths are watering just picturing it! The Spitting Pig Co, based in Burnley but serving most of the UK, offer a range of wedding catering menus, with some including an evening buffet. There’s options for vegetarians too, such as halloumi kebabs.
What says festival more than a burger van? The humble burger is a great way to get your guests fed without the need for fancy cutlery and tablecloths, and it’s in-keeping with the festival theme. But the burgers don’t have to be humble. Companies like Burger and Beyond offer hand-pressed gourmet burgers with a choice of toppings, as well as skin-on fries.
Fish and chips
A British classic. Who doesn’t love a hot plate of fish and chips with lashing of salt and vinegar? Fish and chips are sure to keep your guests happy, especially when combined with a cold beer or glass of wine. As with burgers, there are wide range of companies offering good old fashioned fish and chips for weddings, but one of the most reputable in the UK and winner of 3 consecutive “Fish & Chip Awards” is Dodson’s Fresh Catch. What’s more – their batter is gluten free, ticking the box for your gluten-sensitive guests straight away!
Pizza is up there with burgers and fish and chips for classic British festival food. Generally a crowd-pleaser, pizza has the added benefit of being a suitable option for both vegetarians and meat-eaters. We particularly like Mangiamo, who offer wood-fired pizza from a converted Fiat 500 – that’s right, a Fiat 500 with a pizza oven in it – using organic ingredients and locally sourced produce.
Mobile ice-cream/gelato bar
As a delicious pudding to your chosen wedding breakfast main, you could add a mobile ice cream or gelato bar to your catering line-up. Particularly good for summer weddings when guests will be feeling the heat, cold treats will be a great addition to your day.
This gelato bar is based in a lovely converted vintage horse box, and looks particularly classy with its black and gold exterior. Basso Gelato offers up to 21 flavours and the option to either pay by the scoop or agree on price for your guests to pay on the day. They also have matching fizz and coffee bars, so you could have a whole range of treats on offer!
We hope we’ve inspired you to do something a little different with your festival wedding breakfast! Keep an eye on our blog for more inspiration for festival wedding, whether that’s clothing, decorations, venues or accommodation.