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Afternoon tea reception

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New bride

I’m about to book my caterer for canapés, afternoon tea (selection of finger sandwiches, 2 types of cake, and scones), and evening hog roast and cheese tower cake.

 

They’re all foods I love and am excited to eat, but  I’m worried that other people won’t see it as a proper wedding meal.

 

How would you feel as a guest being served afternoon tea at a wedding ?

Bridezilla

I'd be fine with it, afternoon tea is quite filling! Love hog roast too 😁

My planning thread: http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/forum/your-planning-threads/town-centre-barn-wedding---august-2019/452338.html

Bridezilla

Have to admit, I was invited to a wedding last year with an afternoon tea instead of a 'proper' meal and I scoffed when I read the invite thinking that we'd all be left starving until the evening reception and that they were trying to keep costs down (which I completely understand btw!). But actually was really surprised, there was loads of food all served to us - sandwiches, mini quiches, tartes, mini sausage rolls etc. as well as a few desserty pieces and I found myself walking away really full! It was also quite nice to have a greater selection of food, being a former picky eater. I didn't feel as pressured to eat or leave anything I didn't like - just grabbed a few staples I knew I'd enjoy and filled up on those.

In short, afternoon tea is a really nice idea and anyone who thinks negatively about it initially will probably enjoy it on the day. :) 

Wedding addict

Sounds good to me!  I think as long as there is enough of it so people don't go hungry it'll be lovely. Sometimes it's nice to go for a lighter option as well so people aren't falling asleep afterwards (or is that just me.... ) 

Wedding addict

I’m going to an afternoon tea wedding next month, and I’m really looking forward to it! I think it makes a nice change from the traditional sit-down meal (which I love and had at my wedding, by the way, I’m not criticising that option), and creates a bit more of a relaxed tone.

Bridezilla

What about vegetarians?

Bridezilla

RubyCat wrote (see post):

What about vegetarians?

Cake, cucumber sandwiches, egg sandwiches, mini tartlets, etc...(making myself hungry.. )

Probably the issue might be 'what about anyone who is gluten free/vegan', but it's still possible to have gluten free cakes and tarts, and vegan ones if guests require.

In the evening, pulled jack fruit or similar would have a 'hog' feel.

Wedding addict

It depends, we wanted an afternoon tea followed by hog roast but switched it round due to people travelling quite far for the wedding as our caterers said people would be hungry! 

New bride

The caterers have said to allow for 10-15 canapes per person, so I’m not concerned about people being hungry, just that afternoon tea might be a bit ‘underwhelming’?

 

i think part of it is that the caterer doesn’t offer mini quiches or anything like that with it, so it will just be sandwiches, cake and scones.

Wedding addict

Who doesn’t like sandwiches and cake? I wouldn’t call it underwhelming but as I said we want it too! Go for what you want!

Bridezilla

Definitely go with what you want, it's your day after all.  You'll never please everyone, even with a full sit down meal there will always be someone that moans about something.  I would just mention it on your invites or wedding website (if you have one) and then your guests will know in advance and won't be surprised by it.

Bridezilla

That's a hell of alot of canapes per person! Most venues recommend 5 or 6 pp.

My planning thread: http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/forum/your-planning-threads/town-centre-barn-wedding---august-2019/452338.html

Bridezilla

That's a mental amount of canapes! If your drinks reception is an hour or so then you're expecting each guest to eat a canape every four minutes! 

Dont get me wrong, as a guest i would love that many but you have to consider whether a waiter/waitress is going to be able to get round your guests quickly enough to shift the amount of canapes you have.

We're going for 6 per person and have been told that's plenty. 

New bride

Yeah, I was surprised by the number of canapés. But equally I went to a wedding recently and the waiter just kept arriving with more and more canapés, and I loved it!

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