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So you are looking for something a little different to the traditional buffet for your evening do.  Consider a garden BBQ, this is similar to a buffet but is quirky and different.  Don’t worry though, your guests won’t have to do their own cooking and we’re not talking sausages and burgers (ok, not just talking sausages and burgers!).  The menu of a BBQ can be as inventive as you want.  It will be cooked over hot coals (stating the obvious – sorry!) by venue chefs (or external caterers) and will be placed on platters to be served to your guests, as they are ready.  Not all venues can offer this option so if you are set on the idea check it our early in your planning.


Sample Options for an Evening Garden BBQ

  • Pork & Cider Sausages
  • Beef Burgers
  • Tandoori Chicken Thighs
  • BBQ marinated Pork Ribs
  • Kofta Kebabs
  • Vegetable Skewers

Served with…

  • Baby Baked Potatoes
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Coleslaw
  • Tomato and Red Onion Salad
  • Penne Pasta with Herb Oil
  • Tossed Mixed Leaves
  • Freshly Baked Bread


Canapés were traditionally served on arrival at high society weddings, however these days the majority of venues will be able to prepare cost effective canapés that will both appeal to your guest and satisfy them until your meal is served.  If money is a real issue (and when isn’t it?) for your and your partner, don’t feel pressured by either tradition, expectation or the venue (it has been know honest!) to serve them prior to your Wedding Breakfast.


A hot trend for weddings is to turn the world of canapés on its head. Instead of serving them in addition to the Wedding Breakfast and an evening buffet, serve them later on the evening in place of a separate buffet.


Contemporary nibbles can be served on platters by waiters for your guests to pick at during the evening.  Canapé style bites should be edible in one or two mouthfuls, larger nibbles should be easily carried by a single hand and be as easy to eat as a sandwich.  This can often be a slightly cheaper option than a full-blown buffet but gives the image of an expensive, contemporary affair. Canapés can be served during the 'cocktail hour' the time between the welcome drink and the meal (usually when the Bride and Groom are having most of their photographs taken) or, as mentioned, above in place of an evening buffet.


Sample Menu Options for Contemporary Nibbles

  • Miniature Fish & Chips - Served traditionally in paper cones, thich cut chips with fish goujons;
  • Individual Toad-in-the-holes;
  • A Selection of Hot Sandwiches (such as bacon, sausage, sliced beef and onion);
  • Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagels.


These larger menu items can be made to go further by supplementing them with platters of Canapés.


Possible Options for a Canapé Menu

  • Smoked Salmon and Sun Blushed Tomato Baked Mini Quiche
  • Cappaccio of Beef with Horseradish Cream
  • Olive & Feta Scones Filled with Cream Cheese & Cranberries
  • Chicken Liver Mousse on Melba Toast
  • Chicken Satay Skewers
  • Fresh Crab, Cucumber and Fresh Herb Croustade
  • Thai Green Chicken filled Choux Pastry Buns
    Goats Cheese and Sun-dried Tomato Wonton
  • Cherry Tomato and Smoked Cheese Brochette
  • Sweet Chilli Chicken on Foccotta Bread
  • Stomboli filled with Spinach & Mozzarella Cheese
  • Smoked Paprika and Parmesan Cheese straws. 


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