PRLog - Jan. 25, 2013 - Planning a wedding forces a couple to make decisions about things that they may never previously have thought of but the task of organizing the big day is also full of fun and creative challenges too. One of the most important aspects of the day is the wedding menu – with many mouths, tastes, likes and dislikes to consider, combining flavours and tastes in a delicious way may seem like an impossible task. But, a delicious wedding menu really is the icing on the cake, and a chance for everyone – bride, groom and guests – to sit down and savour a once in a lifetime occasion. Here, the head chef at our Warwickshire country house wedding venue, Woodside, shares his top tips for creating an unforgettable wedding day menu.
What is it about the wedding food service at Woodside that makes it stand out?
Above all, it is our attention to detail and the desire to make sure each individual wedding is made to be as special to us, as it is to the couple on their wedding day. This rigorous attention to detail enables to go above and beyond a couple’s expectations and it is this element of surprise, which is key.
How do you recommend a wedding couple approach the difficult choice of what to have on their wedding menu?
Communication is crucial. It is great when a couple come prepared with a list of their guests’ dietary preferences and the different age groups that will be present but at the same time, we also know what questions to ask so a menu can be designed to suit all.
Wedding breakfasts are becoming quite popular; what kind of things could a wedding couple expect to see on a wedding breakfast menu at Woodside?
Menus are designed to suit all. Bearing budget, time of reception and time of year in mind, a wedding breakfast could consist of anything from soup to soufflés to start, chicken breast to venison for main course and lemon tart to chocolate fondant for dessert.
Are wedding menus a time to stick to the tried and tested or is there room for experimentation?
Wedding menus should be designed according to individual requirements depending on who is attending. Cultural, religious and dietary preferences will often make the biggest impact on the menu but personality does come into it too. We build a menu that will best suit the couple, their guests and the theme of the wedding; the menu has to be an all round success.
What factors do you consider when preparing a wedding day menu at Woodside?
There are several factors, the most important being: guest cultural, religious and dietary requirements, time of year, age group, time frame, theme of the wedding and type of wedding i.e. is it an all day, evening only or day only wedding.
Are there any dishes that are always firm favourites? What should no wedding day menu be without?
Our chicken dishes tend to be the most popular and chocolate desserts are always a favourite.
Whether it is finger food or a sit down meal, all the dishes are so beautifully decorated. Do you find that the personality and cultural background of the wedding couple influences your creativity?
Yes, all weddings are different, from colour schemes to individual requirements. All needs are always dealt with on an individual basis and we use this individuality to create something that is totally unique to the couple. We take a lot of pride in the way we personalise our service, rather then offer a “one service fits all” kind of package.
What is the most unusual wedding menu request you have received at Woodside?
A wedding that wanted a bush tucker trial for the evening reception consisting of 100 year old eggs, fermented herring, witchetty grubs and crickets. It was definitely different but a great challenge!
What advice would you give to couples considering their wedding menu at Woodside?
The most important thing is that Woodside is very flexible with menu compilation, so my best advice is to always feel free to ask.
If you’d like to find out more about arranging a wedding at Woodside, please visit http://www.sundialweddings.com