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Considerations For Outdoor Wedding Catering

Planning a unique wedding is harder than it sounds. If you want to avoid overused function rooms and throw convention out of the window, finding an outdoor venue could be the solution. Open-air settings are not limited by the constraints of traditional event spaces, providing a blank slate for you to make your mark on your special day. Food Champs provide customised outdoor wedding catering, enabling you to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience. With careful planning and exceptional food, an outdoor wedding can be a truly magical day.

Outdoor Wedding Catering Options

Food Champs offer a diverse range of catering options to suit every taste. If you’re looking for a laid-back and rustic vibe, our BBQs and hog roasts are perfectly suited to open-air venues. The aroma of slow-cooked meats sizzling on the grill or roasting on the spit adds an extra element of excitement to any outdoor celebration.

Alternatively, for settings without on-site cooking facilities, our cold buffet option provides a convenient and delicious solution. Prepared in our commercial kitchen and delivered fresh to your location, our cold buffet offers a variety of tempting dishes that are perfect for al fresco dining.

For venues with an on-site kitchen, we also offer hot buffets, bottomless sharing platters and elegant three-course meal options; however, the distance between the kitchen and the seated guests should be taken into consideration to ensure the food arrives at the table at the correct temperature.

Our Top Tips For Outdoor Wedding Catering

1. Have A Rain Plan
One of the biggest concerns when it comes to outdoor weddings is the weather. While sunny skies and warm breezes are ideal, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate. It’s essential to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather, especially when it comes to food service. Consider renting a tent or marquee to provide cover for your guests and catering staff. This will ensure that the food stays dry and your guests stay comfortable, no matter what the weather decides to do.

2. Think Carefully About Your Menu
When planning your outdoor wedding catering, it’s important to consider the weather and temperature on the day of your event. While certain dishes may be crowd favourites, they may not be practical for an outdoor wedding, especially during summer. Avoid foods that are sensitive to temperature fluctuations, such as ice cream or delicate pastries, as they may not hold up well in outdoor conditions. Instead, opt for hearty dishes that can withstand the elements, such as grilled meats, fresh salads and seasonal vegetables. Food Champs will work with you to create a menu that is both delicious and weather-appropriate.

3. Consider Access To Electricity
Another important consideration for outdoor wedding catering is access to electricity. Many outdoor venues may not have readily available power sources, which can pose a challenge when it comes to cooking and serving food. Although electricity restrictions may reduce your menu options, Food Champs can provide showstopping alternatives that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. Depending on your menu, you may need to arrange for a generator to power cooking equipment and refrigeration units. We will discuss this with you during our initial meeting.

4. Determine Cooking And Serving Locations
When it comes to outdoor wedding catering, the location of the cooking and serving areas is crucial. Depending on your menu, our team may need to set up a barbecue grill or hog roast station. By keeping this a sensible distance from the main wedding, the aroma will remain appealing rather than overwhelming. Consider the layout of your venue and choose a location that is convenient for both the catering staff and your guests. It’s also important to ensure that the serving area is easily accessible and well-organised to facilitate smooth service throughout the event.

Get In Touch With Food Champs

While planning an outdoor wedding may require more effort and attention to detail, the payoff is well worth it. By choosing an open-air venue, you can create a day that is truly unique, memorable and reflective of your love story.

Contact Food Champs to discuss your menu ideas and reserve the date of your wedding. Email info@foodchamps2020.co.uk or get in touch via our website.

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