This one is for all the festive wedding couples – what to add to your menu to keep the vibe festive. From gingerbread house bites to cranberry canapes – we’ve got your festive Christmas wedding menu covered.
Locally-Sourced and Seasonal Food
For your Christmas wedding menu, work closely with your caterer to source locally-produced, seasonal ingredients. This not only supports local businesses but also ensures the freshness of your dishes. Picture a feast featuring roasted root vegetables, Brussels sprouts, and winter squashes, all locally-sourced for that authentic Christmas touch. You could also add some to your tablescape styling!
Vegetarian and Vegan Options
Create a Christmas wedding menu that embraces plant-based food alongside traditional offerings, providing vegetarian and vegan options that are just as festive and flavourful as their meat-based counterparts. Create a Christmas wedding banquet where stuffed mushrooms, vegetable skewers, and a hearty vegan Wellington take centre stage, showcasing the diversity and richness of plant-based cuisine.
Cheese and Dip Boards
Create a cheese and dips display featuring local cheeses and artisanal crackers, all arranged on boards that showcase the diversity of regional produce. Accompany these delights with seasonal fruits, nuts, and homemade chutneys for a visually stunning and sustainable spread. Trawl Instagram and Pinterest for ideas on how to display them in a festive way.
Organic and Fair Trade Coffee Station
Set up a cosy coffee station featuring organic and fair trade coffee, complemented by a selection of flavoured syrups, whipped cream, and festive toppings like cinnamon and cocoa. Serve these warm beverages in reusable or compostable cups to reduce waste and encourage a sense of community among your guests.
Ethical Chocolate Fountain
As the celebration continues, surprise your guests with a chocolate fountain featuring ethically sourced and fair-trade chocolate. Add dippable treats such as strawberries, marshmallows, and pretzels, adding a touch of decadence to your sustainable dessert options.
Zero-Waste Dessert Bar
For a sweet and interactive element, showcase a dessert bar with zero waste in mind. Picture bite-sized treats like mince pies, gingerbread cookies, and fruitcakes, all arranged in an eco-friendly manner to minimise leftovers and reduce environmental impact.
Festive Mocktail Bar
Imagine your guests mingling around a festive mocktail bar, indulging in non-alcoholic alternatives crafted from seasonal fruits, herbs, and sparkling water. Garnish these refreshing drinks with sprigs of rosemary, cranberries, or citrus slices for a decorative touch that complements the Christmas spirit.
Hot Cocoa Station
As the celebration reaches its peak, offer a warm and comforting end to the evening with a hot cocoa station. Imagine guests sipping on rich hot chocolate adorned with toppings like marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, and peppermint, creating a cosy atmosphere that embraces the festive season.
Farmers’ Market-Inspired Salad Bar or Grazing Table
Create a visually appealing salad bar using fresh, locally-sourced greens and vegetables. Create a vibrant spread with an array of dressings and toppings that suit different tastes, allowing guests to create their own salads and fostering a sense of community.
Upcycled Decor for Food Displays
Incorporate upcycled and repurposed items into your catering setup for a rustic and eco-friendly touch. Use wooden crates, vintage trays, or recycled pallets, all contributing to a unique and sustainable wedding decor.
Family-Style Dining Experience
Create a family-style dining experience that gives a sense of togetherness like on Christmas Day. Make dishes served in large platters for guests to pass around, encouraging shared conversations and reducing individual waste. This communal approach aligns with sustainability while adding a warm and familial atmosphere.
Homemade Pickles and Preserves Bar
For a sweet ending to your celebration, consider a homemade pickles and preserves bar. Add a selection of pickles, chutneys, and jams using seasonal ingredients, allowing guests to take home small jars as thoughtful and sustainable wedding favours.
Recyclable and Biodegradable Dinnerware
Choose dinnerware made from recyclable or biodegradable materials. Choose bamboo plates, wooden cutlery, and compostable cups, all minimising the environmental impact of your celebration. Work with your caterer to ensure that waste is sorted appropriately for recycling and composting.
Local and Organic Wine Selection
End the evening with a toast using a selection of wines from local vineyards or those with organic and sustainable practices. Consider serving mulled wine for a true winter Christmas vibe.
Serve festive canapes when guests arrive to set the scene that this is a Christmas wedding through and through. Here are some of our favourites:
- Mini Mince Pies with Brandy Butter: Serve bite-sized mince pies with a dollop of brandy butter, creating a delightful and traditional Christmas treat for your guests to enjoy.
- Cranberry and Brie Crostini: Present elegant crostini topped with a layer of creamy brie cheese and a spoonful of tangy cranberry compote, offering a perfect balance of flavours
- Goat Cheese and Fig Crostini: Offer crostini topped with creamy goat cheese and a spoonful of fig jam, combining sweet and savoury notes for a sophisticated canapé.
- Blue Cheese and Walnut-Stuffed Dates: Present decadent stuffed dates with blue cheese and a crunchy walnut, providing a rich and satisfying canapé experience
- Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries with Pistachio Crumbles: Indulge your guests with chocolate-dipped strawberries, coated in pistachio crumbles for a sweet and crunchy canapé.
- Brie and Cranberry Tartlets: Present mini tartlets filled with creamy brie cheese and a spoonful of tart cranberry compote, creating a luscious and festive canapé.
- Gingerbread mini houses: Create little gingerbread houses or hearts with sweets as decoration.
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