Tired of traditional wedding food? Hannah Wilkinson is here to reveal 10 tasty alternatives for modern celebrations…

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Food stations

Not sure what to serve your guests? Why not have a selection of buffet tables each with a different food speciality? This way everyone can have their favourite food, from fish or meat to pizzas, pasta or even a curry. With so many different possibilities, your guests will be able to sample lots of different foods and will certainly be impressed with all the choice!

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Cheese and wine

After a late afternoon ceremony, serving cheese and wine at a wedding can be a classy and budget-friendly alternative to a full dinner. Make sure you have a variety of wines and accompany different cheeses with grapes and figs. Have a selection of breads with pâtés and cold meats too, combining this with hors d’oeuvres so you have a variety of sophisticated tastes for your guests.

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Buffet

Buffets are great if you’re looking for an inexpensive alternative to a three-course meal. They also allow guests to eat at their own pace and take less time and effort than sit-down meals. Buffets allow you to have a variety of food, as many cuisines as you wish and are an easy way of making sure there is something that everyone will enjoy. A dessert buffet can also work well for a later wedding and is a tasty way to round off the day.

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Picnics

This is a great idea for an outdoor spring/summer venue and is a fun way of creating an informal and relaxed wedding that’s perfect for getting your guests to mingle. Why not lay our blankets or decorate your venue with cute gingham tablecloths and fill up pretty picnic baskets with a selection of breads, cheeses, fruits and other sharing snacks? Uncork mini bottle of champagne and have a wedding to remember!

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Fondue

You could serve fondue in round starting with cheese accompanied by a selection of breads and raw veggies followed by an oil-based, meat fondue (just don’t forget an alternative if you have any vegetarian guests!). Finish your meal with plenty of fruits and marshmallows for your guests to dip into a traditional chocolate version.

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Afternoon tea

Keep your wedding simple and elegant with fabulously British afternoon tea. Provide your guests with dainty sandwiches, a selection of cupcakes, scones with clotted cream and jam and plenty of champagne. This can be a fun theme to play with and can create a gorgeous, vintage-style wedding. This is also a great idea if you’re short on time and don’t want a meal in the late afternoon that will leave your guests too full.

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Pancakes

We all know pancakes are impossible to resist! Why not begin with a selection of savoury crépe options? With a variety of fillings available ranging from cheese and ham to fancy and original recipes, you’ll be sure to cater for everyone as guests an build their own meal. Satisfy a sweet tooth and finish with traditional sweet pancakes for your guests. If you want to create a completely pancake-filled day, why not have a wedding cake that’s made entirely of pancakes, too? (Yes, they do exist!)

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Barbeque

Who doesn’t like a barbeque on a sunny day? Barbeques are a lovely choice for summer weddings and can be an inexpensive and different way of feeding your guests. The menu can be as simple or as inventive as you like, from sausages and burgers to gourmet barbeque recipes. Just don’t forget vegetarian options too!

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Hog roasts

Give your wedding a festival feel by choosing a hog roast. Serve your hog with apple sauce and stuffing, plus fresh baps. This can be a really cost-effective option, compared to the traditional sit-down meal. If you have a bit of cash left over, you could also serve salads, pasta dishes, potato salad and coleslaw to go with your hog – which also solves any issues with vegetarians.

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Fiesta

The Spanish know how to party and a fiesta can be a fun celebration for a wedding. Keep with the theme and serve your guests tapas. Although small, they can still be hearty and filling and there will definitely be something for everyone! Tapas-style food encourages your guests to move around and mingle with others during the meal and you can experiment with lots of different recipes and ideas.

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And if that’s whetted your appetite, why not have some delicious foody-favours too?! If you’re all for making your wedding a little bit different, we’ve got more alternative ideas right here!

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