We put the all-important questions to our experts... this time we quizzed Darren from Carringtons Catering. Q We're having a relaxed outdoor wedding. What catering options and menus would work best for this as we don't think a traditional three-course meal is suitable?Darren says: Whimsical outdoor weddings are big news in the wedding industry, so for those wanting to achieve a more relaxed vibe, there are plenty of alternatives to a three-course wedding breakfast. A barbecue can be a fantastic option for both large and small weddings and creates an informal atmosphere that's especially fitting for a summer's day. A buffet is also a great option and gives guests the flexibility to pick and choose what they want rather than conform to set menus. It's important to consider which produce will be in season. Leafy salads with fresh fruits offer a light alternative to traditional starters and main course accompaniments while zesty desserts that include vibrant citrus flavours can really pack a punch. Summer berries also work well in trifles or a traditional Eton mess, which lends itself perfectly to an English picnic-themed wedding.Picnics are a great way to create a talking point at a wedding. Couples can ditch the traditional seating and take a pew on wooden benches or even hay bales to share a delicious selection of traditional hamper items such as salads, pastries, sandwiches and sweet treats like scones paired with clotted cream and jam. When it comes to finger food, our fish and chip cones always goes down a treat!Darren Wynn | www.carringtons-catering.co.uk
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